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Pasta by Design by George L. Legendre

Pasta by Design

by George L. Legendre

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Sometimes you come across a book that is so wonderful you want to recommend it to everyone. Sometimes you come across a book that is so specific in subject matter that you can't think of another soul who would appreciate it. Sometimes it's the same book.

Pasta by Design is the brainchild of two architects, one of whom is Italian. The book is about over 90 different kinds of pasta: where it comes from, what its name means, what is significant or characteristic about its shape, how long to cook it, and what to serve it with.

The book also contains mathematical formulas describing the shape of every kind of pasta in the book. (Let me tell you, friend, you have not lived until you have seen the six formulas which define the shape of a tortellino.)

Highly recommended for the gourmet who also enjoys advanced mathematics. Or for the mathematician who gets a kick out of math creatively applied. Or for the calculus teacher who thinks that integrating the shape of macaroni would be a good test question on a final exam. (It would!) ( )
  Katya0133 | Feb 9, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0500515808, Hardcover)

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

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. 90 full-color photographs and 200 black-and-white illustrations

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Looks at the design and mathematical principles for over ninety pasta shapes through a classification tree based on physical characteristics and profiles that include descriptions, photographs, formulas, and cooking times for each pasta shape.

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