The Geometry of Pasta cookbook

The Geometry of Pasta

by Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
February 3, 2011

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The Geometry of Pasta
by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy
(Quirk Books, 2010)

If you are a pasta fiend like I am, you’ll love The Geometry of Pasta. I continue to find inspiration in this cookbook’s more than 100 recipes. I love learning about pasta shapes that I’m not familiar with and expanding my pasta-making repertoire.

The Geometry of Pasta is graphically delectable. For each pasta shape introduced, a stunning black and white illustration accompanies the description and corresponding recipe.

The book really hit home when I found a recipe for Hawaiian macaroni salad! Check it out below, and enter to win the cookbook and matching tote this week!


A modern form, in the shape of a hollow corkscrew (from which the pasta takes its name) or pig’s tail. Cavatappi are not just a gimmick, but are delicious with most sauces designed for smaller tubular pastas, maccheroni and sedanini in particular.

Length: 30mm
Diameter: 5mm
Wall thickness: 1mm

cellentani (whirls)

Macaroni Salad

Serves 3 or 4 as a side dish

200g cavatappi
125ml mayonnaise (storebought)
1/2 carrot, coarsely grated

This is one of the classic components of a Hawaiian buffet — the others being rice, iceberg salad and some sort of meat (teriyaki, sweet and sour, or something). It should be made with ‘macaroni’ (such as maccheroncini), but I like it at least as well with cavatappi. The macaroni component is in some ways like coleslaw, except that almost all the healthy part of slaw (already in a minority) has been removed and replaced with processed starch. Small wonder Hawaii performs so well in Sumo championships

Cook the pasta more than usual (not overcooked, but no longer really al dente), drain and refresh under cold running water, then drain again. Toss with the mayonnaise (the quantity here is the minimum — you can use even more if you dare) and carrot, taste for seasoning and serve.


Comments (15)


Feb 4, 06:07 AM

To try one new vegetable a week!


Feb 4, 06:18 AM

That’s a great resolution, Kari! Can I steal it and make it mine, too?

Julia Ames

Feb 4, 06:43 AM

Make home made pasta once a month.


Feb 4, 07:38 AM

I have a few, but would be happy to realize even one! 1) Join a CSA program 2) Start composting (despite living in an apartment) 3) Hydroponics.


Feb 4, 07:54 AM

Along similar lines as Kari, my fiance & I resolved to eat something green (besides lettuce) every day, no matter where we are. Our rule has since been amended to include the colors purple (eggplant!) and orange (yams!). Color-coding our food is somehow improving it.


Feb 4, 08:09 AM

To make better use of my cookbook collection.


Feb 4, 09:04 AM

Cook more frequently to eat healthier!

Patricia Grande

Feb 4, 09:18 AM

To stay cheerful and positive – it takes just as much work to be miserable as it does to be positive, so why not? And pasta does as much for making me cheerful as chocolate does, maybe more (especially if it’s ravioli)
Happy days!!


Feb 4, 11:32 AM

No Mcdonalds.


Feb 4, 12:23 PM

Learn to make pici among other unusual pasta dishes.


Feb 4, 12:24 PM

I hope to be more diligent in investing time in some of the more complicated recipes in my cookbooks – tracking down all the ingredients and following through – rather than relying on hodgepodge creations, delicious though they may be, dictated by the current contents of my refrigerator….


Feb 4, 08:01 PM

I thought our bi-monthly veggie cleanse was ambitious, but I might have to sign up for Julia’s homemade pasta resolution…


Feb 4, 09:01 PM

share more meals with friends!


Feb 6, 03:23 PM

entertaining more friends at home.


Feb 6, 07:40 PM

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is Eat Right with Color encouraging the public to eat food of different color thereby increasing the variety of foods we eat.

So eat food with various color every meal

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