COOKBOOK REVIEW – Spaghetti By Carla Bardi

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spaghetti cookbook


  • By Carla Bardi
  • Hardcover, 320 pp.
  • 3″ x 10 3/8″
  • ISBN: 978-0-7641-6308-1
  • $14.99 ($17.99, Can.)

I love cookbooks. Recently I received a copy of the neatest cookbook I’ve ever seen. “Spaghetti” by Carla Bardi is a cookbook about spaghetti that looks like a box of spaghetti you might find on a store shelf. The cookbook closes magnetically, preserving the illusion of being a box of spaghetti. There are 130 recipes included, each with an appetizing photo on each page. The recipes are all easy to understand and follow. So far I have made Spaghetti With Cream Cheese And Herbs, spaghetti With Italian sausage Sauce and Spaghetti With meat Sauce. All of them were made from scratch according to the simple instructions and tasted absolutely fantastic. The next recipe I want to try is the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, which I have never made. This cookbook would be a great addition to your cookbook collection, or make a great gift for the home cook as well as pasta and food lovers.

From the publisher

At first glance Spaghetti seems to be a spaghetti package from a supermarket shelf—but look again! It’s a truly unique spaghetti cookbook, packed with taste-tempting color photos and more than 130 wonderful ways to prepare spaghetti. The recipes are divided into five separate sections, each one named for the main ingredients that go into its delectable spaghetti dishes—

* Fresh Herbs, Flowers, and Fruit: Basil and pesto, chili, mint, lemon, sunflowers, sage, and more
* Vegetables: Artichokes, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and more
* Eggs, Cheese, and Cream: Caprino (goat cheese), carbonara (eggs and bacon), provolone, ricotta, and more
* Seafood: Anchovies, calamari, caviar, clams, crabs, mussels, shrimp, and more
* Meat: Beef, ham, pancetta (Italian bacon), sausages, salami, prosciutto, and more

Home chefs will discover new ways to prepare familiar spaghetti dishes, such as spaghetti with fried meatballs in a sauce of onions and chopped tomatoes. But there are also exotic dishes like spaghetti with red rose and sunflower petals in a sauce made of basil and white wine. Here too are directions for a rich and creamy linguine alla carbonara, and a hearty pasta dish served with clams, chili, and arugula. These are just a few of the 130 imaginative recipes for serving spaghetti, and related pastas—linguine, bucatini, bavette, and ziti. Each of the book’s five sections opens with a glossary of the ingredients featured in the recipes that follow and vivid color photos enhance most pages. A red ribbon place marker is bound into the spine.

About the author

Carla Bardi is the author or co-author of many internationally popular cookbooks, including The Golden Book of Baking, The Golden Book of Chocolate, and The Golden Book of Cookies, all published in North America by Barron’s.

Enter to Win a Trip to Italy as Barron’s Celebrates the Publication of Spaghetti

In conjunction with the release of the latest cookbook from celebrated international author Carla Bardi, entitled Spaghetti, Barron’s will run a sweepstakes with a grand prize of a trip for two to Florence, Italy. Grand prize includes airfare, hotel accommodations, tours, and $500 per diem expenses for meals. Two second prizes will also be awarded.

Contestants can enter the sweepstakes at Barron’s website, To enter without online access, hand print your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail address (if any), and age on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and mail it with proper postage to Barron’s Spaghetti Getaway Sweepstakes, c/o Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., Customer Service Department, 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788. The entry period begins March 1st, 2010 and ends August 31st, 2010. No purchase necessary.

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pat.navymom April 28, 2010 - 9:38 am

I saw this book–just love it.

Deb K July 15, 2010 - 1:55 pm

I never saw anything like this~Cool! Thanks for the great review!!
.-= Deb K´s last blog ..Brugo Mug Review &amp Giveaway! =-.


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