Peace, Love, and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes from a Chef’s Home Kitchen

Abrams. Sept. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9781419747366. $35. COOKING
Conant adds another cookbook to his already impressive body of work as a chef, restaurateur, Food Network star, and author. The title indicates a focus on pasta, but it’s misleading; pasta recipes make up just one section, albeit a major one. The overall vibe skews Italian, but the cookbook also veers surprisingly widely into other territories, including an entire chapter of Turkish recipes, based on the heritage of Conant’s wife. There are also entries for French toast (with Nutella whipped cream), clam chowder, pork schnitzel, and whoopie pies for dessert. Recipes are squarely aimed at the home cook but are not necessarily quick, particularly if readers follow Conant’s lead and make their own fresh pasta, for which he provides step-by-step guidance and numerous variations. All measurements are given both by volume and by weight, and the instructions are clearly laid out and accompanied by engaging headnotes and gorgeous color photography.
VERDICT A great addition to the celebrity cookbook shelf, as well as a go-to source for a variety of delicious recipes influenced by a range of cuisines. A winning cookbook.
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