Pasta by Design

Pasta by Design

This is about brilliance. And fun. And quirkiness. And pasta. By training, I am an applied mathematician. When people ask why I blog about food, the answer is simple: I like food and I like writing. My training as a math geek has taught me to appreciate elegance,...
Zinfadel Spaghettini with Spicy Rapini

Zinfadel Spaghettini with Spicy Rapini

In Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, the head notes describe this dish as crowd pleaser. And as a celebration of Zinfandel. Spaghetti always seems to come to the table adorned with tomatoes. Here’s a way, by cooking in Zinfandel, to achieve a far more royal red color. A...

The Geometry of Pasta and Tagliolini with Crab

The Geometry of Pasta is book you can’t miss. That title by itself seems unusual. Since Brian is both a foodie and a mathematician, I just had to this book up for him. The book’s physical design is exceptional: clean Deco-style fonts in stark black ink on linen white...

St. John’s Eve Pasta: Anchovy and Almonds

Mario Batali is a culinary legend, a bundle of energy who has had enormous impact on America’s culinary landscape. His capacity for activity seems boundless: television including Iron Chef, restaurants spanning the continent, personal appearances, cooking contests,...