The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken by Laura Schenone

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother's ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey's industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family's homeland—with its pesto, smoke...

Details The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

TitleThe Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken
Release DateNov 17th, 2007
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreFood and Drink, Food, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Cookbooks, Cooking

Reviews The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

  • Denise Romeo
    The tone of this book was not at all nostalgic, but angry. Very dry writing by a boastful former food journalist. And, for the record, no self-respecting Italian would EVER use cream cheese to fill their ravioli!
  • Walt
    A surprisingly enjoyable book. Laura Schenone translates her obsession with learning her family's culinary history into brilliant words. Had I known of Laura's quest for instructions in how to roll out pasta, I would have invited her to drive over to Morris Plains, NJ in the 1970's and 80's to watch my mother slap a big circle of dough with her 30 inch home-made rolling pin (she called it a vetté.) As perfectly as she did it, my mom would always...
  • Barb
    Her "dedicated mother who keeps her last name and takes off to Italy alone for weeks at a time on a fruitless quest to find a family recipe" wore thin pretty fast. The author of this memoir pretty much let everything else go so she could find her grandmother's ravioli recipe--one of those old family recipes that doesn't involve measuring and that is tweaked by each successive cook, so that you never will get to exactly that recipe your grandmothe...
  • Elizabeth
    This is a wonderful account. Laura Schenone lures us in with the promise of an "authentic" recipe for ravioli and indeed offers several versions, but ultimately leaves us to ask what authenticity means exactly and whether it's the actual food that is the most important part or if it's the gathering of family and friends to partake of the feast, almost regardless of what is served.This passage is the essence of the book:I listen to the bare unacco...
  • Marcia
    I found her quest captivating. Although part of my family is from Piemonte and my grandmother's ravioli were delicious, I remember my step-grandmother's ravioli with special fondness. She was from Liguria. I wish I had her recipe for ravioli. I think I'm a lemon, olive oil, and rosemary person, not a tomato sauce person.
  • Jennifer
    This is a wonderful book about a New Jersey woman’s quest to find the origins of her family’s ravioli recipe, which was first brought to America by her great-grandmother in the late 19th century. The author’s adventures take her to the Ligurian region of Italy where she pieces together her great-grandparents’ history and attempts to perfect the art of Ligurian cooking.The book is poetically written and so entertaining. There is much to be...
  • Karla
    WHY I PICKED IT UP:Let's face it. I'm obsessed with reading out food. I saw this on the table at Arnes & Noble one day and bought it for my Kindle shortly thereafter.NOW THAT I'VE READ IT:I really enjoyed this book. It's not just about raviolis. It's about family, heritage, tradition, roots... All vividly captured. Yes, I do desperately want to make ravioli now, but what was truly captivating was reading about the family struggles, Laura digging ...
  • Elisha (lishie)
    All in all a good memoir wrapped up in recipes. I enjoyed the descriptions of the small town people and ways of life in Northern Italy, near Genoa, and surrounding villages as well as tales from early Hoboken/NJ. The author (who's partially North Italian-American w/ German and Croatian background as well) speaks of the lore of Italy and the dreaminess Italian-Americans have for the old country yet how not much of what is cooked in America is not ...
  • Susann
    A food/family memoir about Laura Schenone, a woman trying to track down her great-grandmother's "authentic" ravioli recipe. Her ravioli quest is really a family quest, and we watch Schenone come to terms with her family's troubles. Many of the troubles and rifts are fairly recent, and boy would I love to know how her relatives reacted to this book. I was surprised by Schenone's sad and tense tone throughout almost the entire book. Even when she's...
  • Cynthia Paschen
    (p. 255) "When I was 12, I made my first face-to-face confession, and the penance lasted my whole life...Father Jose looked at me with sincerity and kindness, grounded in faith...'Now for your penance, go outside tonight and look up at the sky and the stars and thank God that you are here. Thank God for allowing you to be a small part of his enormous and beautiful universe."
  • Lynn
    I like memoirs. I like food books. I like reading about Italy. This book has it all. I now know more than I ever wanted to about making ravioli but I am a better woman for the knowledge. Entertaining and interesting.
  • Alicia
    This was a good book. Interesting and a lot deeper than you think it will be when you first set out. Much more of her family history, and a very honest, candid presentation of it, than you would expect. I like how she ended it, it didn't get wrapped up clean and tight, but it felt resolved.
  • Carol Hatch
    Laura Schenone’s Obsessive QuestI really wanted to like Laura Schenone’s The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken for so many reasons. I love to cook and make ravioli from my Nona’s family recipe, my husband and I spend lots of time in Italy with our family, Laura is a James Beard award-winning author, and the book got lots of five star reviews...what’s not to like? Well, lots of things, and I will share a few. First of all, the story was very...
  • Julia Bowling
    A gift from my sister-in-law, this book is yet more proof of the food culture that American immigrant descendants and native Americans have lost. The connections made on the author's trip to Italy and subsequent observations of their food culture confirm what most of us suspected: that respect for cultural food rituals and the tremendous work involved in keeping them runs deep in all ancient cultures and is easily lost in our self-focused, conven...
  • Dan
    Damn. Umm. Yawn. I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I used to live in Hoboken, I love pasta, I love personal searches for family and food history. And there's no doubt that Schenone really gets into that search - multiple trips to Italy, to the region her family came from, seeking out long lost relatives, talking with food historians and chefs, trying a plethora of different recipes and techniques, all the while looking for ...
  • Tony Sannicandro
    I liked this book! It was about a person trying to understand who she is and doing so by understanding a recipe passed down. Some of the reviews of this book only look at the fact that the author doesn't understand why a recipe for ravioli has cream cheese in it. Was it because that's what was used in Genoa? Was it because that's all they could get in America? Or was it because that was the home made cheese they made? People don't seem to underst...
  • Becky
    One of those memoirs that seemingly unknowingly paints a bleak picture of heterosexual marriage. Interesting thinking about legacy. Hungry for ravioli.
  • Laurel Deloria
    interesting but could be much shorter. Told me more than I needed or wanted to know. I do want to try some of the recipes.Amazon says "A Newsday Best Cookbook of 2007: can a recipe change your life? A quest for an authentic dish reveals a mythic love story and age-old culinary secrets.James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother's ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyri...
  • Robyn
    I really didn't think this book would be for me when I stumbled across it in Amazon recommendations. I sent the free sample to my Kindle and decided to read that before starting the book I was actually looking forward to, but when I got to the end of the sample I found myself clicking "buy". It's not an amazing book. Not a life-changing book. It doesn't move mountains or rattle the earth. But it's a well-written, interesting book that tells an en...
  • Billie Criswell
    This book was chocked full of a ton of information on ravioli and I loved that I, as an Italian-American, could relate with her family as well. I loved how the author took a really hands on approach to her journey, and I especially loved her friendship with Lou, the older gentlemen from across the street who fostered her passion for ravioli. This book took me a little longer to read than others because of the jumping around, I think my interested...
  • Deepa
    I liked the idea of this book a lot, but I found the author extremely annoying and unsympathetic. Her search for her family's "authentic" ravioli recipe seemed to (until the end of the book) disregard the extremely interesting immigrant experience that shaped her family, in favor of something that she could use to make other people think she was special. Her entire effort, while introduced as a way to tie herself to her family's roots, really jus...
    Make that two and one-half stars. Schenone is a good food writer, as seen in her earlier book which won a James Beard Award. She brings the same fine eye and good style to bear in her quest for the "perfect" ravioli, as made by her Genovese great-grandmother. Her trips to Liguria made for interesting reading, but she lost me in her recounting the relation (and non-relations) in her family in New Jersey. Moreover, she demonstrated such little inte...
  • Cindy Dyson Eitelman
    A man goes on a journey. Classic start, right? Too boring, though...let's make it...A woman goes on a quest for her family ravioli recipe.Better, but better still is...A woman wants to reconnect with something real, something from her family history, and uses a mystery ingredient in a ravioli recipe as an excuse to dedicate years of her life to research, travel and interviews. It's a deranged assignment, as Julie Powell says. And like Powell's, i...
  • Jessica
    Laura Schenone always heard about how her father's family made a special ravioli for Christmas, but since her father was estranged from a lot of his extended family no one knew the recipe. So, one Christmas Laura decides to make ravioli for her family and revamp the tradition. This starts her on a journey to reconnect with her extended family by seeking the original ravioli recipe. This journey takes her back to Italy and her family's origins. Th...
  • Lyndon
    A search for origins becomes a drawn out quest to find an anchor in a world that teaches that being out to sea is all there is. Sure, this is a book about family, and the sustainability of traditions and practices; but it is also a tale about food: as a product, as part of life, as a source of discovery. That an author seeks to overcome the modernist obsession with 'moving on' from traditions makes this book an enjoyable read; that the focus is a...
  • Linda
    Laura Schenone lives in New Jersey and writes about food for magazines and newspapers. She also is the author of “A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove.” Here she undertakes a search for her great-grandmother’s ravioli recipe. Her original purpose was to learn how to make ravioli, but her search widens as she meets relatives and learns family stories, and makes three trips to Italy. Usually I love stories about families, especially if they incl...
  • Nikki
    Schenone's story is a bit romantic for my taste. I'm rarely in the mindset for something so romantically fetishized and to be honest I wonder if I would have finished if it weren't about food! Just the descriptions of her family leave me a little itchy.On the other hand, I like a story of kindness and it has plenty of that. Her writing is on-point and I feel like I understand her well even when I don't agree. The recipes themselves are great; it ...
  • Jessica
    I was drawn to this book both by my love of cooking, and love of italy. It is a boring read, at times, when it focuses more on her family's difficulties, and less on the cooking which is supposedly the subject of the story. She's right...maybe there is no recipe to be found. Perhaps we all make things differently, and that is ok. It definitely made me want to whip up a batch of dough, and try to make some ravioli. I think I'll do ok without her b...
  • Jen
    I enjoyed the cooking portion, was less into the memoir bit. Unfortunately it's a bit of a busy month to try out the ravioli recipes - but I was excited to find this book since I have found so few variations in cookbooks. The history of pasta making in Italy was interesting, and now there are all sorts of cooking gadgets (special checkerboard rolling pin for ravioli) and skills (rolling pasta dough thin enough with a pin) that I want. The author'...