They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World

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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 ...

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Overview

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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The way Salli Swindell remembers it, the inspiration came unbidden while and her brother Nate were chatting aimlessly in a kitchen: "Quite typically, I was at the counter chattering away while doodling the crate of fresh figs he had bought. It was a big 'AHA' moment. Figs are so lyrical and sexy to draw. I became mesmerized and thought 'why have I not been illustrating food all this time?' This eventually led us to gathering some talent artist friends to illustrate a recipe of their choosing." From the thousand plus submissions, Nate and Salli has selected 107 of these illustration and recipe matches that demonstrate that food and art are almost equally various. A cookbook with a difference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616281380
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,360,837
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Wonderful book!

    I first became aware of the They Draw and Cook blog while I was on Pinterest, where I saw one of the illustrated recipes from their site and I just loved it! I was thrilled to go to their site where I found lots more -- from many different artists, in a wide variety of styles. I even made a Pinterest board just for Illustrated Recipes so that I could keep "pinning" all my favorites from them! TDAC is run by a brother and sister team, Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, both of whom are artists themselves. This seems to have made them remarkably considerate toward other artists, shown by the positive feedback they leave for the contributors on their site. In addition, they are now offering the recipe prints for sale in their shop. And now, they have a new book out, featuring 107 popular recipes from their site! The new book has designs from artists all over the world who have chosen a favorite recipe and then illustrated it in their own style. The wide-ranging types of artistic expression and mediums makes They Draw and Cook especially compelling, as the artworks bring the recipes to life. While the illustrated recipes may sometimes be fairly detailed, the medium actually lends itself very well to simple recipes, which makes them extra do-able. I enjoyed how many of the recipes in They Draw and Cook, like Kimchi or Curry Cabbage, mainly show the ingredients with only a small amount of text. That really helped me to quickly visualize what the dish was about more than simply reading a text recipe. The personal nature of the recipes, in addition to the designs, provides interesting insights into their creators, as in the Starving Artist Goo-lash or Grandma's special Spaghetti. They Draw and Cook includes a broad range of recipe ideas from around the globe, like Mango Lassi, Salsa Verde or Raisin Muffins. Reading cookbooks has always been one of my favorite past-times, but They Draw and Cook allows me to bring two of my favorite things, art and cooking, together! I hope they will continue to have future editions showcasing more delicious recipes and inspiring art.

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