Book Review: Flour+Water Pasta by Thomas McNaughton

Disclosure: This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Who knew there was more to pasta dishes than spaghetti with tomato sauce, lasagna, your occasional stuffed ravioli or spinach pasta? In Flour+Water Pasta by Thomas McNaughton opens your mind to unlimited creativity in using pasta in a variety of dishes—outside your typical safe recipes for pasta.

The preface and the introduction are the appetizers for Flour+Water Pasta. You get a profound understanding of who Thomas McNaughton is and his relationship with food, pasta in particular, and how Flour+Water Pasta was conceived.

The book is split into two parts: The Dough and The Recipes. The Dough part is the fundamentals of what pasta is, the ingredients which makes up pasta, how to combine them, roll, and cook the pasta. If you were unfamiliar with flour and eggs before, I guarantee the first part of the book will have you feeling like a professional chef—or at least a seasoned culinary student.

The second part of the book is the recipes sections. The recipes are divided into seasons: summer, spring, fall, and winter. I enjoyed how the recipes were categorized because I was able to step outside of my comfort zone in thinking pasta dishes are mainly for fall and winter. With the other seasons, I was able to think about using those seasonal ingredients that I probably would not have thought about using outside of fall and winter.

Because I have been cooking for quite some time now, I did not mind the length of the recipes; however, someone who is a novice in the kitchen, the recipes may seem a little intimidating because of the amount of ingredients included with each recipes. They are all fresh ingredients and sometimes it is hard to find fresh ingredients when they are not in season. All the recipes I read and tried are easy to make, but are quite laborious if you are someone who likes to work with five ingredients or less. However, the amount of flavors you achieve combined with the fresh, homemade pasta is well worth the amount of time spent in the kitchen.

Prior to receiving this book, I was quite obsessed when learning how to make pasta from scratch, and Flour+Water Pasta was able to open my mind to limitless possibilities of what I can do with pasta. I can add flavoring to the pasta itself making it more exciting to consume as well as combining it with interesting and unusual ingredients and sauces. If you’re a pasta person, I would highly recommend you purchase this book or buy it to add to your cooking skills.