By all means cook up this simple & speedy pasta concoction starring breadcrumbs & capers the next time you're dying for an easy post-workday bellyful of carbs. As I am every single post-workday of my mature adult life. Be liberal with the red pepper flakes unless you are Groucho, in which case try... well, whatever the spice equivalent of jicama is. Styrofoam maybe? Sawdust? Air?
p.s. I did not have shallots so I used a yellow onion. And I added chopped parsley whilst skipping the parm. I like to think I made the right choice, but YMMV obvs (SMH).
BTW secrets to shooting food from the NYT. As with most things in life, it comes down to lighting.