Pasta and noodles are so ubiquitous and popular that many nations around the world claim them as their own invention. In fact, their origins are as murky as ever, a destination that Kantha Shelke sets out for in this fascinating history. Journeying across five continents and through distant lands, she takes readers on a delicious culinary adventure in order to learn more about one of the world's most popular--and satisfying--foods.
Shelke traces the evolution and examines the scientific qualities of this highly adaptable staple. From there she guides us from roadside noodle stalls in Singapore to an age-old traditional pasta company in Parma, Italy; from a state-of-the-art Japanese manufacturer to pasta makers in Brazil, Mexico, and United States. She then takes the quest into our homes, offering a bonanza of recipes from around the world suitable to casual and intrepid home-cooks alike. A toothsome look at the world's comfort food, Pasta and Noodles reveals little known facts, tasty titbits, and cultural lore that will have you feeling satiated, indeed.