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The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook

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If you want to learn to make your own pasta with a machine, The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Kind of Amazing Pasta Your Pasta Maker Can Make by Lucy Vaserfirer, is one of the best books in print. Not only does it have dozens of recipes for basic pasta dough, it has step by step instructions that even the most inexperienced novice can successfully follow. It covers regular crank pasta machines, as well as attachments for mixers, and also extruders and cavatelli makers. 

Not only does this book walk you through the steps to make fabulous pasta, it contains dozens of mouthwatering recipes for saucing the pasta – from a simple retro Tuna Noodle Casserole to fancy Squid Ink Chitarra with Shrimp, Peas, and Pepperoni Crumbs with plenty in between. There are dozens of shapes of pasta discussed and in this book (although it could use a chart of the various types of pastas), and serious new pasta makers will find that they have something new to make every day for months. There are essential sauces (such as bechamel and browned butter), as well as excellent fillings for stuffed pasta. Included is also information on drying, storing, cooking, and saucing. There are beautiful photographs, especially of the pasta making steps, but the book could use photographs of all of the finished dishes.

Although I’ve been making pasta for years, and have several cookbooks on the subject, this one is definitely the best. Anyone serious about learning to make good pasta will want to own this cookbook. Highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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I would purchase this book on the basis of the cover photo alone - seriously.  Then I opened the cover to find a million more fabulous photos, easy to follow instructions for several types of pasta machines and fantastic recipes such as Spaghetti with Seafood Marinara, Chocolate Egg Fettuccine with Roasted Strawberries and Fettuccine with Corn and Smoked Salmon.  This is your all in one, everything you need to know about making pasta cookbook.  I came for the photos, but I stayed for the recipes.

I received a complimentary advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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This is a solid introductory cookbook for home cooks interested in making pasta from scratch. After all, who hasn't tried a new kitchen skill since COVID started. I look forward to trying out some of these recipes in my own kitchen and to see the final version!
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Since I own a couple of different pasta makers, I was happy to review this book as it covers different types of pasta making machines. It covers manual machines as well as electric ones, and pasta-making attachments for stand mixers. However, it did not include the older, pedestrian, stand-alone pasta machine. (Maybe it makes such inferior pasta that it wasn't worth including.) However, I was delighted to find new pasta recipes, and a beautiful presentation of the finished dishes. There were some stellar examples of pasta-as-art with a beautiful dish of beet-juice striped pasta as an example.

If you do not have an Italian granny to teach you, this book provides good step-by-step instructions to make you own pasta, supported with clear photographs of the process. Homemade pasta is fun to make and tastes far superior to store-bought varieties, even the premium brands. It is also an activity that can be easily shared with children. With the information from this book, you can develop the skill and the confidence to make your own pasta!
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A must have, for pasta lovers, and those that want to make magic with their hands.  then enjoy your creations.  Definitely gets you thinking of other combinations
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This pasta machine cookbook is a great gift for those who want to make their own pasta in their home.......
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The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook by Lucy Vaserfirer is the book I have been looking for. This book is crammed full of so much information regarding pasta!

First of all, it covers the difference between the three types of machines. I never even knew there were three different types of machines. I never realized all the tools that are needed for making pasta. While I would love to make my own pasta, I don’t know where I would store all the tools. 

I never realized how many different flavours of pasta there are and how much you can play around with them. I am excited to try more and more of these as I get tools. This book was not limited to Italian pasta. There were kinds of pasta from all over the world, which I loved and appreciated. 

The book concludes with some amazing recipes. The few we have tried have been amazing. I am sure they would taste even better with homemade pasta.

I will be buying a physical copy of this book for sure. My husband and I have already enjoyed the eARC I received of it, and it is a must add to our small cookbook collection. 

I received an electronic advanced reader copy from Quarto Publishing Group- Harvard Common Press through NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own.
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Big, Bad, Ultimate Book of pasta with everything from A to Z that you can think of to make!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and see myself using it whenever I want pasta. This book has everything!! Loved it!!
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This was included in a feature on my blog and will be reviewed more thoroughly on GoodReads soon. The details and links will be sent directly to the publisher in the next stage of this process.
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I have thorougly enjoyed  my experiments making fresh pasta using the directions and recipes in The Ultimate Pasta Machine.  Vaserfirer is a master at explaining the steps in a way even a novice can follow.  The idea that this one book can teach readers to use three diffferent kinds of pasta machines sounds like a good one--and perhaps it would be for home cooks who have not yet decided which kind of machine to purchase.  However, most of us who would purchase a book like this already have invested in a machine--and will find only certain sections of this book fully applicable to their needs.
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This is my love song to The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook by Lucy Vaserfirer.  

TUPMC, is a beautifully illustrated book, extremely informative, and includes a great number of mouthwatering recipes (guess what I just had for lunch?).  The listing of utensils and equipment is huge and covers a wide range of Pasta-making methods, shapes, and types.  If you are not going to adopt pasta-making as a hobby or business, there is no need to panic, the author is kind enough to mention early on in the treatise that the book can be used to choose your own adventure.  

I, personally, own one of the old-fashioned, heavy, hand-cranking pasta makers that is clamped onto a table or counter.  I find using it to be unwieldy, time consuming and really a mess - especially if all I want to do is make pasta for lunch.  Also, if you don't have a lot of counter space you have to leave your counters and kitchen table covered with pasta strips/leaves to dry.

Buuuuuuut, since there is no substitute for homemade pasta (I eat homemade pizza or pasta four or five times a week), I do not compromise.  It is just so simple to throw ingredients for egg noodles into my Magimix, sprinkle a healthy amount of flour on my marble counter-top, roll out thinly, and use my trusty pizza slicer to cut into thin strips.  I let sit for half an hour or so to dry enough so it does not stick and then toss into boiling water for about three minutes or less - easy peasy! Sometimes I barely let it dry for five or ten minutes and still the pasta always cooks perfectly. I forego all the other fancy shapes and types of pasta and use this method only making small enough amounts for lunch or dinner only and, if I make a larger recipe, I leave the dough in the fridge and use the next day.  

It probably never would have occurred to me just how easy it could be to make pasta like this if I had not watched my grandmother with a child’s fascination, rolling out egg noodles on her kitchen table and then cutting into thin strips or small squares to serve in chicken soup on Friday nights and holidays.  My favorite egg noodle recipe is dairy so it does not suit me for my chicken soup but is excellent for vegetable soups or, when sliced into wider strips, boiled quickly and then covered in sauces - a generous number of which are included in this book.

The book’s instructions are comprehensive and cover equipment, utensils, types of material/ingredients, compiling, cooking, frying, saucing, storing, and more.  It also covers cleaning your equipment.  Besides amazing cooked sauces (tomato and ricotta, puttanesca, carbonara, alfredo, marinara, tomato and ricotta, mushroom tartufo, broccoli anchovy, and of course several more exotic ones), there are instructions for making uncooked sauces (anchovy caper, dried tomatoes…. - sorry about the drooling), and other yummy recipes like home-made crème fraiche and cultured butter, pickled peppers, ricotta.  There are also soups, a few Chinese and Japanese noodle recipes, and much more.

Oh yes, by the way, there are also meat recipes.  I hardly touch the stuff myself so I focused on what I love… you will have to read the book yourselves if you want to know about the recipes with pork, bacon, shrimp, etc. For anyone who does not eat meat or who does not mix meat and dairy, there are not a lot of landmines.

Thank you NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group / Harvard Common Press and Lucy Vaserfirer, the author of this amazing book, for an Advance ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I LOVED IT!!!!
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The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook definitely covered a wide range of pasta topics such as different pasta machines, pasta recipes, storing and cooking the pasta, sauces, to completed gourmet dishes. 
It was a little nolgastic for me as I remember making pasta with a flour covered kitchen table, a hand-cranked pasta maker with first sheets of pasta littered on the table and then ribbons of noodles drying, working together with my mom to create some really great tasting pasta. This book goes beyond the basic manual pasta maker by covering the sheeter pasta machine (the electronic stand mixer pasta attachment) for spaghetti or fettuccine, extruder pasta machine for macaroni or rigatoni, and cavatelli maker pasta machine for shells such as orecchiette. Then there is an introduction of other equipment and ingredients. 
The author, Lucy Vaserfirer, then explores in detail various pasta recipes such as, egg pasta, Spinach egg pasta, beet egg pasta, chocolate egg pasta, semolina and oil pasta, udon, ramen, soba, etc. There are picture instructions on how to make the dough, and written instructions of different pasta shapes. While I know the basic shapes, there are some shapes that I'm not familiar with,  that I wished there were finished pasta pictures to use as reference. Furthermore, there are pasta filling recipes for filled pasta such as ravioli or tortellini from butternut squash, pork and shrimp wonton filling,  etc. 
Then this knowledge is put together in creating finished dishes from Pappardelle with Sunday Pork Raju,  Tagliatelle with Creme France and Smoked Salmon, Pork Belly Noodle Bowls with Sichuan Chile Oil, Fried Wonton with Soy dipping sauce, and many more recipes. I appreciate that there were traditional Italian pasta and Asian noodle recipes. The recipe photos look delicious, but I wish there were more of them. I've already bookmarked many recipes and look forward to exploring different pasta doughs and making the completed dishes. 
Thank you to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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All around book... so you can prepare and make pasta. Use kitchen aid attachments or other various tools sold on Amazon. A wealth of info here but all-inclusive. Shows you the how-to step-by-step with photos, explains how to use three different pasta machines and it also gives you tips on how to storage, cook, serve your pasta, and at the end, there are some sauce recipes and some yummy dishes you can make using you freshly made pasta.

Throughout the cookbook are numerous color photos illustrating cooking techniques and recipes.
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* Really amazing cookbook!! I would love to make my own pasta and this is certainly the book id want to own to help me, the recipes sound great too!
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I’ve always been proud to tell people that I am part Italian, but I had no idea how much I didn’t know about pasta! The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook started off explaining the different pasta making machines that the recipes in the book would call for. It also included a lot of information on various tools and ingredients that are often used when making pasta. The book also included information on how to store your fresh pasta.

The recipes were broken into two different sections. The first section focused on recipes for creating the pasta while the second section focused on recipes that turned that fresh pasta into complete dishes. There were also recipes for different sauces and staples, including homemade butter and ricotta, and everybody’s favorite Italian treat, Cannolis! 

I really enjoyed how Vaserfirer included recipes that were not Italian. She included Asian pasta recipes that sounded delicious. The only real negative that I see with Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook is that making pasta seems to require a ton of equipment from the very beginning. Which means that if you’re just starting out, it could become expensive purchasing all the equipment and machines you need.
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Very thorough, useful, clear and appetizing book about making pasta from scratch. I found a lot of useful information, and will purchase a print copy to keep in the kitchen. Great addition to a library, would make a lovely gift.
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This book explained how to make a variety of pastas using three different types of pasta machines: a sheeter pasta machine, an extruder pasta machine, and a cavatelli pasta machine. The author talked about tools, equipment, and ingredients for making pasta. She included many recipes for different types of pasta dough (egg dough, chocolate dough, spinach dough, etc.), sauces, and even completed dishes. This is a useful, informative book about using these pasta machines.
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As a child I remember day of coming home from school and finding every surface of the house cover with pasta in various stages of drying. My mother and grandmother used to spend all day making these strands by hand.
These days we have various machines and extrudes which take all the time a energy out of making pasta. This book has a chapter on equipment and forms, it also explains the ingredients required and  has some fabulous recipes for coloured variety pasta, noodles and filled parcels, and everything in between.
This book is absolutely a must have if you want to make your own pasta, there is so much information, so much variation on what can be achieved in shape, colour and fillings and all explained well and simply.
A fabulous book to dip into again and again
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The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook  is also a very pretty book. the first half is divided into thirds, with one third each dedicated to each of the main types of pasta machines. After that it's sauces and fillings. Yum. It is a bit odd having an instruction book where there are whole chapters that are are irrelevant to my kind of pasta maker (I use a Phillips machine) but this is a pretty, useful and tasty book.
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Rating 4.5 Stars

I have a pasta machine that doesn't get out as often as I like, so I hoped this book would encourage me to do just that;  Pasta is easy enough to make, so goodness knows what my excuse is really!

The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook is divided into six main sections:
- Introduction including pasta machines
- Storing, Cooking, Saucing and Serving
- Creating Finished Dishes
- Pantry and Fridge Staples
- Creating own new pastas
- Sources, tools & Equipment and Ingredients

First off, there is more than one pasta machine?  That's something I wasn't aware of.  I always thought there was just the rolling type one, though admittedly I did know there are attachments for the KitchenAid.  Does that count as a machine in this case?  There are colour photographs provided to show two of the different types of pasta machines-sheeter and Extruder.  It seems I have a Sheeter, making long thin sheets that can then be placed in the cutter to make different long shapes such as spaghetti or tagliatelle.  The Extruder looks like a butchers mincer but has no blade and forces the dough through a die-think of the kids using playdough and making the long thin hair.  Finally, the Cavatelli is used to make thick pasta shells or dumplings

The Introduction continues with an explanation of the different types of pasta and the other equipment you would need to make pasta plus a list of ingredients.

The Sheeter Pasta Machine section has a basic dough recipe, then 23 different types of dough recipes from chocolate to green tea.  The mixing of the dough instructions is covered by a multitude of colour photographs.  It provides details on how to make the dough into sheets and if you do have the KitchenAid attachment, what settings to use.  Also explained is how to laminate herbs, flowers and colours into your sheets.  Then it provides details on how to get the different pasta shapes, even something as simple as a lasagne sheet or as interesting as Farfalle (bows) before moving onto stuffing pasta.  This section provides nine different recipes for the fillings.

Both the Extruder and Cavatelli chapter are very short - no more than half a dozen pages on each. The section on the Extruder, has another basic recipe and then provides three more.  It provides no other recipes or doughs but comes with a colour photograph of different dies.  The Cavatelli section shows an image of the machine itself.  It again comes with it's own basic dough recipe along with four more.  All the chapters on the machines comes with tips on how to clean the machines after use.

Storing, Cooking, Saucing and serving comes next.  It explains how to freeze pasta, how to dry it out without it cracking and how long to cook it for.

The Finished Dishes chapter provides recipes of essential sauces with suggested recipes and their page numbers they are married with.  Following on from the sauces are Pasta and Noodle Dishes, which include classic such as Lasagne and Pork Ragu plus Wonton Soup, Chocolate Egg Fettuccine with strawberries, Seafood with spaghetti - overall there are 51 recipes to choose from.  Beyond Pasta has recipes for Cannoli and  Semolina Crackers.  

The Pantry and Fridge Staples provides a number of different homemade recipes such as spicy Italian sausage,  Crème Fraiche, Ricotta, Pickled Peppers and stocks.

The recipes throughout the book come with both imperial and metric measurements, however not all of the recipes have a colour photograph to accompany them.

There is a list of resources at the rear of the book for equipment, which appear to be mostly American.

Overall this is an excellent book and has inspired me to get the pasta machine out much more often and try some new dishes with fresh pasta.

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.
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