The Starving Artist Cookbook: Illustrated Recipes for First-Time Cooks

The Starving Artist Cookbook: Illustrated Recipes for First-Time Cooks

by Sara Zin
The Starving Artist Cookbook: Illustrated Recipes for First-Time Cooks

The Starving Artist Cookbook: Illustrated Recipes for First-Time Cooks

by Sara Zin


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When life hands you lemons… paint them and then write down the recipes.

Aspiring artist Sara Zin turned 30 and hit a wall. She was hungry—starving—to find meaning in her art. Plus, she really wanted a home-cooked meals. Zin didn't know how to make them; she never learned how to cook. She decided it was time. And, as a painter, it was only logical that she paint every dish once it was prepared. This cookbook is the result of that year's journey, with basic recipes for:

  • French Toast and Crispy Bacon 
  • The Manly Burger
  • Tomato Soup
  • Simple Carbonara
  • Oatmeal Cookies

This book will appeal to anyone who likes to eat—starving or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581573534
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sara Zin is an illustrator, graphic designer, and painter who combined her passion for art with her love of food. Her work has appeared in galleries across America. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Where I Began 13

The Basics 14


Simple Eggs 27

Burrito Scramble 31

Piotr's Apple Pancakes 33

Vegetable & Sausage Crustless Quiche 35

French Toast & Crispy Bacon 37

Garlic Kale & Eggs Quinoa 39

Popovers with Strawberry Butter 40

Grandma Teresa's Omelet 43

West Coast Benedict 44

Crêpes with Strawberries & Cream 47


Strawberry & Balsamic Salad 55

Garlic Bread Salad 57

Balsamic Chicken Salad 59

Kale Salad 61

Beet & Cheese Salad 63

Edamame Salad 65

Polish Vegetable Salad 67

Forsyth's Salad 68

Daikon Salad 71

Coleslaw 73


How to Make French Bread from Scratch 79

Smoked Salmon Bagel 81

Bruschetta 83

Leftover Turkey Slider 84

Egg & Cheese Sandwich 85

The Summer-Time Burger 86

Tofu Bánh Mi 88

Pulled Pork Sandwich 90

Tea Party Sandwiches 92

Pork Belly Bao 94

Chicken Gyro 96


Vegatable Stock 102

Chicken Stock 103

Beef Stock 104

Chicken Noodle Soup 107

Pasta Fagioli 109

Leek & Potato Soup 111

Polish Beet Soup 112

Chicken Corn Soup 115

Hearty Beef Stew 116

Tomato Soup 119

Cream of Broccoli 121

Anja's Spinach Soup 123

Clam Chowder 125

Small Plates

Sautéed Mushrooms 133

Asparagus & Eggs 135

Chicken Gyoza 136

Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts 139

Fried Rice 141

Green Bean Casserole 142

Smashed Potatoes 145

Creamed Spinach 147

Roasted Root Vegetables 149

Lusia's Peppers 151


Lasagna 159

Simple Roasted Chicken 160

Homemade Pasta 162

Grandma Julia's Artichokes 164

Chicken Enchiladas 166

Simple Carbonara 169

Sanaë's Galette 170

Ratatouille 173

The Perfect Steak 174

Rosemary's Eggplant Parmesan 176

Pork Cutlets & Mashed Potatoes 178

Classic Bolognese 180

Scallops, Corn, & Tarragon 183

Korean Bulgogi 184

Swedish Meatballs 186

Spaghetti Alle Vongole 188

Roasted Lamb Chops 190

Chicken Marsala 193

Basic Stir-Fry 194

Honey Mustard Salmon 197


Pie Dough 204

Jan's Oatmeal Cookies 205

Crumble-Top Muffins 207

Blueberry Pie 208

Italian Pear Cake 211

Strawberry Tarts 213

Banana Bread 215

Basia's Chocolate Walnut Cake 216

Chalka 218

Birthday Cake 220

Amy's Molasses Crinkles 223


My Perfect Cup of Tea 229

My Perfect Morning Cup 230

Irish Coffee 231

Quince Tea 233

Healthy Smoothies 235

Mojito 236

Berry Margarita 237

Homemade Lemonade 238

Sangria 239

Lychee Martini 240

Classic Old-Fashioned 241

One-Egg Eggnog 243

Where I Ended Up 244

Culinary Terms 245

About the Author 249

Index 251

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