We're big Jenn Louis fans here, and we also love homemade pasta, so when the Portland chef put out her new cookbook, Pasta By Hand, late last month, we were ecstatic. Her book delivers more than 60 hand-shaped pasta dishes, authentic to their Italian regional origins, but perfectly accessible for the home cook. She has smartly narrowed the scope of her book to focus on what she calls the "dumplings" of Italian cuisine: gnocchi, gnudi, malfatti, and the like. The result is a tantalizing tour of some of Italy's most delicious comfort food, indispensable dishes for any pasta lover.

Pasta By Hand, Chronicle Books, $25, 200 pages

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