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Book Review: Eataly: All About Pasta

To celebrate National Pasta Day (October 17th) and World Pasta Day (October 23rd), Rizzoli is releasing “Eataly: All About Pasta: A Complete Guide with Recipes,” a book that distills the wisdom of Eataly’s pasta experts and presents dishes, some classics but many with a modern bent, that feature everyone’s favorite food.

For those who love Italian food, Eataly is a very familiar name. Wikipedia describes it “a large format/ footprint Italian marketplace (food hall) comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, bakery, retail items, and a cooking school.”

Eataly is a portmanteau of “eat” and “Italy.” It was conceptualized by in 2002 Oscar Farinetti, but it was not until 2007 that his vision came into reality when he opened the first Eataly in Turin, Italy. It was so successful that other locations opened one after another until the name “Eataly” became synonymous with Italian food and Mediterranean cuisine.

Written with Natalie Danford, “Eataly: All About Pasta: A Complete Guide with Recipes” gives a bird’s eyeview of the world of our favorite carb source. Opening with a map of Italy that identifies where certain pastas come from, the book also teaches readers how to make their own pasta!

Organized by “families” of pasta, this book explains every major pasta shape, its history, the best sauce pairings, and the inside scoop on signs of quality pasta at the market.

Still, its biggest draw are the recipes provided in the book. Very informative and very easy to follow, “Eataly: All About Pasta: A Complete Guide with Recipes” will live in your kitchen because you will constantly reach for it.

If the photos in the book do not entice you to try, drop by Eataly locations during the month of October where all 5 US sites will be hosting in-store interactive experiences, highlighting recipes from this book. Recipes range from all-time favorites such as Tortellini in Brodo to Eataly’s contemporary creation of Roasted Egg Pasta with Chicken Stew.

In one quick reference, this volume provides everything the home cook needs to prepare delicious pasta dishes for an elegant dinner party, a make-ahead buffet, or a quick family meal with a genuine Italian touch.

Eataly: All About Pasta: A Complete Guide with Recipes serves as the ideal kitchen companion, whether you would like to master mixing and forming the dough from scratch or want to expand your repertoire of easy weeknight sauces for store-bought pasta.

All About Pasta

About the Author: Eataly is a worldwide retailer of the highest quality Italian foods, with more than 40 stores, including 5 in the United States. Its open layout is based on the traditional piazza marketplace, with various ingredient-focused boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants sprinkled throughout the store. Eataly encourages consumers to be active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience where they can shop, taste, and savor high-quality traditional Italian cuisine alongside local and artisanal products.

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