Pasta by Design

George L. Legendre

“Everyone likes pasta, but despite several cookbooks, no one has ever seen the dish prepared in this manner. This one-of-a-kind book, which a group wrote of compulsive designers, uncovers the mathematical beauty that cooks all over the world have known since Marco Polo.

The wonderful, occasionally whimsical, geometrical surfaces and shapes of pasta are made to hold particular sauces or accoutrements while still being aesthetically pleasing. Here are more than 90 different varieties of pasta, each of which is depicted using images that were particularly ordered, mathematical formulas that precisely describe each shape, and illustrations that highlight the culinary brilliance of our everyday staple. Brief writings outline the unique qualities of each type of pasta and offer suggestions for specific cooking applications. Two hundred black-and-white pictures and 90 color illustrations.”