Butterflies, Snails & Little Worms – Prints


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series of 8 prints (15 x 21 cm) from the book

Farfalle, lumache & vermicelli
Butterflies, Snails & Little Worms
Steven Guarnaccia

This little volume is a multilingual visual dictionary of pasta names and shapes, featuring Steven Guarnaccia’s witty drawings along with easy-to-follow recipes that allow you to try out the various pasta shapes at home. “Learning Italian, I fell in love first with the sound of the words. I learned all of the meanings of the names for pasta that were familiar to me (spaghetti, vermicelli, ziti) as well as those that weren’t (bucatini, fazzoletti, gigli). I loved the sound of the names but even more I loved the sheer visuality of their meanings. Before then, it hadn’t occurred to me that the names meant anything. Had you told me that I was eating little strings or worms, I would have thought you were pulling my leg. But my deeper Italian lesson was that though language is a pleasure, it’s only a diversion compared to the pleasures of the kitchen.”

Steven Guarnaccia is an internationally recognized illustrator and designer. He is the former director of Illustration at the Parsons School of Design and was the art director of the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. His work has appeared in major international magazines and newspapers, on murals for Disney Cruise Lines, as exhibition drawings for a show about Achille Castiglioni at the Museum of Modern Art and on watches and packaging for Swatch. He is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books and has authored books on popular culture and design. His work has won awards from the AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and has been exhibited in one-person shows in the USA and Europe.