The shapely pleasures of a favorite food.



The Geometry of Pasta

Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kenedy


A graphically stunning, tasty celebration of the history and culture of 100 shapes of Italian pasta, with recipes for the perfect sauce for each. From agnolotti and alfabeto to farfalle, fazzoletti, and fusilli; garganelli and gemelli to trofie, vermicellini, and ziti, this ingeniously designed black-and-white marvel is a small masterpiece of good taste.



The Encyclopedia of Pasta

By Oretta Zanini De Vita,
translated by Maureen B. Fant


The history, geography, and family lore of pasta, collected by an Italian food authority whose researches into the many shapes the blessed foodstuff takes—from abissini and agnolotti to zagarelle, ziti, and zziridd'—combines storytelling, scholarship, and recipes into a delicious compendium.





By Bill Buford


An accomplished writer and editor puts down his pen and picks up a knife in the kitchen at Mario Batali's acclaimed NYC restaurant, Babbo, then travels to Italy to study the art of pasta-making. Funny, fascinating, and—of course—well composed, Buford's culinary adventures are a delight to savor.




Pasta Sfoglia

By Ron and Colleen Suhanosky,
with Susan Simon


The informal elegance of the Sfoglia restaurants has wooed and won diners on Manhattan's Upper East Side and on the island of Nantucket. In more than 100 recipes, the chef-owners offer step-by-step instructions in creating perennial pasta classics—with appropriate seasonal embellishments.



Everyday Pasta 

By Giada De Laurentiis


Food Network star and culinary muse Giada De Laurentiis, with her characteristic flair for simplicity and flavor, showcases the versatility of pasta in many forms, sharing more than five-score recipes for main courses as well as salads and side dishes.



July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.