Pasta, Pretty Please: A Vibrant Approach to Handmade Noodles (Hardcover)
The pasta ninja and Instagram star Linda Miller Nicholson delivers her first cookbook, a stunning cornucopia of pasta in every color and shape, all created by hand using all-natural colors from vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—and including 25 dough recipes, 33 traditional and modern shaping techniques, and the perfect fillings and sauces to make your creations sing!
Linda Miller Nicholson began making pasta at age four, but started adding color to it several years ago to entice her son to eat more vegetables. Her creations became a viral sensation, attracting fans worldwide who are mesmerized by her colorful and flavorful designs. Now, with Pasta, Pretty Please home cooks can create dreamy, dazzling pastas in their own kitchens using only all-natural ingredients—flour, eggs, vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—that are true works of art.
Playful and inviting, Pasta, Pretty Please includes recipes, techniques, tips, and inspiration. Linda starts with recipes for basic doughs—standard egg dough, various gnocchi doughs—and works her way up to recipes for dough in many colorful shades. She teaches you just how many colors are pastable and what kinds of pigmented vegetables, fruits, and spices you can use to color your pasta—such as mixing turmeric with parsley for just the right shade of chartreuse, or using activated charcoal powder to create black pasta. She also shows you how to roll out dough, cut and form many pasta shapes, and gives tips for retaining brilliant colors even when cooked.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll find recipes for more elaborate patterns and colors that are sure to impress your family and friends. Linda reveals how to layer colors to make multi-colored doughs in recipes including:
- Rainbow Cavatelli
- Polka Dot Farfalle
- Emoji Ravioli
- Avocado Gnocchi
- Hearts and Stripes Pappardelle
- Argyle Lasagna Sheets
- 6-Colored Fettucine
You’ll also find recipes for spectacular sauces and fillings, such as:
- Golden Milk Ragu
- Pecorino Pepper Sauce with Broccolini
- Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Oil and Burrata
- Spiced Lamb Yogurt Sauce
- Rustic Squash Filling
- Classic Ricotta Filling
- Pepperoni Pizza Filling
Featuring beautiful pasta in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes, patterns, and sizes, Pasta, Pretty Please is an artistic treasure trove that will please the eye and the palate. Buon Appetito!
About the Author
Linda Miller Nicholson is an internationally recognized pasta powerhouse whose work has been featured across the media, in outlets such as Saveur, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Delta Airlines, the BBC, and Business Insider. She has made pasta art for Katy Perry, the cast of The Chew, and Harry Connick Jr. She works with companies like Food Network and Buzzfeed video content for everyone to enjoy. She lives near Seattle with her husband, son, and a flock of chickens and ducks that provide the eggs for her to practice pasta sorcery. Her mission in life is to make the world more joyful by sharing her passion for pasta.
“You can explore Nicholson’s whimsical creations in her new cookbook, Pasta, Pretty Please… Delizioso!”
— O Magazine
“If you haven’t been following this eccentric Instagram star, you’ve been sorely missing out. Nicholson’s colorful, all-natural pasta creations—rainbow-hued spaghetti, flower-print ravioli—are the stuff of dreams.”
— Seattle Magazine
“We asked Linda Miller Nicholson, author of Pasta, Pretty Please and the wizard behind the colorful, handmade twirls of dough… to walk us through everything she uses to cut, shape, and cook her lovingly made and endearingly bright pasta.”
— New York Magazine’s “The Strategist”
“Nicholson, a bona fide food personality whose sassy pasta escapades delight under the handle ’Salty Seattle’… juggles performance and politics as adeptly as a Pearl Jam fund-raiser.”
— Seattle Met
“Pasta, Pretty Please is your one-stop-shop for pasta experts and newbies lacking a pasta machine, alike. . . .Even the littlest of sous chefs can gain valuable cooking knowledge (and sweet memories in the kitchen) with building up an appetite.”
“If you’re really serious about pasta making, you’ll like Nicholson’s list of useful tools…Even if you’re not so serious, you can still read Nicholson’s book for pure culinary entertainment. Her story about falling in love with pasta…is pure fun to read, and her vocabulary is as colorful as her fettuccine.”
— Brit + Co
“Nicholson’s book will teach you how to incorporate all sorts of healthy plants into your pasta...parsley-pepper-turmeric dough is one of our favorites...the flavor is out of this world. We have a feeling once you taste the finished product, you’ll never go back to store-bought again.”
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