cover image Joie Warner's No-Cook Pasta Sauces

Joie Warner's No-Cook Pasta Sauces

Chronicle Books, Joie Warner. Chronicle Books, $17.95 (144pp) ISBN 978-0-8118-1766-0

There is no need to sweat over a hot stove, Warner (All the Best Pasta Sauces; All the Best Pizza) says, when you can prepare simple yet often elegant pasta sauces that don't require cooking. To demonstrate, she presents 75 simple, no-cook sauce recipes. These sauces actually ""cook"" (or heat up) when tossed with freshly made hot pasta, ensuring that the home cook is out of the kitchen pronto. Cooks who favor a Mediterranean flair with their pasta will gravitate to such sauces as Tomato Sauce with Olives, Feta and Mint. The more adventurous might want to try Sesame Sauce with Roasted Red Peppers or the Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Dill Sauce. Some unexpected combinations are Pumpkin and Basil Sauce and Luscious Lemon and Mascarpone Sauce. The recipes are made inviting in the lush, serving-suggestion photographs provided by the author's husband, Drew Warner. This friendly book isn't for home chefs contemplating serious party fare; but it's ideal for cooks who are pressed for time and short on inspiration. (July)