The Geometry of Pasta

I snagged the latest issue of Monocle this weekend and while browsing through I came upon this great cookbook called The Geometry of Pasta. Written by Jacob Kennedy and with illustrations by Caz Hildebrand, this book of pasta recipes skews away from the fetishized food imagery that most cookbooks go for instead relying upon bold black and white graphics to illustrate what to do. I think this is a pretty great idea and I’d love to see the idea carried over to other foods. There are over 300 pasta shapes in existence, so I’m not sure what other food could translate so well, but I’m sure some smart individual could think something up.

I’d just like to include one note on this entry to the publichers over at Pan MacMillan. It’s kind of silly to release a cookbook filled with bold, graphic illustrations and not have any good images on the web anywhere. The video above is a really nice touch, but I want huge, hi res images that I can share with people. Really bad marketing, great idea for a cookbook.


6 Comments The Geometry of Pasta

  1. albaper May 10, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Nice! Sometimes cookbooks are so “literal” that don’t leave any space to imagination. With the b&w drawing I won’t be frustrated if my recipe doesn’t look as perfect as in the “picture”… :)

  2. ej23 May 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Great book design. The movie is pretty cool too. Nice. Very Nice.

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  5. Denver Photographer June 13, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    What a wild concept. I never would have thought about looking at pasta in that way, and I prolly won’t ever look at it the same way again.

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