Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat. by Katie Shelly

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A common complaint about cookbooks is there aren't enough pictures. Boy howdy do I have a cookbook for those complainers! Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat. by Katie Shelly is a graphic cookbook where the recipes are drawn not written. Each recipe features drawings of the ingredients and the process of preparing the dish, with the instructions contained in the drawings. The recipes aren't strict blueprints for perfect food, but more like a framework to experiment with. Instead of a recipe for tacos, she has "Some Thoughts on Tacos" featuring a huge variety of ingredients that you can combine in any way you want to create your perfect taco. People who are strict recipe followers probably won't like this; it's very loosey-goosey. Shelly does finish each recipe with a ribbon across the bottom of the page featuring the measurements and quantities of ingredients, so you aren't totally out on a limb. If you want a taste of the cookbook (pun intended!), she has posted several preview recipes on her website.

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In addition to the yummy food, I am totally smitten with Katie Shelly's drawings. The lines are beautiful and clean, the colors bold, and the recipes very tempting. Cookbook innovation is pretty infrequent. People stopped trying to change it up once they figured out a standard format. And don't get me wrong, that format is wonderfully efficient; but not all recipes have to be that way! This cookbook is beautiful, interesting, and delicious. Some cookbooks have a tone of haute cuisine, but Picture Cook is just an artist sharing her favorite recipes.

Allie @ Central

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