Gift Idea: Mastering Pasta Cookbook

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Is your mom a foodie?  If so, we have the perfect Mother’s Day gift for you – check out our review of Mastering Pasta!

About Mastering Pasta

Award-winning chef Marc Vetri wanted to write his first book about pasta. Instead, he wrote two other acclaimed cookbooks and continued researching pasta for ten more years. Now, the respected master of Italian cuisine finally shares his vast knowledge of pasta, gnocchi, and risotto in this inspiring, informative primer featuring expert tips and techniques, and more than 100 recipes.

Vetri’s personal stories of travel and culinary discovery in Italy appear alongside his easy-to-follow, detailed explanations of how to make and enjoy fresh handmade pasta. Whether you’re a home cook or a professional, you’ll learn how to make more than thirty different types of pasta dough, from versatile egg yolk dough, to extruded semolina dough, to a variety of flavored pastas—and form them into shapes both familiar and unique. In dishes ranging from classic to innovative, Vetri shares his coveted recipes for stuffed pastas, baked pastas, and pasta sauces. He also shows you how to make light-as-air gnocchi and the perfect dish of risotto. 

Loaded with useful information, including the best way to cook and sauce pasta, suggestions for substituting pasta shapes, and advance preparation and storage notes, Mastering Pasta offers you all of the wisdom of a pro. For cooks who want to take their knowledge to the next level, Vetri delves deep into the science of various types of flour to explain pasta’s uniquely satisfying texture and how to craft the very best pasta by hand or with a machine. Mastering Pasta is the definitive work on the subject and the only book you will ever need to serve outstanding pasta dishes in your own kitchen.

Our Review

It’s no secret that I LOVE to cook.  But one thing that I have never tried to master is making my own pasta.  It is definitely something that I see contestants on my favorite cooking shows doing, and is on my cooking bucket list this year for sure.  With Mastering Pasta, I’m confident to give it a try.

The book covers all the basics- I can’t wait to try gnocchi! The author also provides great sauce pairings, which is something that the whole family is going to enjoy, regardless of who is setting out to make the dinner! The thing that I think I love most about this cookbook is all the images – it’s a great step-by-step for novice past makers!


  1. Rosie says

    I make my own pasta all the time. I use different recipes, but I would love to have this book. Also, it would be a nice gift along with a few of the tools to help make pasta, too. Nice!

  2. adriana says

    My grandma makes homemade pasta and it never fails to amaze me how amazing it is! I’d love to try it on my own one day!

  3. says

    This sounds like fun to try out. lol I love pasta, but I’ve never tried to make my own. I feel like I could really impress family with this.

  4. Our Family World says

    I have never tried a homemade pasta before. I believe it will be much better! It sounds like an awesome book!

  5. says

    This would actually be a great gift for me, so I’ve gotta drop some tips to my husband! I love pasta and I’ve always wanted to try making my own.

  6. Pam says

    I have always wanted to learn to make my own pasta. Homemade pasta is so much better than the dried kind.

  7. says

    Making homemade pasta is something that is on my list to try in the future. It seems really daunting, but I think having a good book, like this one, with lots of great pics would be so helpful :)

  8. says

    Homemade pasta is the best! But I am. It great working with dough. I think the book would definitely help me understand the texture and science behind pasta and make me better at making it!

  9. says

    I make all my own different pasta and find it fun and relaxing. Plus you can’t beat the fresh taste of pasta. Plus I just happen to love cookbooks. Yes I read them like a book.

  10. robin rue says

    This sounds like an awesome cookbook. I grew up in a big Italian family and we made our own pasta – there is nothing like it.

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