Gnocchi, Solo Gnocchi by Christine Y. Hickman

Cookbook lovers are a discerning group with high expectations that must be met for a title to enter our coveted collection. Some of us shy away from restaurant books and others only collect those high-end tomes. The criteria for the type of books we enjoy varies as much as our individual personalities.

Single-subject books can be a hard sell but seem to be experiencing a resurgence of late. A well-done single-subject title researches, works through the intricacies of a recipe and provides us with the technique and knowledge we need to master that particular dish. Such a title is Christine Y. Hickman's Gnocchi, Solo Gnocchi: A Comprehensive Tribute to Italy's Other Favorite First Course.

Christine is the voice behind the Gnocchi Sonomarcella website and is an experienced teacher, caterer, and writer who divides her time between New Mexico and Italy. Her cookbook is the book on gnocchi - sharing the history and basics of this seemingly simple but complicated dumpling that requires skill, a light hand and dedication to master. 

The detailed instructions and selection of recipes here are outstanding (Christine's tutorial video is recommended watching.) From basic gnocchi to filled varieties, the author has laid it all out for us. The sauces, gratins and even sweet dessert gnocchi are impressive and one can spend hours in the kitchen with this creative collection of recipes for this versatile Italian classic.

At this time, you may order Gnocchi, Solo Gnocchi directly from the author's site which our BUY BOOK button links to. The photographs are old school but plentiful and clearly reflect the finished dishes. This does not distract from the brilliance of this title. The two plus pages of process photographs for the basic gnocchi recipe are immensely helpful. Ingredient amounts are given in pounds and ounces for certain ingredients (potatoes, cheese, sausage) and volume for others (cup, tablespoons, etc), there are no metric measurements. If you wish to master gnocchi, you must order this book. 

I have made a few of the sauce recipes and they are spot on. I plan to have a gnocchi weekend soon that will involve a number of Italian dishes. Who wants to come over?

Our  takes you inside this masterful title and features the following 


To celebrate Christine's book, we are offering a gnocchi prize package to one worldwide winner (see details below). The author has autographed a copy of her book which I have in my possession. Our friends at OXO are providing a ricer OXO Good Grips ricer and a fine mesh strainer and I am providing a Gnocchi board and stripper - all these items will be shipped from my home to yours.

The author is providing one autographed copy of her book, OXO is providing one adjustable ricer and fine mesh strainer, and I am adding a gnocchi board to this giveaway open to EYB Members worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 29th, 2019.


  • rchesser  on  2/12/2019 at 12:44 PM

    The Deluxe Sampler Box and I adore the Meringue color.

  • Kristjudy  on  2/12/2019 at 1:03 PM

    Potato gnocchi with asiago

  • Dewnie  on  2/12/2019 at 1:11 PM

    Yummmmm.....I would love to be able to make t h e potato gnocchi....

  • NaomiH  on  2/12/2019 at 1:21 PM

    Potato-Meyer lemon & black pepper gnocchi

  • Amdona  on  2/12/2019 at 1:29 PM

    Potato - Winter squash gnocchi

  • lean1  on  2/12/2019 at 1:33 PM


  • eileen2015  on  2/12/2019 at 1:37 PM

    I want to learn how to make these

  • DarcyVaughn  on  2/12/2019 at 2:00 PM

    Potato-porcini gnocchi

  • Stringsandpots  on  2/12/2019 at 2:04 PM

    I would like to try the pineapple vinegar and really like the earthy purple 'Fig' colorway.

  • lauriesk  on  2/12/2019 at 2:12 PM

    I would try Pumpkin-squash gnocchi

  • dbielick  on  2/12/2019 at 2:20 PM

    Potato-asparagus gnocchi with shrimp & almonds

  • Veronik  on  2/12/2019 at 2:29 PM

    Potato and buckwheat sounds nice...

  • KarinaFrancis  on  2/12/2019 at 3:55 PM

    The sweet potato gnocchi sounds delicious

  • matag  on  2/12/2019 at 4:09 PM

    Fig-stuffed ricotta gnocchi with sage butter & orange zest

  • happybread  on  2/12/2019 at 4:49 PM

    Ricotta-Beet Gnocchi which I bet looks beautiful!

  • happybread  on  2/12/2019 at 5:02 PM

    I and my husband love to make gnocchi and would love the Gnocchi board and stripper

  • amyz218  on  2/12/2019 at 6:42 PM

    Ricotta sweet potato gnocchi sounds amazing!

  • demomcook  on  2/12/2019 at 8:45 PM

    Four-cheese gnocchi with melted butter.

  • Laura1  on  2/12/2019 at 8:47 PM

    sweet potato gnocchi

  • Maefleur  on  2/12/2019 at 9:21 PM

    Potato gnocchi with Asiago cheese and basil

  • riley  on  2/12/2019 at 11:53 PM

    Potato-Meyer lemon and black pepper gnocchi

  • readingtragic  on  2/13/2019 at 1:11 AM

    Potato chestnut gnocchi - chestnut everything...

  • GillB  on  2/13/2019 at 2:32 AM

    Potato buckwheat gnocchi

  • KarenGlad  on  2/13/2019 at 5:38 AM

    sweet potato gnocchi or ricotta beet gnocchi

  • vickster  on  2/13/2019 at 7:53 AM

    Potato Chestnut Gnocchi

  • sarahawker  on  2/13/2019 at 8:25 AM

    Lemon & garlic sauce

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  2/13/2019 at 9:31 AM

    Oooh - the beet caneleri!

  • southerncooker  on  2/13/2019 at 12:46 PM

    I would love to come eat Italian food you cooked. Potato gnocchi with Asiago cheese & basil is the first think I'd try from this book.

  • janv  on  2/13/2019 at 1:50 PM

    Have never tried the Mayocoba Bean and would love to and the Sea Salt is my fave

  • kmn4  on  2/13/2019 at 3:30 PM

    I literally want to try everything in this book, but I would start with Gnocchi gratin with greens, sausage & cabbage.

  • mcrimmins  on  2/13/2019 at 3:50 PM

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 6:49 PM

    The pumpkin squash looks good! I like the fig color.

  • Aprils01  on  2/13/2019 at 7:29 PM

    Four cheese gnocchi

  • awesomepossum  on  2/13/2019 at 10:45 PM

    I love polenta, the the potato polenta gnocchi would be fun to try. Gnocchi are so cute!

  • amylou61  on  2/14/2019 at 9:22 AM

    I'd try the Potato-polenta gnocchi.

  • sirjohnnysocko  on  2/14/2019 at 5:14 PM

    How do you pick one?! To start the Goat & ricotta cheese gnocchi on spicy spinach salad sounds delicious!

  • brigs03  on  2/14/2019 at 5:57 PM

    Sweet potato gnocchi

  • themasterkey3000  on  2/14/2019 at 9:30 PM

    black turtle beans and sea salt for spring

  • love2chow  on  2/15/2019 at 1:22 PM

    Potato-Meyer lemon & black pepper gnocchi

  • Steben  on  2/15/2019 at 3:13 PM

    Potato gnocchi with asiago

  • jmay42066  on  2/15/2019 at 3:25 PM

    The Deluxe Sampler Box and fig color.

  • Taznjade  on  2/15/2019 at 5:38 PM

    Potato gnocchi with Asiago cheese & basil sounds delicious!

  • surtur  on  2/15/2019 at 6:04 PM

    Potato-hazelnut gnocchi

  • Kipi  on  2/16/2019 at 11:37 AM

    Chocolate-ricotta gnocchi with orange water Wowsers! gnocchi for dessert!

  • GregH  on  2/16/2019 at 6:59 PM

    Potato gnocchi with rolled oats & ricotta

  • LaurenE  on  2/16/2019 at 8:08 PM

    Potato-porcini gnocchi, the Deluxe Sampler Box, and anything in the Fig colorway

  • Sladea86  on  2/16/2019 at 9:00 PM


  • MiMi60  on  2/17/2019 at 11:14 AM

    I would like to try the Potato gnocchi with cocoa, raisins & cinnamon.

  • stigard  on  2/17/2019 at 11:41 AM

    The chicken prosciutto canederli sounds really good

  • tennyogirl  on  2/17/2019 at 10:48 PM

    Pumpkin-squash gnocchi

  • Dutchmary  on  2/18/2019 at 5:06 AM

    Potato-porcini gnocchi

  • HelenAus  on  2/18/2019 at 5:38 AM

    Four cheese gnocchi

  • popoff  on  2/18/2019 at 3:06 PM

    Potato gnocchi with Asiago cheese & basil

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