I am creating a new cookbook, gathering the recipes we relied upon in the last year of this crazy pandemic.
I am using a journal I am unfamiliar with, created from heavy unfinished
and rough paper from India, a Kadhi journal. This should make things interesting,
as I already see how different my outcomes are when using this paper.
Ink tends to spread easily, and watercolors also spread or fuzz a bit,
but I am committed now, and so will work with the limitations.
I placed a colorful Mexican/Indian inspired Ganesha at the front of the book to set intention for the recipe book. These are not fancy recipes, but grounded recipes that were cooked throughout the pandemic with frequency, partly due to limited shopping resources and even more limited time — and many were cooked in the studio kitchen.
We did okay during the pandemic (as I write this the pandemic is not over
but we’ve been vaccinated and survived). I am gathering the notes
I placed in my art journals, like the one below, and writing them nicely with
the changes I made as I cooked beans every other day for months.
My bean recipes become simpler the more I cooked, and as I found out that cooking them simply worked best, with changes in spices depending upon their use.
I sketched many of my recipes into my sketchbooks, above,
and wanted to begin to gather them into one place,
and give them the attention this shift in my cooking deserves.
“Memory is more indelible than ink.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”
Me… why I journal!
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