Sophia Loren once famously said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” But to what does pasta, one of the world’s most beloved foods, owe its success? The answer can be found in the new book by George L. Legendre and Stefano Grazini Pasta by Design (Thames & Hudson), which looks at the careful crafting of pasta from a whole new angle. This book is completely unique from anything before.

Pasta by Design is the product of a carefully curated analysis of the mathematics behind making pasta that is often overlooked by cooks and eaters alike. Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes, from practical to eccentric, but as this book shows, there is a great depth to the creation of this food. It's the logical chef’s dream, as it showcases over ninety different types of pasta, looking at each through photographs, drawn diagrams, and the mathematical formula that describes each shape. Furthermore, each pasta shape also comes with a text highlighting its attributes and advice on how best to use it in a dish. Pasta by Design while make you see pasta both as a delicious dish and a complicated food with an expansive history. — MERIAL WILES