Friday, January 7, 2011

They Draw and Cook favorite illustations

They Draw and Cook is a fun blog posting illustrated recipes by artists and illustrators from all over the world. I originally learned about it via notcotMy own recipe is up on their blog now, as well as on my art blog. These are some of my favorites. 

Above, Marmalade Flapjacks by Matt Dawson. (See the original post for a full-size, legible version!) I love how all the arms end up showing all of the steps at once. (Also, the helper bees!) 

Vegetable Stock by Nate Padavick. Beautiful colors and specimen-like arrangement. 

Meatballs by Kevin Valente. I had lots of favorites, and tried to pick only vegan or vegan-izable ones, but the combination of watercolor and graphite and the perspective of the road and the text and the speech bubbles were all just too wonderful for me to exclude this one. (Just pretend that there aren't 3 kinds of meat, including veal, in this recipe, and look at the pretty picture.) 

Fly off the Plate Pancakes by Erin Watson. Another fun and dynamic composition. This is one of the few pieces in this project that really challenges the space, by creating its own frame and then bursting out of it. (They're all the same size because those were the submission rules -- some of them will be part of a book.) 

A Well-Salted Salad with a Little Vinegar and Good Olive Oil by Bozena Wojtaszek. This one is all textile and thread! How awesome is that. I would love to have a whole soft book of lovely recipes (especially for salad!).

The Original Spaghetti, Garlic, Oil and Chili Pepper by Sara Lecca. A fun combination of textures and images. The illustration of the guy eating spaghetti is so animated, and so like eating spaghetti.

Spring Garden Soup by Meta Wraber. I just adore this expressive, evocative style of watercolor. And we all know I'm a sucker for interesting handwriting. The brushstrokes and lines and colors are all fantastic.


  1. whaat!? these are so sweet and cool. and i loved your own illustrated recipe... handfuls are definitely occasionally the best way to measure things. :) yay!

  2. Thanks, Naomi, for you kind words. I also sewed "Jellied carp" for the Christmas contest. It is always a challenge but I like it.
    And I like your idea of soft book with different salads :)
    And I liked you illustration from the first sight, not even knowing it was yours :)


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