Book Review: The Geometry of Pasta

Book Review: The Geometry of Pasta

I got this book as a Christmas gift from my brother in law and it was one of the best gifts I got this year! It is a treasure trove of interesting foodie information and beautiful design. And one of the ramifications of growing up as the daughter of a writer and all-around creative is that any book I would even consider picking up must be beautiful in both content and aesthetics.

This book is just that.

The perfect shape + the perfect sauce = the geometry of pasta
The perfect shape + the perfect sauce = the geometry of pasta












Written by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy & published by Boxtree in 2010, I couldn’t help but wonder where has this book been for the past six years??  The Geometry of Pasta has the visually aesthetic appearance of a monochromatic cover that evokes a great expectancy of beautiful and simple content… and it does not disappoint!

The book hits all the basics that you’d expect in a food book – recipes for pasta dough, sauce recipes, and how much salt to add to boiling water. Hildebrand and Kenedy then proceed to take the reader on an exploration of various pasta forms, where they originated from, how to make the pasta, and accompanying sauces that not only dress the pasta suitably, but make the dish exceptional. The information is punctuated beautifully with simple, yet beautiful black and white graphic illustrations with just the right amount of detail and simplification of form.

The Geometry of Pasta is the perfect fusion of functionality and the art of both food and design.


All that is left to do is make some pasta…!


**I have not been asked to review this book. All opinions are my own.

Slowing down slowly

Slowing down slowly

Life is fast, exciting, and on-demand… and we are overstressed and undernourished.

Here at Lo & Slo, we are pursuing a slow life and slow cooking….but not with a slow cooker. We’re going back to our roots, to an old fashioned way of cooking: simple, creative, nutrient-dense food..with a few feel good treats thrown in!


A FAMILY JOURNEY AT A FAMILY PACE                                                

We have to take it SLO. Between kids’ parties, doting friends and relatives, and the influence of modern society, we have a slow journey ahead of us to become a whole food, low stress, natural, healthy family.


In this media-drenched, data-rich, channel-surfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts.

Carl Honore

The pace of life feels morally dangerous to me.

Richard Ford

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life. …and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson