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1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated !!! Over hyped !!!, 16 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Geometry of Pasta (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 21 Jan 2011 13:35:11 GMT
Have ordered "Encyclopedia of Pasta" as it sounds more like what I would have expected.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2011 14:03:17 GMT
I suppose if all one wants is a bog-standard recipe book with lots of pretty colour pictures of various coloured pasta shapes, an intelligent and well-designed book like this is not the one to get.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2011 14:29:31 GMT
I checked, but did not see you reviewing the book. The book's design? If you write a book about pasta shapes I suppose one option is to select them at random, or ..... put them in alphabetical order - how well designed is that, fantastic insight the authors had here. Just to make sure I hadn't made a mistake, I took a look at the book again just now. No mistake. The title is The Geometry of Past - yet in most cases it hardley delves into the actual geometry (and from the illustrations it is almost impossible to make it out should you be so inclined to try to make them yourself). There is no delving into why the particular shape came about, what is its advantages for particular sauce types or fillings (e.g. catches or holds the sauce better, etc.). I wasn't looking for a bog-standard recipe book, that was my point, I was looking for the book to really delve into pasta geometry - and I thought it failed to live up to that and it also didn't deliver on the recipe front as an alternative. I later bought The Encyclopedia of Pasta - now that doesn't have any recipes at all, but it is a great book about pasta (and its geometry). The Geometry of Pasta is not a bad book (particularly at the discount price) and the recipes may be really fine as well. For me it just didn't do what it promised on the tin (or the hype and recommendations from the celeb chefs). Looking through the book again, the worst are those illustrations - it would be hard to find and recognize a shape in the market by looking at any of these mostly heavy black ink stains of illustrations. It doesn't have to be a photograph, just drawings with more details.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012 05:43:02 GMT
Mr. D. Brown says:
I think it's fair to say you have misunderstood the purpose of this book. It's a graphic design collaboration.
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