Cook the Book: 'The Glorious Pasta of Italy'

20110818-166728-the-glorious-pasta-of-italy.jpgWhether it's a quick dinner of spaghetti with garlic and olive oil or transcendent plate of handmade tortellini, pasta has an innate ability to satisfy and comfort in ways that no other dishes can.

It's that soul satisfying nature of pasta that draws you into Domenica Marchetti's The Glorious Pasta of Italy.

Just one look at the plate of hand-cut pasta and and tiny meatballs that graces the cover and you'll be ready to change your dinner plans to include something a bit more pasta-centric. Delving into The Glorious Pasta of Italy you'll find gorgeous recipes for pastas—classic, modern, regional, and reinvented. There are sauces and doughs to mix and match (think Saffron Pasta with Lamb Ragu), warming pastas in soups, cheesy pastas baked al forno (hello, Lasagne di Crespelle with Truffled Mushrooms), weekend showstoppers, and quick pastas for those nights when time is not on your side (BLT Bucatini). And as someone with a clear passion for pasta, Marchetti has included a glossary of pasta shapes, info on ingredients and equipment, and a thorough tutorial on fresh pasta-making.

We'll have that pasta pot boiling nonstop for a week's worth of recipes from The Glorious Pasta of Italy. We'll be simmering a big batch of Ragu alla Bolognese by way of Marchetti's Abruzzese mom, hand rolling Roasted Carrot and Ricotta Gnocchi with Herbed Butter, and replicating that plate that graces the cover of the book, Maccheroni alla Chitarra with Ragu all'Abruzzese and Palottine.

Win 'The Glorious Pasta of Italy'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Chronicle Books, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Glorious Pasta of Italy this week.

All you have to do is tell us about the best plate of pasta you've ever encountered in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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