The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

A Search for Food and Family

Book - 2008
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James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother's ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey's industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria--the family's homeland--with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393061468
Branch Call Number: 641.822 SCH27
Characteristics: xii, 331 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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EmilyEm
Nov 04, 2015

The author looks for the origins of her family's Christmas ravioli tradition, making discoveries about some of her family’s time in the Liguria region of Italy. She finds dedicated foodies, working to sustain regional specialty foods and products, and learns a few things about herself and her family.
Credit Schenone with seeking out the 'true family recipe’ and discovering that each generation, each person cooking, will have their own truth. I’m not sure who I’d recommend this to. For even foodie friends it might be too much. The Philadelphia cream cheese mystery running through the narrative is clever! I'll give her that.

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