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Butter, Fresh Sage and Walnut Sauce from Lidia Bastianich

With Thanksgiving behind us, but with frost on the ground, we can all use some lighter food with an autumn touch. Here’s a pasta sauce from Lidia’s Family Table that is deliciously different. This Butter, Fresh Sage, and Walnut Sauce is lovely over many pasta choices. Lydia’s book has recipes for freshly homemade walnut-flavored pasta,…

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Zinfadel Spaghettini with Spicy Rapini

In Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, the head notes describe this dish as crowd pleaser. And as a celebration of Zinfandel. Spaghetti always seems to come to the table adorned with tomatoes. Here’s a way, by cooking in Zinfandel, to achieve a far more royal red color. A simple marriage of pasta and redness blessed by wine…

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The Geometry of Pasta and Tagliolini with Crab

The Geometry of Pasta is book you can’t miss. That title by itself seems unusual. Since Brian is both a foodie and a mathematician, I just had to this book up for him. The book’s physical design is exceptional: clean Deco-style fonts in stark black ink on linen white paper. Each page has a film…

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St. John’s Eve Pasta: Anchovy and Almonds

Mario Batali is a culinary legend, a bundle of energy who has had enormous impact on America’s culinary landscape. His capacity for activity seems boundless: television including Iron Chef, restaurants spanning the continent, personal appearances, cooking contests, and, of course, cookbooks. But not just any cookbooks, for Batali is an enthusiastic advocate for finding and…

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