10/07/2012 12:19 BST | Updated 10/07/2012 13:15 BST

Pasta By Design, George L Legendre (PICTURES)

Pasta, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It’s a staple of every student’s kitchen, a raw material in children’s art. It enjoys an illicit romance with my waistline and is responsible for engineering the Lady and the Tramp’s first smooch.

It’s also an astonishing design feat of elegant contours and mathematical complexity.

Architect George L Legendre’s tome Pasta By Design breaks down 92 different types of the beloved carbohydrate, classifying them into types using the study of relatedness among natural forms, known as phylogeny.

Scroll down for a mesmerising gallery of pasta designs

Not just a pretty pasta: The mathematical and geometric properties of funghini are revealed

The etymology, geographical origin and process of manufacture is set out for each shape in both equation and diagram form, as well photographic.

First published in 2011, this unique book and its mesmerising illustrations humanises mathematics and might even encourage you to use your own noodle.

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Also featuring a “family tree” grouping the 92 types according to their mathematical and geometric properties, this may not be a cookbook but it will leave your mouth watering.

Pasta Design, by George L. Legendre is available from Thames & Hudson, £16.95.

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