With over 800 photographs, informative text and enticing recipes, this is the definitive guide to the art of making, cooking and enjoying pasta. It offers a detailed techniques section that guides you through the secrets of making your own pasta by hand and machine. How to match pasta types and shapes to the different sauces and recipes. It includes classic dishes such as Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Fettuccine all'Alfredo, regional specialities such as Ravioli alla Romagnola, and original and contemporary ideas such as Tagliatelle Tricolore. It is a pictorial guide to all the key pasta sauce ingredients, such as fresh herbs and leaves, seasonings, spices, oils and vinegars, meats, fish and shellfish, vegetables and cheese. This superb book is a truly comprehensive guide to choosing, making, cooking and enjoying Italian pasta. It features 150 classic and original recipes from simple yet robust soups to fresh and healthy salads, and from rich and warming bakes and casseroles to delicately stuffed pasta parcels. You can learn how to identify different pasta, plus the secrets of making, cooking and serving pasta, and a complete guide to sauce.The recipe section is a triumphant combination of classic regional dishes and original, contemporary ideas, including shellfish lasagne, tortellini with ham, and spaghetti with artichokes. This is the definitive kitchen guide, sourcebook, reference manual and recipe collection - the one and only book any pasta-lover will ever need.