The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together written by Allison Arevalo is a wonderful cookbook that centers around a family tradition and how to share the love of pasta with friends and family. As she says in her introduction "Pasta Friday is a life-changing tradition that turns neighbors into friends, and friends into family". I was really inspired by delving into this cookbook about the history behind the tradition of Pasta Friday. She also shares great advice on how you can start your own Pasta Friday and keeping it casual with room for everyone, including the cook, to enjoy the entire event.
The photography by Sara Remington is top notch, and inspires you to use pasta shapes you may never have heard of, and understand the emotions that these gatherings bring out in people. This book is packed with full color photography that brings this cookbook to life!
Recipes in The Pasta Friday Cookbook
There are more than 70 recipes in this cookbook, a different pasta recipe for every week of the year, plus some helpful recipes to offer salad options and other great additions.
This cookbook is arranged by seasons, and you are going to find pasta recipes that you have never experienced, but you can't wait to try! I love peaches, but never dreamed of trying them in a pasta - but the recipe for Pam's Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Peaches will make you swoon. Other recipe examples include; Bucatini with Summer Corn and Pancetta, Filei with Wild Mushrooms, Lemon, and Garlic, Linguine with Dungeness Crab, Scallops, and Clams, and then in spring you can try Spaghettoni with Red Pesto, Peas and Burrata.
Each recipe contains a sidebar that suggests Wine Pairings, Pasta Shapes and Serve With ideas to complete the meal.
One thing to note - I was a bit intimidated by the huge serving sizes that the recipes give you, but there is a section towards the beginning showing you how to scale these recipes for a range of 2 people and up to 20-25 people. So no mater who will be coming to your Pasta Friday, you will have the guidance to make the right amount of food. Or - having the option to work in some planned leftovers of these wonderful dishes!
The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together is an incredible cookbook for anyone who loves pasta, anyone that loves sharing food with friends and family, and/or someone that wants to start their own family tradition.
Disclosure: Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.