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Peace, Love, and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes from a Chef's Home Kitchen (Hardcover)
From award-winning chef and Food Network personality Scott Conant, a cookbook of restaurant-quality Italian meals that you can make easily in your home kitchen
Thirty-five years into an illustrious career of restaurant openings across the country, widespread acclaim, and frequent appearances on the Food Network’s Chopped and many other shows, Scott Conant has returned home to create his most personal cookbook yet. Meals cooked from simple, fresh ingredients were staples of Conant’s childhood in a New England family with roots in Southern Italy. From his grandparents’ garden to the dinner table, he learned early on to appreciate the nuances of different flavors and ingredients, and the strong connection between food and family.
Focusing on these foods Conant grew up with and the ones he makes for his loved ones today, Peace, Love, and Pasta compiles simple, fresh, and flavorful Italian recipes for the home cook to bring to their own family’s table. These recipes are built on the art of cooking for love, fascination with flavors and ingredients, and the simple pleasures of taste and conviviality.
About the Author
Scott Conant is an award-winning chef known for his subtly masterful iteration of Italian cooking. Having previously opened New York restaurants Alto and Scarpetta, Scott currently has restaurants in Phoenix (Mora Italian), Las Vegas (Masso Osteria), Los Angeles (The Ponte), and a steakhouse in the Catskills (Cellaio). He launched Sprezza Foods, his own line of essential ingredients and wines, in 2018, and has been a regular judge on the Food Network’s Chopped since the program launched in 2009. He is the author of three previous cookbooks and lives in Arizona with his wife and two daughters.
“Behind his universally loved charisma, Scott Conant is one of the best cooks I know. His gutsy, Italian-inspired recipes on these pages will make any home cook’s mouth water. Even his pasta pomodoro with just a handful of ingredients will transform your family’s dinner table.” —Bobby Flay
“Scott Conant’s Peace, Love, and Pasta is as beautiful as a bowl of his spaghetti. When I dined at his restaurant many years ago, it was the simplicity of him knowing how to execute something as simple as tomatoes, basil, olive oil, pasta, and cheese. It was cinematic and artful taking that first twirl with him. Over the years we’ve become friends. He’s been a frequent guest to our show, but more importantly, I’ve come to know him as a person. I’ve told him many times he looks like a superhero, but every reader can grab a cape too when they cook from this book. Seeing such a deeply talented chef cook from home, embracing simplicity and home life itself, will bring tears to your eyes and make you drool. Tie on your apron and twirl your forks. Cheers to Scott!” —Rachael Ray
“I’ve been lucky enough to eat at my brutha Scott Conant’s restaurants all around the country . . . call it a killer job perk. But lemme tell ya, his new book Peace, Love, and Pasta will save you all of those airline miles and bring chef Scott’s genius right to your own table with real deal, homegrown recipes that’ll make you feel like you’re sitting right in his family kitchen.” —Guy Fieri
“I love everything Scott does and stands for. This book is just a testament to how culturally rich and significant food can also be accessible. Italian is actually one of my favorite cuisines, and I can’t wait to dive into these recipes and start making them staples in my own house. Congratulations, Chef, on making another fantastic representation of the heritage and dishes you grew up with. I resonate so deeply with the sentiment.”—Aarón Sánchez
“I am a longtime fan of Scott and his approach to food. His recipes are craveable, and just one look through the pages of this book will send you straight into your kitchen to get cooking. We could all use a little more peace, love, and pasta in our lives!”—Katie Lee Biegel, bestselling author of IT’S NOT COMPLICATED
“Scott Conant is such an incredible chef and someone I’m lucky to call a dear friend. His love for cucina rustica and Turkish home cooking shines through in these recipes and offers a window into his world. I am constantly inspired by his ability to elevate simple ingredients and coax out their nuanced flavors. These are dishes you'll want to savor again and again with your closest friends and family.”—Marcus Samuelsson, New York Times bestselling author of THE RISE and YES, CHEF
“Scott cooked me one of the greatest pasta meals of my life. To now have his family-friendly home recipes available in Peace, Love, and Pasta is a gift to us all. Paccheri, malloreddus, fusilli, maccheroni, or pasta e fagioli, where do I start? This book will definitely be a new go-to resource for me.”—Ludo Lefebvre, star of The Taste and Mind of a Chef, owner of Petit Trois in Los Angeles
“This book is a beautiful tribute to the home kitchen; the simple, honest food we make for our families and friends. Scott is sharing with us the recipes of his childhood, of his life, of the very essence of who he is.”—José Andrés, chef, restaurateur, and founder of World Central Kitchen