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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.



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The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.