Mastering Pasta by Marc Vetri – Book Review

Mastering Pasta

Mastering Pasta – Book Review

When you enjoy a meal at a fine dining establishment or watch your favorite cooking shows on television, do you ever wish you had the opportunity to learn the secrets of cooking from a top chef in the culinary world?

Well, if you are a fan of Italian fare and you’d love to explore the world of pasta, your wish is about to come true!

Marc Vetri – the man that James Beard calls “one of the best pasta chefs on the planet” – has recently published Mastering Pasta – The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto with David Joachim, a must for any foodie’s book collection!

First things first: Mastering Pasta is more than a recipe book. It’s an embodiment of Marc’s passion, cooking philosophy, and lifetime of culinary knowledge, gathered in one beautifully photographed and highly educational book!

Mastering Pasta is written for those who enjoy reading cookbooks and implementing what they learn – not for those looking to make a quick meal and move on.

It’s written for those who have the time and desire to learn about cooking, particularly home chefs who want to learn how to make pasta and gnocchi by hand, master the technical aspects and techniques of cooking, and work with exotic, high-end ingredients.

As such, this book may not appeal to everyone – but if you fall within Marc’s intended audience you will love it!

My recommendation?

I think Mastering Pasta is fabulous and if the thought of handmade pasta, gnocchi or risotto makes you weak in the knees, you will definitely want this book in your kitchen!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Mastering Pasta Video – Behind The Scenes Of The Book

About Marc Vetri

Marc Vetri

Marc Vetri is a highly renown chef who was trained in Bergamo, Italy, by some of the region’s most noted chefs. Mark is the chef/owner of Vetri Ristorante, Osteria, Amis, and the forthcoming lla Spina in Philadelphia.

Marc was named one of Food & Wine’s Ten Best New Chefs and received the Philadelphia Inquirer’s highest restaurant rating; he also won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic.

Marci has been profiled in Gourmet, Bon Appétit, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Times.

About David Joachim

David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than thirty-five cookbooks, including the IACP award-winning The Food Substitutions Bible and the New York Times bestsellers A Man, a Can, a Grill and Mastering the Grill, co-authored with Andrew Schloss. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


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14 Responses to “Mastering Pasta by Marc Vetri – Book Review”

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  1. Candace says:

    I love the idea of making homemade pasta! It would make me feel so accomplished :). Unfortunately I don’t think I would actually ever do it. This looks like a great book though. I’ll have to tell my mom about it. She is definitely a make pasta from scratch kind of woman.

  2. Nish says:

    I’ve always wanted to make pasta from scratch but always ended up doing store-bought. These videos are inspiring me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with #spreadthelove

  3. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I used to make pasta , but have gotten out of the habit. I’ll have to see if my library has this

  4. Leslie says:

    Awesome post! I love pasta, I could eat it everyday. I make chocolate pasta for friends to make together on date nights too.

  5. Shelleyrae says:

    I love pasta but I’m too lazy to learn how to make it!

    Happy cooking,
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  6. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    Twitter: momsvictories

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday. I wish I had the energy to make homemade pasta, I bet it’s wonderful. Maybe someday 🙂 Pinned to our linkup board.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I know what you mean – it’s a lot when you’re dealing with chronic issues – but there is still plenty to learn from the book – I like reading about food, even if I don’t have the energy to always make it! 🙂

  7. Katherines Corner
    Twitter: goaskkatie

    I have been anxious to try my hand at pasta making. love this post! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  8. Tami says:

    I’m no good in the kitchen, but I know someone who would enjoy this book. It’ll make a great gift.


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