The Cookbook Project

In a time of great division I seek to create connection with recipes and stories.


Project Statement

The work uses the frame of the kitchen as a place where shared experiences both good and bad occur. I aim to expose histories of joy and pain, and in the process, create a collection of stories with recipes. The content is created through collaboration combining the history mail art and family-built recipe books. I have found the histories of bookmaking and sculpture to be useful in arranging ideas in order to align content, concept, and form. In this project, I hope to make visible the historicizing memories of how we all take our meals. The work is grounded in my personal struggle with truthfulness, love of the kitchen community, with consideration of aesthetics.

Project Structure

The Cookbook Project, a series of handmade artist books, each designed to encourage personal introspection and at the same time create connection to a community. For me, they solidify the now, memorialize the past, and set the table for the future. Each volume opens with one of my recipes and my story of the memory. I then deliver each book to project participants who is asked in turn to add a recipe and the story of that memory. I ask that each recipe added contain one ingredient from the preceding recipe if possible. I facilitate the continuation of each book's journey. Circulation begins in late 2018 continuing for approximately 1 year. 

The Books

Click on images to learn about the story of each book, material details, number of pages, first recipe, participants, production images, my personal inspiration, and to sign up. When you sign up you can select multiple books or leave it to artist's choice.
Check back to see how each book is updating along its journey.