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Starred Review. One would think that a minimalist cookbook devoid of photography wouldn't be worthy of coffee table status, but the illustrations adorning this volume prove otherwise. Conceived by award-winning graphic designer Hildebrand, who has designed cookbooks for Nigella Lawson and others, the diversity of pasta morphology, from Agnolotti to Ziti, is revealed through historical anecdotes, recipes, and an eye-catching b&w aesthetic. The book starts with the basics, demystified: salt, fat, cooking, and quantity. Kenedy then covers dry vs. fresh, and provides recipes for several pastas and for three authentic sauces that form the foundation for many of the sauces in the book. From the obscure story of Strozzapreti ("priest stranglers") to the humorous warming red pepper and whiskey sauce for Radiatore pasta, or "radiators," one learns how shapes are created to maximize surface area and sauce delivery. The ingredients needed for over 200 sauce preparations run the gamut from obscure (Lumace alla Lumache, or Snails with Snails) to the near pedestrian, like Frankfurters and Fontina, a recommended pairing with the wheel shaped Rotelline, "a complex, arguably uninspired shape that was only possible with the advancement of the pasta industries mechanization," an advancement that was apparently "much lauded by the Fascists." An instant classic. Illus.
“Stylish, greed-inducing, knowledgeable, and witty; an instant classic.”—Nigella Lawson
“Really delicious, authentic pasta recipes”—Jamie Oliver
“Walks the line between functional cookbook and coffee-table eye candy.”—Food & Wine
“An instant classic.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The Geometry of Pasta is like no other cookbook you’ve ever seen. Mangia, mangia!”—Christian Science Monitor
Beautiful book, such a clever take on a standard recipe-style book. Well done.Published 1 month ago by JN
The best part of this book is the cover. Completely worthless interior. Absolutely nothing to do with geometry. WTF?Published 2 months ago by Paul Tucker
So, this is a difficult cookbook. I really like the way the text is written (chatty, relaxed, friendly). I like the graphics. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ReInvent
Love to make pasta and this will really help. Saw it on display at Eataly and HAD to have it.Published 9 months ago by Laurie W. Segraves