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The Geometry of Pasta
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14 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2011
I would return this book for a refund if it had not been so cheap (the cost of postage back to amazon would be a large percentage of the price). 1) It purports to go through and show you all the different shapes of pasta. It does list about 100, but these are inexplicably illustrated in very dark and heavy ink prints - in most illustrations it is impossible to get a real idea of what the pasta actually looks like, not a 3D in any case. Why not use pictures of actual pasta?? Maybe too expensive to add colour printed pictures or do the entire book in a glossy paper. 2) Very limited and quite standard recipes. (not just the sauces or fillings but also just standard pasta dough - what about flavoured/coloured doughs - e.g. spinach - or wine pasta (substitute half the eggs with white wine))

I own a bit over 300 cookbooks now and this one I would rank very close to the bottom. There are many more pure pasta cookbooks that are much better (e.g. The Essential Pasta Cookbook - it only illustrates 50 pastas (I counted), but they are clear colour photographs so you can actually see what the pasta looks like). Even Italian cookbooks not focused on pasta do a better job and definitely give you better recipes.

The fact that this book is touted by celebrity chefs must be down to personal contacts of the authors or the talents of a good PR at the publishers.

So if you want to add a cheap cookbook with free delivery to your collection, by all means, but if you have more than a handfull of cookbooks, you probably will not be using it all that much.

I don't write a lot of reviews, but was so disappointed by this that I was moved to submit one
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2011
Mne ochen ponravilas idea oformlenia knigi. Stilno i so vkusom oformlennaia. Priobrela v podarok svoemy lubimomy - on obojaet pasty i stilnye veshi.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2010
It's so simple but BRILLIANT! A very clever way to explain pasta.
The paper is a bit poor, but the black and white illustrations are so stylish.
I've not used the recipes yet, but I have bought various bags of pasta, in anticipation.
(And DO scroll down to watch the fun video in the Amazon details!) Such an inspired idea.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2010
I really like pasta so I bought this book on the write up it had and is very good although I would have like pictures with the recipes though.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2010
Excelente trabalho tipográfico e de design, excelentes acabamentos, boas receitas, um livro muito original e bonito.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2013
As someone who has spent extensive time in various parts of Italy and enjoys pasta this was a very disappointing book. The arrogance of the author came through in the text and several recipes differed from Italian tradition. This book is everything that Made in Italy by Locatelli is not. If you want a good book for pasta Made in Italy is excellent, this Geometry of Pasta is as awful as the food I had at Bocca Di Lupo.
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