Anything’s Pastable: 81 Inventive Pasta Recipes for Saucy People

Morrow Cookbooks. Mar. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780063291126. $35. COOKING
James Beard Award–winning podcaster and author of Eat More Better, Pashman wants to shake up the way people think of pasta and how it’s sauced. In retrospect, this really isn’t surprising given Pashman invented cascatelli, a new pasta shape that Time named as one of the best inventions of 2021. Working with a team of recipe developers, Pashman has now assembled an ingenious collection of recipes that celebrate and elevate pasta dishes as well as a supporting cast of culinary characters like pestos and pangrattatos. As he puts clever spins on classic dishes (like his kimchi carbonara or keema Bolognese), Pashman writes with a zesty, addictive sense of wit, and his goal of educating readers in the ways of pasta extends to informative mini-essays on topics like how to buy dried pasta, as well as a rant on why spaghetti sucks. If Willy Wonka and Alton Brown collaborated on a pasta cookbook, the end result might be something like this—revolutionary in all the right ways.
VERDICT An excellent guide to saucy noodles by the delightfully zany and brilliantly insightful Pashman.
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