The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken You sometimes wish Judith Jones had delved deeper in her culinary memoir, The Tenth Muse ; Laura Schenone goes to the opposite extreme in her… The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken You sometimes wish Judith Jones had delved deeper in her culinary memoir, The Tenth Muse ; Laura Schenone goes to the opposite extreme in her… 2007-11-05 Memoir Nonfiction W.W. Norton
Book Review

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 05, 2007; Writer: Laura Schenone; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: W.W. Norton

You sometimes wish Judith Jones had delved deeper in her culinary memoir, The Tenth Muse; Laura Schenone goes to the opposite extreme in her lovely but rambling memoir, The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. (Gotta love that title.) ''I wanted something Enduring — a recipe of my own that did not come from a cookbook or a culinary expert on a television show,'' Schenone writes of her decision, in midlife, to track down her family's hallowed ravioli recipe. But when a relative sent her the ingredient list, she was appalled to see supermarket cream cheese. Her quest for a more ''authentic'' ravioli takes Schenone from suburban New Jersey to the Ligurian mountains with countless digressions — some scintillating, others less so — on chestnut flour, the deeper meaning of dumplings, and the vicissitudes of marriage. B

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Originally posted Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints