There's a special allure when it comes to cookbooks written and inspired by artists and writers. Whether its for their unique spin on culinary art, or the chance to see famous names talk their favourite dishes, we're hooked. This is why the creative part cookbook and part personal insight: The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is such an exciting new publication out this fall.
Any chance to get inside the kitchens and minds of contemporary artists and writers who are usually more familiar being on stage or with a pen or a paintbrush in hand than a wooden spoon, who frame their food stories with wit and honesty makes for a propelling read.
Author Natalie Eve Garrett has curated the personal stories and recipes of 76 contemporary artists and writers that range from amusing to touching. You'll find out how "Anthony Doerr lures us out into the wild to find huckleberries and happiness, while Paul Muldoon and Aimee Bender conjure food-related apocalyptic visions. Neil Gaiman makes a perfectly eerie cheese omelette while Ed Ruscha makes his cactus omelette in times of doom. Marina Abramovic shares “fire food.” All accompanied by eye catching illustrations.
This new edition is actually inspired by the original version, published back in 1961 where leading luminaries like John Keats and Lawrence Durrell, amongst many other artists, contributed to an eclectic mix of 220 recipes.
The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook by Natalie Eve Garrett (powerHouse Books, October 11, $30)
Included artists: Anthony Doerr, Leanne Shapton, Joyce Carol Oates, John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, Ed Ruscha, Neil Gaiman, Edwidge Danticat, Aimee Bender, Gregory Crewdson, James Franco, Francesca Lia Block, Swoon, Nelson DeMille, Rick Moody and Laurel Nakadate, Nikki Giovanni, T.C. Boyle, Lev Grossman, Roz Chast, Heidi Julavits, Marina Abramović, Curtis Sittenfeld, Julia Alvarez, and many others.
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