Featuring 1,001 recipes compiled over thirty years of research and travel, The Pasta Codex relates the history and traditions behind the world’s most famous food, with recipes for every shape and type of pasta and sauce.
For decades, home cooks and pasta lovers have yearned for a complete English translation of Vincenzo Buonassisi’s 1974 Italian masterwork, Il Codice della Pasta. At last, that wait is over. Never before available in its complete form in English, Buonassisi’s landmark work in John Alcorn’s famed design represents a lost gem of classical Italian gastronomy and publishing, ready to dazzle an all-new generation. Featuring modern translations of all 1,001 recipes, The Pasta Codex incorporates research from every region of Italy and uses every noodle shape and form—flat, shaped, rolled, stuffed—and both dried and fresh pasta. There’s never been a more authentic and exhaustive look at the world’s favorite food.
Coded by ingredient—Pasta with Vegetables, Pasta with Vegetables and Dairy, Pasta with Fish, Pasta with Meat, and so on—each recipe is easy to use without detailed knowledge of Italian history or geography. These are classic dishes from homes and kitchens across Italy, presented plainly in Buonassisi’s delightfully gossipy voice, with no chef-speak here to confuse or dilute the authentic enjoyment of good food.
The original Il Codice della Pasta, first published in 1974 in Italy has previously been translated into English in an abridged form for the UK market in the 1980s—650 recipes instead of 1,001—but has never appeared in a full translation and was never published in the US before now.
This first-ever full English translation will also recreate to the degree possible the original edition’s iconic layout, designed by the famed John Alcorn.
All aspects of pasta are covered, how to make fresh pasta from scratch, how to cut and form the shapes, how to cook fresh or dried pasta, cold and hot dishes—even sweet pasta recipes!
Publicity: Review coverage expected in Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Saveur, Lucky Peach, Sweet Paul, NYT Food Section,
Food sections of general interest publications including Women’s Day, Redbook, Family Circle, O the Oprah Magazine, etc.
Syndicated food columns nationwide.
Radio pitches to America’s Test Kitchen Radio and NPR/Splendid Table.
Online outlets of all above mentioned plus Delish, Fox Foodies, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Food 52, Daily Meal, etc.