The Story of Pasta and How to Cook It!Steven Guarnaccia, with recipes by Heather Thomas

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A playful, fact-filled exploration of the fascinating history of 35 famous pasta shapes with a delicious, child-friendly recipe perfectly suited to each shape

In this ultimate book of pasta for children ages 7–11, 35 pasta shapes are brought to life through clever illustrations and fascinating facts to feed children’s imaginations – and their bellies! From farfalle, which means ‘butterflies’ in Italian, to linguine, meaning ‘little tongues,’ different types of pasta have wonderfully playful shapes, names, and origin stories! Each pasta is accompanied by a simple recipe specially suited to its shape. The result is an entertaining, engaging, fact-filled, scrumptious offering for every child interested in cooking and eating – a fresh and joyful introduction to pasta, that is a fun-filled cookery book … and more!

For ages 7-11


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 270 × 220 mm (10 5/8 × 8 5/8 in)
  • Pages: 160 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838667214

Steven Guarnaccia is an internationally recognized illustrator and designer, and Emeritus Professor of Illustration at Parsons School of Design. He has authored and illustrated numerous children’s books for Chronicle Books, Abrams, and Corraini. His work has won awards from the AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and the Bologna Book Fair, and has been exhibited in one-man shows in the USA and Europe.

Heather Thomas is a health and cookery writer and editor who has many cookbooks to her name and has contributed to health and food magazines in the UK and the United States. She is the author of The Greek Vegetarian Cookbook, also published by Phaidon.

‘Delicious … Learn to cook with your kids.’ – Tom Colicchio, chef

‘Nearly ate it up. [The Story of Pasta] is beautifully delicious. A great marriage of [illustrations] and photos, design and text. Brilliant!’ – Steven Heller, journalist, The Daily Heller

‘[This] page-turner is … for children about the history of pasta. How else will they learn that the ’60s pop star Adriano Celentano’s springy dancing inspired Barilla pasta’s corkscrew pasta or cellentani?’ – Women's Wear Daily

‘Magnificent … A real feast for the eyes.’ – Radio Canada, Quebec