The History of Pasta
To the Italian culture, pasta is much, much more than dried forms lining supermarket shelves. With information reaching far beyond the familiar bow ties, elbow macaroni, and wagon wheels, Oretta Zanini de Vita’s comprehensive Encyclopedia of Pasta now has an English translation, from Maureen B. Fant. Available from the University of California press, this amazingly comprehensive guide to all things pasta will be certain to wow any food lover, but especially those of Italian heritage, or a keen interest in food history. The book’s striking but simple binding, as well as illustrations, give the tome an heirloom-quality; include this book in a gift basket this holiday season, and it will be sure to provide years of culinary enjoyment. Available for $30, wherever books are sold.