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"When you have good ingredients, you don't have to worry about cooking. They do the work for you." – Lucia, 85 Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name, Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers. Featuring over 80 easy and acc "When you have good ingredients, you don't have to worry about cooking. They do the work for you." – Lucia, 85 Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name, Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers. Featuring over 80 easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy, you will be transported into the very heart of the Italian home to learn how to make great-tasting Italian food. Pasta styles range from pici – a type of hand-rolled spaghetti that is simple to make – to lumachelle della duchessa – tiny, ridged, cinnamon-scented tubes that take patience and dexterity. More than just a compendium of dishes, Pasta Grannies tells the extraordinary stories of these ordinary women and shows you that with the right know how, truly authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and entirely achievable.


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"When you have good ingredients, you don't have to worry about cooking. They do the work for you." – Lucia, 85 Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name, Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers. Featuring over 80 easy and acc "When you have good ingredients, you don't have to worry about cooking. They do the work for you." – Lucia, 85 Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name, Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers. Featuring over 80 easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy, you will be transported into the very heart of the Italian home to learn how to make great-tasting Italian food. Pasta styles range from pici – a type of hand-rolled spaghetti that is simple to make – to lumachelle della duchessa – tiny, ridged, cinnamon-scented tubes that take patience and dexterity. More than just a compendium of dishes, Pasta Grannies tells the extraordinary stories of these ordinary women and shows you that with the right know how, truly authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and entirely achievable.

30 review for Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks

  1. 5 out of 5

    ReadAlongWithSue

    I very well illustrated book. I loved the photos of the “grannies” and the history and facts of it all. Wasn’t impressed with the recipes as nothing there I’d make.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    An excellent blend of story, techniques, and recipes that is worth the read even if you don't cook any of the dishes. My lone caution is that true kitchen novices might flounder a bit because a fair amount of kitchen savvy is assumed in the recipes. Don't let this scare you away, but be prepared to watch technique videos, ask Chef Google, and maybe even call your parents for tips. An excellent blend of story, techniques, and recipes that is worth the read even if you don't cook any of the dishes. My lone caution is that true kitchen novices might flounder a bit because a fair amount of kitchen savvy is assumed in the recipes. Don't let this scare you away, but be prepared to watch technique videos, ask Chef Google, and maybe even call your parents for tips.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gianna Lorandi

    Fantastic recipe book. Loved all the hand shaped pasta. Just want to make every single recipe in this book! Also really enjoy reading all the nannies' stories, so lovely. Fantastic recipe book. Loved all the hand shaped pasta. Just want to make every single recipe in this book! Also really enjoy reading all the nannies' stories, so lovely.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This is a marvelous cookbook if you are looking for authentic from scratch Italian (not Italian American) recipes that are from older women that are treasures in Italy for their regional pasta recipes. Pasta Grannies are also on Youtube so you can view what they are teaching you. Lots of great stories about the regional pastas and how the collection came to be....so many great recipes in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    viktoria

    pre-read: There is a YouTube channel (and a cookbook) called Pasta Grannies. Life is not always terrible.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Val

    Simple recipes with short ingredient lists. My favorite thing about the book is the photography: beautiful photos of grannies and their pasta.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela Gyurko

    My favorite cookbooks have as much history and anthropology as recipes. I found Pasta Grannies via video, and having read the stories of these remarkable women, I now want to unleash my latent pasta-making skills. And to read their recipes and watch their videos, one realizes we all have latent pasta-making skills.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    I got this cooking book because of the Youtube series of the same name in which the author interviews and cooks with Italian grandmothers (mostly) in various parts of Italy about their distinctive pasta dishes. The recipes included here are a glimpse at both the festive and everyday regional pastas, whose use is gradually fading with this generation. I should say that I got this as someone who loves to cook and has a genuine love of Italy (partly because of my studies and partly because of trips I got this cooking book because of the Youtube series of the same name in which the author interviews and cooks with Italian grandmothers (mostly) in various parts of Italy about their distinctive pasta dishes. The recipes included here are a glimpse at both the festive and everyday regional pastas, whose use is gradually fading with this generation. I should say that I got this as someone who loves to cook and has a genuine love of Italy (partly because of my studies and partly because of trips there). I enjoyed the stories about the pasta and life away the touristy areas that I've visited. They are important glimpses into Italian rural life in the last couple of generations. And the recipes are fun. I'm not sure if I'm liable to do any of them (some ingredients might be tricky to get here in North America), but they can give some ideas of different ways to use pasta. This is well worth the read, if only to get a glimpse of a very different world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Cooking is magical transformation, sustenance, pleasure, tradition, nostalgia... and this book gathers all of them. While nearly all of the recipes are comprised of simple ingredients (homemade pasta/dumplings plus something saucy or brothy), it is delightful to see the array of outcomes that can be produced from very humble, similar starting ingredients. If you are looking for new, innovative ideas, this is not the place; these are time-tested mainstays through thick and thin -- the glimpses in Cooking is magical transformation, sustenance, pleasure, tradition, nostalgia... and this book gathers all of them. While nearly all of the recipes are comprised of simple ingredients (homemade pasta/dumplings plus something saucy or brothy), it is delightful to see the array of outcomes that can be produced from very humble, similar starting ingredients. If you are looking for new, innovative ideas, this is not the place; these are time-tested mainstays through thick and thin -- the glimpses into the stories of the people behind these recipes brings everything together and makes you want to have pasta parties all the time, not only for the joy of it, but to keep these recipes and techniques alive.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    My grandmother's kitchen once again First of all, I'm pleased with the Kindle edition, which allows me to click on the Index and be taking directly to the recipe. I remember my grandmother's kitchen and her incredible handmade pasta and suga. These recipes will make a fine addition to what I learned from her. The stories, the pictures, all of this makes the recipes more personable to me, almost like being there to talk with the Pasta Grannie while she performs her magic. My grandmother's kitchen once again First of all, I'm pleased with the Kindle edition, which allows me to click on the Index and be taking directly to the recipe. I remember my grandmother's kitchen and her incredible handmade pasta and suga. These recipes will make a fine addition to what I learned from her. The stories, the pictures, all of this makes the recipes more personable to me, almost like being there to talk with the Pasta Grannie while she performs her magic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    What a beautiful book. The physical book is so beautiful that I will probably not mark it up as I prepare the recipes -- I usually make notes in my cookbooks, but maybe not in this one. This is a lovely blend of stories about the nannas, information about their way of preparing pasta and about the pasta shapes themselves, their regions and histories. I have not finished reading it and I haven't made any of the recipes yet, and will come back to finish this review when I have. What a beautiful book. The physical book is so beautiful that I will probably not mark it up as I prepare the recipes -- I usually make notes in my cookbooks, but maybe not in this one. This is a lovely blend of stories about the nannas, information about their way of preparing pasta and about the pasta shapes themselves, their regions and histories. I have not finished reading it and I haven't made any of the recipes yet, and will come back to finish this review when I have.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The design of this book is quite lovely the pages are tipped in red ink, there is a separate insert done on the individual “grannies”, the photos are nice because they incorporated each person with the recipes. Unfortunately the overall recipes were not for me because I have no interest in making my own pasta, but overall, I appreciated the thought and effort that went into putting it together.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Love this book and how the recipes are from nonas who are 65years and above - going back to the roots of hand crafted pasta. If you do get the book be sure to follow them on one of the social media apps as the technique nicely comes together with the recipe. This is the only cool book that I highly recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ariane Seixas

    This book is beautiful. After purchasing Marcella Hazan's' Essentials of Italian Cooking' I never felt the need to buy another Italian book. But Pasta Grannies goes beyond that. It's not only about the recipes but the stories of those women, it's passing along their knowledge and traditions. The photos are stunning and I felt like having all of them as grand-mothers. This book is beautiful. After purchasing Marcella Hazan's' Essentials of Italian Cooking' I never felt the need to buy another Italian book. But Pasta Grannies goes beyond that. It's not only about the recipes but the stories of those women, it's passing along their knowledge and traditions. The photos are stunning and I felt like having all of them as grand-mothers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Lovely to look at, would love to eat many of these recipes...but I don't have the time to peel tomatoes or make pasta from scratch. I wish I did, and could only do most of these recipes occasionally. But very authentic, made me think of my grandma (seeing recipes similar to some of hers...I miss her so). Lovely to look at, would love to eat many of these recipes...but I don't have the time to peel tomatoes or make pasta from scratch. I wish I did, and could only do most of these recipes occasionally. But very authentic, made me think of my grandma (seeing recipes similar to some of hers...I miss her so).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashani

    Magic happens always when flour and eggs binds together. But its ethereal when Italian nonne does it when her heart and love kneads into the pasta dough ! Another reason to love simple regional Italian food !

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    This is perfect for my holiday cooking! I consider myself a so-so home cook so I love the detailed instructions and the simplicity of the recipes. There are also some that use out-there ingredients (for my Asian tongue) that I'm excited to try! This is perfect for my holiday cooking! I consider myself a so-so home cook so I love the detailed instructions and the simplicity of the recipes. There are also some that use out-there ingredients (for my Asian tongue) that I'm excited to try!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    very well written, engaging, and enjoyable as history. now to test the recipes! the youtube channel's book playlist is definitely a helpful visual for the pasta making techniques. it's so fun to have the nonnas' backgrounds and recipes in book format. very well written, engaging, and enjoyable as history. now to test the recipes! the youtube channel's book playlist is definitely a helpful visual for the pasta making techniques. it's so fun to have the nonnas' backgrounds and recipes in book format.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ghisela

    I love this cookbook! The recipes are easy and delicious; you really can't go wrong. Although, some items seem like they may be difficult to find; work with what you have and you can't go wrong. I feel like that's how a pasta granny would roll. Either way enjoy yourself and your cooking. I love this cookbook! The recipes are easy and delicious; you really can't go wrong. Although, some items seem like they may be difficult to find; work with what you have and you can't go wrong. I feel like that's how a pasta granny would roll. Either way enjoy yourself and your cooking.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Hughes

    Home with nonna What a wonderful book. You get to meet the grannies after you learn regional dish they made. These elderly are so industrious at their ages showing their craft of feeding their families

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Just beautiful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Gorgeous!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Delicious!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Beautiful pictures and stories. Makes me miss all the opportunities I never had to cook with my Sicilian great grandmother.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    Filed under “if I didn’t have children this would have wonderful projects.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Abby Frye

    So excited to have this cookbook in my house! I think learning from people who have been cooking for years recipes handed down through generations is the way to go.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This has become my go-to pasta-making book. I've been trying out a few of the recipes throughout the year and had very good results. This has become my go-to pasta-making book. I've been trying out a few of the recipes throughout the year and had very good results.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Borchetta

    My Hero’s! A must for pasta lovers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole lee

    great addition to your pasta cookbook shelf

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    I wanna be a pasta granny! I wanna make everything in here at least once. My goal for the next couple of years. Homemade pasta for sure!

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