Ever since her first bite of authentic Italian gnocchi 20 years ago, Jenn Louis developed a passion for fresh, handmade pasta. It appears on the menu of her Portland restaurant Lincoln and is the topic of her debut cookbook Pasta By Hand: A Collection of Italy's Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta.
Louis, who you may know from Top Chef Masters, offers readers more than 65 recipes for hand-shaped traditional pastas and dumplings and the homemade sauces they pair best with. Her cookbook covers everything from the gnocchi of Piedmont and cavatelli of Molise to Tuscan gnudi and the passatelli of Emilia-Romagna, inviting readers along on an exciting hands-on journey to replicate the flavor and texture of authentic Italian pasta.
The stunning images will stir your appetite but the best part of Pasta By Hand is that you won't need a fancy pasta machine or special equipment to make the recipes, all of which can be made with simple tools you most likely have in your kitchen like a fork or rolling pin. The cookbook is divided by Italian regions and the author offers vibrant anecdotes and helpful tips to help you obtain great results.