This is quite simply a beautiful book. (Picture via Amazon.) What we love about Pasta by Design, by George L. Legendre and Stefano Grazini, is that it takes an ingredient that we use all the time, is in almost every pantry across America and in much of the world and elevates it to an art form. There is a whole world behind that cardboard box in your cupboard. There is detailed design work that goes into every piece and there was thought involved in creating the different shapes and the myriad culinary applications that they were meant for. It's a wonderful reminder not to overlook the obvious. Just because something is in front of us all the time doesn't mean that we remember to take the time to appreciate it. The things we take for granted are often the things it would be the most difficult to do without.