With 100 recipes and 100 color photographs, Back Pocket Pasta is a cookbook for making pasta dishes artfully and on the fly, using simple pantry staples and wholesome, seasonal ingredients that cook in the same amount of time it takes to boil the water. The back of the book includes a feature by Punch founder Talia Baiocchi on stocking the best back-pocket wines ($25 and under) and appertivi to make weeknight cooking a delight.
Influencers from Saveur's Adam Sachs and Bon Appétit's Adam Rapoport to the pasta brand Buitoni have picked up Colu Henry's hashtag (#backpocketpasta) to post and tag pasta dishes they almost pull out of nowhere. Now here are recipes for easy, aspirational dinners, inspired by Colu's longtime Brooklyn neighborhood, the Hudson Valley where she recently moved to, and her own Italian heritage. With her genius flavor profiles (says Refinery29, "Who knew just five ingredients could taste like magic?!"), Back Pocket Pasta will have you cooking dishes like Linguine with Chili Oil, Capers, and Lemon; Roasted Fennel and Garlic with White Beans and Spinach; and Penne with Red Cabbage, Caraway, and Pancetta.