Pasta and Noodles

A Global History

Kantha Shelke

Pasta and Noodles

Kantha Shelke

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144 pages | 45 color plates, 15 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Cloth $19.95 ISBN: 9781780236490 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Pasta and noodles are so ubiquitous and popular that many nations around the world claim them as their own invention. In fact, their origins are as murky as ever, a destination that Kantha Shelke sets out for in this fascinating history. Journeying across five continents and through distant lands, she takes readers on a delicious culinary adventure in order to learn more about one of the world’s most popular—and satisfying—foods.
            Shelke traces the evolution and examines the scientific qualities of this highly adaptable staple. From there she guides us from roadside noodle stalls in Singapore to an age-old traditional pasta company in Parma, Italy; from a state-of-the-art Japanese manufacturer to pasta makers in Brazil, Mexico, and United States. She then takes the quest into our homes, offering a bonanza of recipes from around the world suitable to casual and intrepid home-cooks alike. A toothsome look at the world’s comfort food, Pasta and Noodles reveals little known facts, tasty titbits, and cultural lore that will have you feeling satiated, indeed.
 
Contents
Preface
Introduction
1 Whence Pasta Came: Myths and Legends
2 Pasta Ingredients
3 Making Pasta
4 Pasta Cookery
5 Modern Forms of Pasta
6 Noodle
 
Recipes
Appendix I: Types of Italian Pasta
Appendix II: Types of Noodle
References
Select Bibliography
Websites and Associations
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
 
Review Quotes
Italia!
"The author takes us on a fascinating, carbohydrate-fuelled odyssey across the five continents, from roadside noodle venders in Singapore and the pasta makers of Parma to a state-of-the art noodle manufacturer in Japan, plus recipes to try at home."
Weekly Standard
“Given the many nations and extreme variety of noodles, though, this zippy world tour is impressively succinct.”
 
Choice
“A short, wide-ranging history of a beloved staple of various world food traditions.”
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