Pasta By Hand
— Mario Batali
Pasta By Hand is Jenn’s first cookbook, including over 65 recipes for rustic, hand-shaped pasta, focusing primarily on shapes categorized as “Italian dumplings:” comforting little bits of dough, varying in size, shape and texture.Jenn’s fascination with the expansive and nuanced subject of Italian dumplings stems from her first eye-opening taste of authentic gnocchi twenty years ago, to the lengthy and life-changing trip she took to research shapes and methods throughout Italy. The recipes she offers in Pasta By Hand, the first English book published to define and explore the intricacies of “Italian dumplings” specifically, are a faithful documentation of what she has learned from Italian chefs, nonnas and home cooks over the years. These mentors provided Jenn with endless inspiration: their memories of eating dumplings as children, their stories about “why the neighboring village’s dumplings were nowhere near as wonderful as the dumplings in their village,” and age-old cooking methods. The recipes are categorized by region, and therefore based on local, traditional methods, using ingredients that were close at hand.
With expertise in hand-forming dumplings from gnocchi and orecchiette, to gnudi, and spatzli, and photos of finished dishes and step-by-step shaping sequences, Pasta by Hand is perfect for DIY cooks and lovers of Italian food.
The Book of Greens
For any home cook who is stuck in a “three-green rut”—who wants to cook healthy, delicious, vegetable-focused meals, but is tired of predictable salads with kale, lettuce, cabbage, and the other usual suspects—The Book of Greens has the solution. Chef Jenn Louis has compiled more than 150 recipes for simple, show-stopping fare, from snacks to soups to mains (and even breakfast and dessert) that will inspire you to reach for new greens at the farmers’ market, or use your old standbys in totally fresh ways. Organized alphabetically by green, each entry features information on seasonality, nutrition, and prep and storage tips, along with recipes like Grilled Cabbage with Miso and Lime, Radish Greens and Mango Smoothie, and Pasta Dough with Tomato Leaves.