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Beyond the Pasta (Book Review Update)

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM

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"Beyond the Pasta" was gifted to me by publishing company Gemelli Press LLC., written by fellow blogger, chef, traveler and author Mark Leslie.  When I first received this cookbook I didn’t know what to expect, this is definitely not your average cookbook, it’s a book about family, travel, culture and food; weaved together like a love letter.

Beyond the Pasta is definitely a one way ticket to Italy... with the author as your personal tour guide. The author immediately transports you to the culinary world and culture of Italy as he pays homage with recipes that captures the very essence of Italy and family, leaving you in love with love…Love of family, love of culture, love of travel and definitely love of food.


 This is a book that you will most definitely want to curl up in bed with before you introduce it to your kitchen. However I must warn you, you will get the urge to jump out of bed and head to the kitchen and whip out your sauté pans as the recipes reveal themselves like an unexpected Christmas gift.

The first recipe in this book and the first recipe I tried from this book was “Frittata con Zucchine e Cipolla (Zucchini and Onion Frittata)”, since zucchini was one of the things that I absolutely love to eat this was a no brainer… I had to try it… and I was not disappointed. Another recipe that I also tried and absolutely loved was “Pasticcio di Zucchine (Zucchini Casserole with Thyme and Mint)”


 Beyond the Pasta not only transports you to Italy, but you will fall in love with Italy, and it was definitely love at first sight. Sharing my personal growth one page at a time… from our first date as me being just a simple tourist... to me becoming an Italian immersed in the language...culture... and food; ultimately bringing about the perfect marriage of love of food, culture, family and history, resulting in a harmonious family.

This book was definitely my perfect slice of Italy….now the only thing that’s missing from this book…well... is me.. in Italy…oh mamma mia, disastro! I need a plane ticket to Italy now! Beyond the Pasta will leave you wanting more and more, and I highly recommend this book.

NEW for 2014 ~ 10 BONUS recipes, including gluten-free dishes, are included in this newly updated Kindle edition. Same heartfelt, award-winning story; now with ten more reasons to bring your family to the table!

~xoxo Sincerely Yours, Nerisa :)

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