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In The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family (W.W. Norton & Company, November 5, 2007, $26.95 Hardcover), award-winning food historian (and devoted cook) Laura Schenone, author of A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove, turns her attention to her personal history, and tells the story of her intrepid search for an authentic family recipe.
Alienated by the warp speed of modern existence and longing for "an inner life where advertising cannot reach" Schenone embarks on a quest to discover what might be missing and turns to her food roots to see what might be enduring. She begins with the memory of an old, handcrafted, wooden ravioli press, which -- long out of service -- hung as decoration on the wall of her mother's kitchen...