Looking at this picture of Max Tundra's wallet (via How to Be a Retronaut) makes my heart ache.
Remember last year's The Geometry of Pasta--Chef Jacob Kenedy and graphic designer Caz Hildebrand cookbook? I went a little nuts over the cover and its stunning black and white pasta shapes...
Well, this year's Pasta by Design is also a beauty. George L. Legendre, has compiled a rather nerdy encyclopedia of 92 shapes (Legendre is an architect, and completed Henderson Waves, a beautiful pedestrian bridge in Singapore of which there are some stunning photos here.)
For each pasta shape Legendre provides some brief etymological and historical info, a 3D diagram, an equation and a photo. And while I couldn't explain to you (yet) how this book is enriching my pasta knowledge, I do believe it is.
I'm so enjoying Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar, a collection of food-related essays from British and American foreign correspondents, edited by Matt McAllester. Here's an excerpt from a fantastic piece by Barbara Demick: