‘Male gaze macarons’ feature in the Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook
Published by a Brooklyn bookstore, a collecting of recipes and stories from everyone from James Franco to Joyce Carol Oates offer whimsical delight
On the covering of The Artists and Writers Cookbook, a pile of chocolate chip cookies, a spaghetti plate, and an oversized eggplant peak out from a bed of foliages that frame a lush, purple background. The richly showed cookbook is an updated version of a book released in 1961 that featured contributions from Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Harper Lee, with an introduction written by Alice B Toklas.
For the modern edition, the artist and writer Natalie Eve Garrettsourced tales( and actual recipes) from Marina Abramovi, James Franco and a define of literary celebrities. Original illustrations by Amy Jean Porter animate vignettes about heartbreak, political violence and loss, and bring unusual recipes laden with offbeat ingredients( breast milk, a camel, a wooden toboggan) to life.
Im a huge fan of fabulism and fairytales and surrealism, Garrett explains. In selecting contributors, she was drawn to recipes that cultivate whimsy, carry specific memories, and suggest imaginary foods, as she put it.
Abramovis recipes for essence beverage, fire food and pain have a surreal, otherworldly charm. Abramovi challenges the reader to keep a small meteorite stone in your mouth, wait until your tongue becomes a flame, and perhaps most amusingly, mix fresh breast milk with fresh sperm milk. She also instructs the reader to drink the concoction on the evening of an earthquake.