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Pasta by Design


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Publisher Comments:

Everyone loves pasta, but despite myriad cookbooks no one has ever seen the world’s favorite food presented like this. Created by a team of obsessive designers, this unique book reveals the hidden mathematical beauty that cooks across the globe have taken for granted since Marco Polo.

Pasta’s wonderful, sometimes whimsical, geometrical shapes and surfaces are designed to hold certain sauces or accompaniments, to be beautiful yet functional. Here are over ninety forms of pasta, each shown through especially commissioned photographs, mathematical formulae that accurately describe each shape, and drawings that reveal the hidden genius of our everyday food. Brief texts describe the special attributes of each form of pasta, along with advice on specific uses in cooking.

Book News Annotation:

Legendre, a designer, essayist, and principal of the London-based architectural firm, IJP, examines mathematical and design principals in many different types of pasta. Inspired by the science of phylogeny, Legendre uses morphological features such as edge, surface, cross section, and longitudinal profile to pare the many varieties of pasta down to 92 unique types which he charts in a phylogenetic "Family Tree." He then illustrates each of the 92 types by its parametric equations with a 3D diagram and commissioned photograph by Stefano Graziani. The book concludes with a "Family Reunion": a fold-out bubble diagram in which the extended pasta family are grouped by similarities in shape and texture, and a comprehensive list of commonly-known pastas sorted by type. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


An in-depth investigation of a beloved food, a celebration of the complexity of simple pleasures, and a delight for everyone who eats pasta.

About the Author

George L. Legendre is principal of IJP Architects in London and a leading specialist in complex surfaces.

Product Details

Legendre, George L.
Thames & Hudson
Grazini, Stefano
Cooking and Food-Historical Food and Cooking
Publication Date:
90 full-color photographs and 200 black-
9 x 7.5 in

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