Friday, December 18, 2009


From a paragraph discussing grating cheeses, in The Complete Book of Pasta: An Italian Cookbook, by Jack Denton Scott:

Incanestrato, impressed with a braided basket design, is bitey, "different" and excellent.

I associate this word by turns with a (biteworthy) neck and the word matey. The phrase al dente arrives as an after-thought.

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