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The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is a collection of personal, food-related stories with recipes from 76 contemporary artists and writers. Inspired by a book from 1961, The (original) Artists' & Writers' Cookbook included recipes from the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marianne Moore, and Harper Lee. This new, vibrantly illustrated version includes stories and recipes The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is a collection of personal, food-related stories with recipes from 76 contemporary artists and writers. Inspired by a book from 1961, The (original) Artists' & Writers' Cookbook included recipes from the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marianne Moore, and Harper Lee. This new, vibrantly illustrated version includes stories and recipes from Anthony Doerr, Leanne Shapton, Joyce Carol Oates, John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, Ed Ruscha, Neil Gaiman, Edwidge Danticat, Aimee Bender, Gregory Crewdson, James Franco, Francesca Lia Block, Swoon, Nelson DeMille, Rick Moody and Laurel Nakadate, Nikki Giovanni, T.C. Boyle, Lev Grossman, Roz Chast, Heidi Julavits, Marina Abramović, Curtis Sittenfeld, Julia Alvarez, and many others. In The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook, Anthony Doerr lures us out into the wild to find huckleberries and happiness. Neil Gaiman makes a perfectly eerie cheese omelet while Ed Ruscha associates his cactus omelet with “a time of doom.” Yiyun Li eats rations in Beijing while Edwidge Danticat prepares a soup to celebrate freedom. Nelson DeMille reminisces about a meal he ate 40 years ago when serving in Vietnam; Kamrooz Aram recalls childhood “picnics” in his basement in Tehran during air raids. Sanford Biggers updates a soul food classic—“something tasty to lessen the bitter taste of consistent, systematic oppression.” Paul Muldoon and Aimee Bender conjure food-related apocalyptic visions. Marina Abramović shares a dish best consumed on top of a volcano, Elissa Schappell dreams of playing Serge Gainsbourg records to snails, and Padgett Powell tastes a dish that reverses time and space. Daniel Wallace woos with an eggplant sandwich. Francesca Lia Block tells us how to fall in love. The essays are at turns comedic and heart-wrenching, personal and apocalyptic, with recipes that are enchanting to read and recreate. One part cookbook and one part intimate self-portrait, The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is a portal into the kitchens and personal lives of an unmatched collection of contemporary artists and writers.


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The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is a collection of personal, food-related stories with recipes from 76 contemporary artists and writers. Inspired by a book from 1961, The (original) Artists' & Writers' Cookbook included recipes from the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marianne Moore, and Harper Lee. This new, vibrantly illustrated version includes stories and recipes The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is a collection of personal, food-related stories with recipes from 76 contemporary artists and writers. Inspired by a book from 1961, The (original) Artists' & Writers' Cookbook included recipes from the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marianne Moore, and Harper Lee. This new, vibrantly illustrated version includes stories and recipes from Anthony Doerr, Leanne Shapton, Joyce Carol Oates, John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, Ed Ruscha, Neil Gaiman, Edwidge Danticat, Aimee Bender, Gregory Crewdson, James Franco, Francesca Lia Block, Swoon, Nelson DeMille, Rick Moody and Laurel Nakadate, Nikki Giovanni, T.C. Boyle, Lev Grossman, Roz Chast, Heidi Julavits, Marina Abramović, Curtis Sittenfeld, Julia Alvarez, and many others. In The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook, Anthony Doerr lures us out into the wild to find huckleberries and happiness. Neil Gaiman makes a perfectly eerie cheese omelet while Ed Ruscha associates his cactus omelet with “a time of doom.” Yiyun Li eats rations in Beijing while Edwidge Danticat prepares a soup to celebrate freedom. Nelson DeMille reminisces about a meal he ate 40 years ago when serving in Vietnam; Kamrooz Aram recalls childhood “picnics” in his basement in Tehran during air raids. Sanford Biggers updates a soul food classic—“something tasty to lessen the bitter taste of consistent, systematic oppression.” Paul Muldoon and Aimee Bender conjure food-related apocalyptic visions. Marina Abramović shares a dish best consumed on top of a volcano, Elissa Schappell dreams of playing Serge Gainsbourg records to snails, and Padgett Powell tastes a dish that reverses time and space. Daniel Wallace woos with an eggplant sandwich. Francesca Lia Block tells us how to fall in love. The essays are at turns comedic and heart-wrenching, personal and apocalyptic, with recipes that are enchanting to read and recreate. One part cookbook and one part intimate self-portrait, The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is a portal into the kitchens and personal lives of an unmatched collection of contemporary artists and writers.

58 review for The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Wright

    My husband gave this to me for Christmas last year. I've been reading it off & on between books. Some of my favorite authors contributions are in this cookbook that is so much more than a cookbook: Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, and Nikki Giovanni. I warned my husband that I want to try Nelson Demille's recipe G.I. Spam & Beans with A.1. Steak Sauce! Some of the stories are so intimate, about growing up, falling in love, surviving wars, and how food and cooking is such a huge part of life's story. My husband gave this to me for Christmas last year. I've been reading it off & on between books. Some of my favorite authors contributions are in this cookbook that is so much more than a cookbook: Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, and Nikki Giovanni. I warned my husband that I want to try Nelson Demille's recipe G.I. Spam & Beans with A.1. Steak Sauce! Some of the stories are so intimate, about growing up, falling in love, surviving wars, and how food and cooking is such a huge part of life's story. I have a cookbook problem, too many of them...but this is so much more than a cookbook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    I loved this book! The range of essays is wide; there's something for everyone. And while I wouldn't necessarily want to cook the foods described, the authors' passion, grace, good humor and sensitivity were evident in every essay. My particular favorite, and one the I wish everyone would read and take to heart, is the essay by Joyce Carol Oates. It's rather short, but it's one of the most affecting and breath-taking writing I've come across in a long time. Ms. Oates describes a recipe that revo I loved this book! The range of essays is wide; there's something for everyone. And while I wouldn't necessarily want to cook the foods described, the authors' passion, grace, good humor and sensitivity were evident in every essay. My particular favorite, and one the I wish everyone would read and take to heart, is the essay by Joyce Carol Oates. It's rather short, but it's one of the most affecting and breath-taking writing I've come across in a long time. Ms. Oates describes a recipe that revolves around grief and loneliness. The pain at losing her husband is palpable. I cried when I read it the first time, and I cried again when I read it to my husband. What a master, she is. But moving away from grief, many of these essays are humorous. The book is a delight. I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    When my family is out for the night, I cook 'eggs in camicia', toast an English muffin, pour a glass of red wine and tuck into a cookbook. Tonight's selection was less cookbook, more amusing anecdotes on food and memory. It also confirms my observation that people involved in highly creative endeavors generally don't have much interest in cooking. The only recipe that tempted me was contributed by the editor. When my family is out for the night, I cook 'eggs in camicia', toast an English muffin, pour a glass of red wine and tuck into a cookbook. Tonight's selection was less cookbook, more amusing anecdotes on food and memory. It also confirms my observation that people involved in highly creative endeavors generally don't have much interest in cooking. The only recipe that tempted me was contributed by the editor.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This is fun--what on earth is more autobiographical than food? (Maybe smell, but then I bet you can loop smells back to food in most cases.) it's pleasant to read some writers' stories about certain recipes. Some are haunting, like Alice Hoffman's, and some are cheeky. I would probably make a few of these recipes, but mostly I savored the stories. This is fun--what on earth is more autobiographical than food? (Maybe smell, but then I bet you can loop smells back to food in most cases.) it's pleasant to read some writers' stories about certain recipes. Some are haunting, like Alice Hoffman's, and some are cheeky. I would probably make a few of these recipes, but mostly I savored the stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Moore

    What a quirky and unusual cookbook! Some recipes are conceptual, some are actual, most come with an engaging essay, and all are thought-provoking and intriguing. So many experiences and perspectives. Loved it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Really enjoyed this collection of short stories, poems, writing passages that lead into fun little recipes. Very personal to the writer/artist, and I enjoy the combination of short story and recipe book - I think it would not be as effective if it was just one or the other.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Zigler

    I never thought I'd be into reading a cookbook, but it was so much fun! I never thought I'd be into reading a cookbook, but it was so much fun!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A beautiful, entertaining and instructive book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Cute book containing essays and recipes from notable authors and artists

  10. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Dee

    Fun stories ok recipes

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Quinn

    I might like the contributors more than the recipes! It's a fun and intriguing insight into so many wonderful artists' most intimate side, their food! I might like the contributors more than the recipes! It's a fun and intriguing insight into so many wonderful artists' most intimate side, their food!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Be aware, this is not so much of a cookbook as an excellent compilation of personal essays, fiction and poetry. The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook includes works by well-known (at least to me) authors like Anthony Doerr, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, James Franco, Jane Smiley, Ruth Reichl, Nikki Giovanni, and T. C. Boyle. It presented many more authors that I would like to be familiar with. I found myself googling a lot of the artists to see their works after reading the short b Be aware, this is not so much of a cookbook as an excellent compilation of personal essays, fiction and poetry. The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook includes works by well-known (at least to me) authors like Anthony Doerr, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, James Franco, Jane Smiley, Ruth Reichl, Nikki Giovanni, and T. C. Boyle. It presented many more authors that I would like to be familiar with. I found myself googling a lot of the artists to see their works after reading the short bios at the end of each essay/recipe. Of course, some of the recipes might be outstanding like Soup Joumou, Ba Minh's Pho, Potato Soup (ala Alice Hoffman), Yucatan Black Beans (from Reichl), Grilled Skirt Steak Berbere, and Mango-Blueberry Pie. There's also recipes one would never try like Baked Stuffed Camel and perhaps the spam and beans one. There's a recurring theme of nostalgia throughout the book, but that is not surprising. Food and memories go hand in hand. Sometimes there's mention of regret but most of the selections deal with memory or making memories: "...you only get so many summers in your life, so why not be out beneath the sky, amongst the trees, stuffing your mouth with something sweet?" (from Doerr's "Huckleberry Muffins a.k.a Happiness"). Other recipes/selections deal with rituals, "defiance of grief" (19), luxury of scrambled eggs (21), oatmeal as an object of desire (29), and love. There's also a couple of different authors that include a Wal-Mart slam. (I found that interesting.) All in all, this book was a joy to read. I'm anxious to cook from it. (The recipe reading is as good as or better in some cases as the actual essay. )

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Clark

    I read the whole book cover to cover. But it is also perfect for just flipping thru and reading a few of the stories. Recipes range from detailed and complex to ludicrous and take 15 or even 35 years (seriously you have to read to understand why) A book that will complicate how you shelve your books. It has recipes so perhaps it belongs in the kitchen with your collection of cookbooks (my kitchen has to have access to a very large bookcase to just barely hold the well over 100+ cookbooks my wife I read the whole book cover to cover. But it is also perfect for just flipping thru and reading a few of the stories. Recipes range from detailed and complex to ludicrous and take 15 or even 35 years (seriously you have to read to understand why) A book that will complicate how you shelve your books. It has recipes so perhaps it belongs in the kitchen with your collection of cookbooks (my kitchen has to have access to a very large bookcase to just barely hold the well over 100+ cookbooks my wife and I have - nearly a dozen of which are by my brother-in-law) But it also has poetry and art and works by major writers and artists. So perhaps it should be with your art books (ours are scattered - some in my wife’s studio she’s also an artist, some one bookcase over from the cookbooks in our kitchen, and others in our living room with the other large set of our books (yes we have a lot of books likely over a 1000 though that’s down from the 2000+ I had as a bachelor) And this is a book that could well sit on a coffee table were it not for the fact that our coffee tables double as game boards and work surfaces so rarely hold coffee table books these days - just my son’s books, some shared games or the occasional puzzles. In any case this is a book that I’m glad to own, a rare cookbook I read cover to cover. And there are, in fact, a bunch of recipes I will likely flag to make someday in the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Mackay

    Kinda boring. And I’m a food blogger so you’d think I’d be interested- but nup. Boring. Maybe if i was American and knew who the heck any of these people were ...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    A beautiful collection of stories (and a great range of them) along with recipes. Some of the recipes just add ambiance to the stories themselves, others will be ones you'll want to tuck away for certain moods or holidays or moments when you want to bring a little more to the food you prepare and eat. Reading it had me pondering my eggs in the morning with a bit more reverence and romance and appreciation; I have a plan for what I'll cook on New Years Day to inspire good fortune in the New Year. A beautiful collection of stories (and a great range of them) along with recipes. Some of the recipes just add ambiance to the stories themselves, others will be ones you'll want to tuck away for certain moods or holidays or moments when you want to bring a little more to the food you prepare and eat. Reading it had me pondering my eggs in the morning with a bit more reverence and romance and appreciation; I have a plan for what I'll cook on New Years Day to inspire good fortune in the New Year. I sat and daydreamed between stories, traveling the world as I sipped and slurped and chewed along. Loved escaping into so many intimate moments of some incredibly talented artists and writers. PS: I know this is being published in advance of the release date. I was sent a digital copy because I'm a writer in the food world. But I do not know the author, and this is in no way an endorsed "review". Just throwing some words up here because I really enjoyed the book, and hope others buy, read, and enjoy it, too!

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