It’s a kind of family fantasy. Each week, a kindly, twinkling grannie creates pasta by hand, making it look as easy as falling off a log. Her hands work unsupervised; kneading, stretching, pinching, rolling, the myriad shapes emerging, perfect. There’s cheesy music, and just enough information to give the impression that you too could do it. Welcome to the world of Pasta Grannies, a YouTube Channel that provides almost half a million subscribers with a regular dose of nostalgia and good eating.
Pasta Grannies is the brainchild of Vicky Bennison, although she would be the first to admit that it is the grannies that make it the success it has become. And now there’s a book, with proper recipes and instructions for those of us without a handy grannie. Vicky was kind enough to find a slot in her busy schedule to chat about pasta and grannies.
- Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets… is the book of the channel.
- There’s nothing better than having someone show you how to shape the pasta, but you can also start by watching a video. Three that don’t need rolling out: cavatelli, orecchiete and trofie.
- Photos of the grannies from Vicky Bennison; thanks.
- And, in case you missed it, Ken Albala’s 1000 days of noodle soup.