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101 Pasta & Noodle Dishes
by BBC Books
Order:  USA  Can
BBC Books, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

I admit it: I could probably eat pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the rest of my life, and never crave anything else. So imagine my delight when I got my hands on 101 Pasta & Noodle Dishes.

In her introduction, Jeni Wright claims that 'at BBC Good Food Magazine we don't know anyone who doesn't like pasta and noodles - and we bet you don't either!' (Well, actually, I do, but that's not the point.) I believe the reason Wright hasn't met many people who don't enjoy this type of food is simple: pasta and noodles are some of the most versatile ingredients available in your kitchen cupboard.

Don't believe me? Just browse through the wide variety of mouthwatering recipes in this book. There's something for everyone here. Serving a home-made brunch or dinner for family and close friends? Try Sicilian Lamb with Noodles or Tricolore Tagliatelle (a dish that is as wonderful to look at as it is to eat). Serving a vegetarian meal? Look no further than the Veggie Pasta with Goat's Cheese, the Rigatoni with Roasted Squash, or - my personal favorite - Veggie Bolognese.

If simple, classic pasta dishes are more your style, the Spaghetti Carbonara and the Storecupboard Minestrone winter soup are sure to please. And if you're interested in trying something a little more adventurous, why not start with Creamy Fish Lasagne or the Cheddar and Spaghetti Puff?

The recipes included are arranged by meal type, ranging from Simple Suppers to Veggie-friendly Dishes and Low-fat Dishes, thus making it easy to find the perfect recipe for any occasion. Each recipe also includes estimated cooking time and serving size, along with an in-depth summary of calorie consumption and essential nutrients. By far my favorite feature of this delightful book is that a stunning, full-color photograph accompanies each recipe.

101 Pasta & Noodle Dishes is a small, compact cookbook, perfect for sliding in your purse and taking with you when you go shopping. With this book as a companion, you'll never have to wonder what's for supper again.

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