They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the WorldHardback
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- Publisher: Weldon Owen, Incorporated
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 175mm x 231mm x 28mm | 953g
- Publication date: 4 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: San Francisco, CA
- ISBN 10: 1616281383
- ISBN 13: 9781616281380
- Sales rank: 91,396
Endlessly entertaining and engaging, "They Draw & Cook," with more than 100 hand-illustrated recipes, presents a unique and artful cooking adventure for all ages. After starting their blog in February of 2010, Nate and Salli received hundreds of illustrated recipes from artists all over the world, which they decided to turn into a book. This book contains a sample of 107 of those illustrations that range in style from cute to goofy to absolutely gorgeous. The illustration styles range from elegant to cheeky, the recipes from drinks to desserts and everyday to extraordinary. You'll find hilarious fare like Beetrooty-Yogurty-Thingummyji, Starving Artist Goo-lash, and Top Model Salad; international cuisine such as Moroccan Orange & Date Salad and Moules Frites; and tantalizing tastes like Marmalade Flapjacks and Chicken in Love. The perfect combination of flair and folly, this irresistible and colorful book will be a new favorite both in and out of the kitchen. Sample recipes: Toad in the Hole Marmalade Flapjacks Top Model Salad Starving Artist Goo-lash Chicken in Love Beetrooty-Yogurty-Thingummyjig Chocolate Haystacks Turn that Frown Upside Down Cake Coooooooookies
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Nate Padavick (North Adams, MA) and Salli Swindell (Hudson, OH) are a brother/sister design team also known as Studio SSS. They founded the blog They Draw and Cook, conceived of as a place for anyone with a passion for art and cooking to show their love of both by bringing their favorite recipes to life through illustration. Salli lives in Hudson, OH and Nate lives in North Adams, MA, but even though they live in different cities they still easily manage their business together through daily bouts of over-caffeinated video chatting and barrages of goofy emails. "Having fun" is the driving factor behind much of the work they do, which is how "They Draw and Cook" got started in the first place!
By liberal sprinkles 12 Oct 2011
If you like food or art, dip into this yummy book. There're 107 recipes, all beautifully illustrated by artists from around the world. Need breakfast? How about madeleines? Looking for a more filling meal? Try the black bean chicken soup or pan-fried fish with lemon caper sauce. Prefer vegetarian? There's the colcannon - it's fat-free too. All the better to finish it all off with a rich chocolate crepe or (and??) coconut macaroons.
They Draw and Cook is a fun, colorful and creative cook book, the first spawn of the marvellous blog of the same name which is now home to several thousand recipes contributed by a variety of people. Not all are professional artists, some are folks who just love to eat or draw. The recipes featured in the book are not new, but they are still a yummy feast for the eyes. It's just too bad the book is such a lean sampling of the blog's offerings! I don't envy Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell (the brother-and-sister design team who created the blog) the tough job they must have had whittling down the list of recipes to include in the publication. If you're unhappy just skimming the surface, go over to the blog to indulge yourself.
The final selection includes recipes that should please most palates, satisfy sweet cravings, feed regular daily needs as well as cater to special occasions. The book includes everything from dips and snacks to main courses, desserts and cocktails. The foods offered for your viewing and cooking pleasures originate from all over the world, so unless you hate to experiment, They Draw and Cook is a delicious resource for different cuisines. The recipes lean towards the visual - the art is often the dominant element but the recipes are for the most part simple to follow. Another tasty thing about this collection is the range of artistic styles: there's pretty, there's stylish, there's cartoonish and there's cute. Overall, it's stuffed full of gorgeousness.
One to keep and gift.
// this is adapted from a review on the liberal sprinkles blog