Anne Mendelson, Saveur--
"…a solidly researched, lovingly written memoir-and a splendid detective story." To read the whole review, click here.
Mara Zapeda, Philadelphia Weekly--
Laura Schenone writes that a ravioli is like “an envelope with a message.” So too is her unusual book, the message being that authentic recipes are as difficult to come by as happy families. Read the whole article here.
Sylvia Carter, Newsday--
A powerful and ever-so-literate storyteller, asks the question, "Can a recipe change your life?" and answers in the affirmative. The thread by which this wonderful story hangs is the quest to get the ancestral ravioli just right. Along the way, much else enters in: family feuds, gnocchi, pesto, the search for smoked chestnut flour in New Jersey, recipes timed by saying two Our Fathers. A handed-down ravioli pin turns out to be a key part of the secret."
"The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken" is excerpted in Reader's Digest, December, 2007.
Dec. 8, 2007 segment on NPR's All Things Considered--
Search for Authentic Ravioli Forges Family Bonds, Listen here.
Newsweek Online Exclusive:
"A feast for the mind and the heart, as well as the palate." Read it all here.
Body and Soul Magazine--
"Sweet and savory, tender and true."
Food and Wine Magazine--
"Part memoir, part culinary journey, The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken chronicles Laura Schenone's obsessive search for her Genoese great-grandmother's ravioli recipe." Read it all here.
"Fascinating and memorable . . ." Elle Magazine Readers Prize finalist.
Good Housekeeping, December 2007 Book Pick
"Hoping to re-create her Nonna's signature dish, the author travels from New Jersey to Italy, where local cooks compel her to re think a family myth. E delizioso."
The Star Ledger--
"The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family is a culinary detective story, a family confessional, and a moving meditation on assimilation and authenticity." Read entire story.
" . . . illuminating, personal, and even suspenseful." Read the entire story.
Publisher’s Weekly, 9/3/2007, starred review--
“Hand-rolled ravioli are ephemeral things, taking ages to prepare only to be devoured in minutes. And yet for Schenone (the James Beard Award–winning A Thousand Years over a Hot Stove) their taste encapsulates an entire domestic history and the promise of happiness, however fleeting. In this marvelous family memoir, which considers the immigrant experience from the vantage of food, Schenone, longing for “an inner life where advertising cannot reach,” sets off on an idealistic quest to reclaim the ravioli recipe that her Genovese great-grandmother brought with her at the turn of the last century to New Jersey, where the dish abruptly changed, breaking with tradition. In search of enlightenment, Schenone charms her way into the kitchens of ravioli-making elders in Liguria (whose recipes she shares in this book with admirable precision), then spends years trying to teach her hands the difficult art of stretching dough -— an endeavor that tests her most cherished ideas of home and family and self. Her fierce honesty and relentless questioning ("at what point is this an egotistical labor?"), skillful handling and dismantling of family myth, refusal to romanticize Italy and historian's knack for sketching the big picture in a few broad strokes allows this poignant book to transcend the specificity of its subject matter. (Nov.)
Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and Lucia, Lucia--
"Laura Schenone has written an elegant masterpiece about her complex and fascinating Italian heritage. This personal journey -- woven together with delicious recipes framed by her family history -- dazzles like the harbor of Portofino. This is a treat for anyone who is Italian American, and if you're not, when you finish this book, you'll wish you were."
Louise DeSalvo, author of Crazy in the Kitchen--
"A triumph of culinary sleuthing that takes award-winning Laura Schenone deep into the interior of her ancestral Liguria in a quest for a grandmother's secret, but that takes, her, unexpectedly, deep into the mysteries of the human heart."
Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of The Place You Love Is Gone--
“Who knew that pasta could be so transporting? In Laura Schenone's hands, it literally is, like a capacious ferryboat on the waters between past and present. She knows that food is more than biological nutrition: it is a way to understand who we are by investigating who we were. Read this with a big hunger, for panoramic story and glorious food both; finish it satisfied in every way.”
Joe Mantegna, actor--
“Laura Schenone's search for food and family in her book The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken is a journey I'm very glad I took.”
Maria Laurino, author of Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America--
“On her quest for the Holy Grail of ravioli recipes, Laura Schenone is an ardent, imperturbable traveler. Crossing the ocean, attempting to re-create the flavors of her ancestors' Old World kitchen, Schenone discovers the illusive nature of tradition and the lasting tastes of memory. Throughout this delightful book, she serves the reader a memorable feast of ravioli and revelations."
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