Cookbook

An Edible Cookbook Promotion.

Korefe has designed and produced what they are calling the “First and only Cookbook you can read and eat”. With pages made from sheet pasta, that have been embossed with text, that claim might be right.

The book is made out sheets of fresh pasta which can be opened and read. The book doesn’t come with any additional ingredients, but with a little imagination you could quickly turn this into a tasty dinner. Packaged as classic lasagne, the Cookbook was designed as a special project for a large German publishing house.

This is a pretty clever promotional idea. An idea that definitely leaves an impression and remains memorable long after the book has been read and hopefully consumed. I wish there was more information at the Korefe site on the design team, but unfortunately I didn’t see anything.

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The 1941 Cookbook/Time Capsule.

At some point between 1939, and 1941 my mother started collecting recipes from magazines, books, and relatives. This collection developed and grew over  the years probably culminating around the mid 1970’s.

This is Cookbook II from 1941. I wish Cookbook I was still around.

The book is a tattered three-ring binder that contains stained and faded pages upon which there are recipes written in her own hand, and those that were pasted in. The cookbook is in many ways a time capsule, that extends across 4 decades. It shows how we used to cook, the taste in food of that period, and how much time everyone used to spend preparing meals.

There is nothing fancy here. My mother is not Julia Child, although she is a damn good cook. The recipes she collected, were things that were simple and hardy. Things that were easy to prepare, and that would satisfy her family. Some of the recipes in the cookbook, came directly from my Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. They have been transcribed onto the lined notebook pages, and while faded they are in both my mother and grandmother’s hand writing.

There are a ton of clippings that feature some amazing illustration,

My mom gave me this book about 4 years ago. I hate to say this but I never use it. Never. I know I should, but it isn’t the first thing I reach for when I want to try something new, and most of my moms recipes that I make on a regular basis have been committed to memory. But tonight when I was cleaning out cabinets and organizing the kitchen, I came across the cookbook and felt compelled to look through it. It is something that will always stay with me. I decided I don’t think I’ll ever use, but instead I’m going to keep it with the other books on the shelf. Occasionally take it down and go through it, like having a conversation with an old friend.

Next week my mom turns 82, and I think I need to revisit the cookbook with her. There is so much here that is shrouded in mystery, like who in the family really liked and ate “Creamed Beets”, and where the hell did you get a recipe for that? Like I said, it’s a time capsule and I want more insight about the history of it.

I love the "How to Cook a Turkey" instructions written in the margin.

McCall's Special lasagna Recipe circa 1953. I should try to make some of these.

IKEA Cooks.

Later this year Swedish furniture giant is planning on releasing a cookbook entitled “Homemade is Best”. The book will feature photographs and illustrations created by artist Carl Kleiner, which feature the ingredients for each recipe laid out on a solid block of color. Each piece creates a grid like structure that beautifully illustrates the total amount of ingredients needed to complete the recipe, and in some cases the finished product. Kleiner, worked with food stylist Evelina Bratell to carefully arrange the portions into separate abstract structures. The result is food like you’ve never seen it—minimal, manicured and coolly designed. Keeping with IKEA’s assembly required, do it yourself attitude, the images truly represent IKEA’s philosophy turned toward food. Now where is the Swedish Meatball recipe

I really like the look of these, but then again it might be my own kitchen obsessive compulsive disorder kicking in.     As many of my friends will tell you, I am a neat freak when it comes to cooking.

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