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Back Pocket Pasta by Colu Henry

Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly

Back Pocket Pasta by Colu Henry

Back Pocket Pasta

Colu Henry
  • Imprint: Clarkson Potter
  • On sale: February 28, 2017
  • Price: $28.00
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 9780553459746
Contact: Jana Branson


In her debut cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly (Clarkson Potter | February 28, 2017 | $28.00 | Hardcover), Colu Henry encourages home cooks to embrace the beauty of easy, improvised cooking. Gone are the days of getting hung up on recipes and long lists of ingredients. Now with just a few simple, high-quality ingredients and a well-stocked pantry a delicious dinner can be prepared in about the same amount of time it takes to boil water. Simply cook pasta to al dente, mix in a few special ingredients, and dinner is served.

Colu’s genius flavor profiles will teach busy families, foodies, and lovers of Italian food that they can reach for what’s on hand and quickly prepare a meal that is simple and nourishing yet sophisticated. The chapters and recipes are inspired by Colu’s longtime Brooklyn neighborhood, her new home in the Hudson Valley, and her Italian heritage.

Sample chapters and recipes featured in the book include:

  • MAMA’S: Chestnut Pasta with Red Cabbage & Pancetta; Pasta e Fagioli; Sicilian Escarole & Sausage
  • POWERS STREET, BROOKLYN: Easter Ham Carbonara; Smoky Garganelli alla Vodka; Brussels Sprouts with Whole-Grain Mustard
  • HUDSON & THE VALLEY: Ramp & Hazelnut Pesto; “BLT” Pasta; Strozzapreti with Broccolini, Anchovy & Almonds
  • TRAVELS NEAR & FAR: Caramelized Fennel & Hazelnut Pasta; Sausage Risotto with Balsamic-Roasted Shallots; Moroccan Lamb Ragu

With 100 recipes and 100 beautiful color photographs, as well as a guide to weeknight drinking from PUNCH editor in chief Talia Baiocchi (including a selection of go-to apertivi and the best back pocket wines for $25 and under), Back Pocket Pasta will inspire readers everywhere to cook better meals without all the fuss!



COLU HENRY is a food and lifestyle influencer who created the Instagram hashtag #backpocketpasta, which has been embraced by magazine editors and tastemakers. Previously, she was the director of public relations and then the director of special projects at Bon Appétit. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Cherry Bombe and Wine Enthusiast.



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