Chef Kim Mahan came to my studio for a visit and made some decisions about recipes. We are cooking with real butter now! Meaning major progress towards having a real live published cookbook has occurred.
It is an artist book. Which means it’s an unconventional cookbook. It’s not bound in the traditional sense. It’s artwork – that you can cook with. Part of the reason for not-binding this book is that as separate pages one can be placed under a refrigerator magnet while in use.
Also the Chef will be able to mix and match sets of recipes according to themes (yes, we already plan to do more illustrated recipes!).
Here’s an example of mix-and-match:
There’s a kitchen-skill being taught (“how to roast a pepper”) and then there’s a recipe that applies that skill. (The “Please-ya Burger” recipe also uses the kitchen-skill “How to peel and roast garlic” that I’d illustrated and shared on my last blog post here.)
Incase enquiring minds want to know – here’s my general definition of what an “artist book” is:
Artists’ books are works of art that utilize the form of the book – a set of sequential “pages” that unfold/display in a way that utilizes time like a printed book does. The reader sets the pace of the viewing/reading. Artist books are intended as works of fine art they just happen to be “book-like” as that format helps convey the artist’s concept. Artist books are often published in small editions and they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind art objects. Often they are produced for a specific audience or purpose. Artists’ books utilize a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box, portfolio or envelope. Artist books are often intended for art gallery, library or collectors display.
With that definition you can begin to see, I’m sure, the “artist book” aspects of this cookbook project with Chef Mahan. The slight difference between the artist book definition above and this project is that this artist-book-cookbook will also be practical. You can use it to make dinner.