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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Food for Thought: Picture Cook

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
Picture Cook is a feast for the eyes, literally.

 A graphic cookbook presented entirely through illustrations, it is a concept that gives new meaning to the art of cooking.

New York-based visual designer, Katie Shelly, told NPR she cooked up the idea for the visual feast back in 2009 when she realized as she listened to a friend relay instructions for eggplant Parmesan, she was drawing the process instead of writing it down. "In that moment, it was totally natural for me to draw the three bowls instead of writing all that out in words."



Shelly thinks other people may see things her way as well.

"It's just another way of slicing information," she says. "There will always be people who prefer the original way of doing recipes, and if you're in that camp, then no need to buy this book. I'm not suggesting that the whole world switch over to this format. But I think for people who are into it, if it works for you, then that's awesome."
 
The cookbook features more than 50 recipes Shelly hopes will inspire "experimentation, improvisation...and play in the kitchen". It is not, she warns, intended to be used as a "precise culinary blueprint". Think, more along the lines of how family recipes get passed along, a dash of this, and some of that to taste...

It's a fun idea with a new flavor all its own: A touch of the unexpected with just a hint of sweet.
 
Picture Cook is being published by Ulysses Press and will be served up in bookstores this October. 
 



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