Cooking is often said to be an art. The cooks innovative use of ingredients, the creative display, the inspiration behind a dish that make it poetic—all fall under the artistic description, in a figurative sense. But what about a more literal take on cooking as art? That subject is so enticing, that many a cookbook have found their inspiration in art and artists.
Some cookbooks have been dedicated solely to one artist, like Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden At Giverny. Some artists, like Salavdor Dalí, actually set about writing their own cookbooks, as found in the titillating Dalí: Les Dîners de Gala.
The recently published Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook was inspired by the 1961 book of the same name, and features stories and recipes from contemporary artists and writers, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett and beautifully illustrated by Amy Jean Porter. Served all together, these cookbooks prove that cooking is indeed not just an art, but a fine art at that.
Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author, and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter