Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly

by Colu Henry (Author)

Hardcover—February 28, 2017


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As much a mindset as it is a cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta shows how a well-stocked kitchen and a few seasonal ingredients can be the driving force behind delicious, simply prepared meals. Pantry staples—a handful of items to help you up your dinner game—give you a head start come 6pm, so you can start cooking in your head on the way home from work. For instance, if you know that you have a tin of anchovies, a hunk of Parmesan, and panko bread crumbs, you can pick up fresh kale to make Tuscan Kale "Caesar" Pasta. Or if you have capers, red pepper flakes, and a lemon, you can make Linguine with Quick Chili Oil. With genius flavor combinations, a gorgeous photograph for every recipe, and a smart guide to easy-drinking cocktails and wine, Back Pocket Pasta will inspire you to cook better meals faster.

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EaRLy Praise

Absorbingly chatty, personal headnotes tell the story of each recipe, touching on a familial twist such as how Henry was inspired to pasta-fy a favorite restaurant breakfast. Her introductory manifesto is an outeline for success…
— Publisher's Weekly
Back Pocket Pasta is the go-to guide for making quick-and-easy meals with just a few essential pantry staples. Keep it within arm’s reach in the kitchen.
— Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, chefs and restaurateurs of Frankies Spuntino
Colu Henry’s recipes are just like her: relaxed, inviting, colorful, and not afraid to bend or break the rules. Back Pocket Pasta not only shows you how to make a delicious bowl of pasta with just about anything, it’s also an invitation into Colu’s kitchen and family. This beautiful book is so inspiring, and I want to eat everything in it.
— Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories
Back Pocket Pasta is a gorgeous book full of personality and vibrant, approachable recipes. Every page has me considering switching to a one hundred percent pasta lifestyle. I have honestly never loved gluten more.
— Alison Roman
You need someone like Colu Henry in your life. She’s one of those stylish friends who will tell you where to score the prettiest dresses, help you book the best travel destinations, and happily point you toward your next good read. With Back Pocket Pasta, Colu brings her effortless style to the weeknight dinner table. Front to back, this beautiful cookbook is filled with casual recipes achievable anytime, anywhere, often with little more than a reasonably stocked pantry and a bit of seasonal flair.
— Heidi Swanson, author of Near & Far
Who knew just five ingredients could taste like magic?!
— Refinery29
I thought I was the master of the improv pasta! This entertaining and straightforward cookbook describes exactly my sentiments about home cooking. Colu Henry inspires us to use the canned, the leftovers, and that lonely last tomato to make delicious, simple, and bold dishes. The clue here is to be spontaneous, creative, and enjoy ravaging your pantry. Nicely done, Colu.
— Jonathan Waxman, chef and owner of Barbuto