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Which pastas go with which sauces, and why? Why is gemelli and pesto such a great combination, while gemelli and clam sauce doesn't really work at all? According to a Fox News story
, you should look for answers in The Geometry of Pasta
, a recent cookbook by graphic designer Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kennedy. The book deciphers pasta shapes (there are more than 300 of them), lays down the rules, and delves into the history, geography, agriculture, texture, mouth feel and graphic design of the pairings. Plus, there are more than 100 recipes. Hildebrand's book design features striking black-and-white illustrations that not only detail pasta in its many forms but make for a pretty dramatic, and unusual, presentation of our favorite carb, one that Publishers Weekly
calls "an instant classic."
Deciphering the Geometry of Pasta