100 color plates, 11 halftones
6 1/2 x 8 3/4
Cloth $39.00ISBN: 9781780231747
For sale in North and South America only
Matisse, Picasso, Hockney—they may not have been from the same period, but they all painted still lifes of food. And they are not alone. Andy Warhol painted soup cans, Claes Oldenburg sculpted an ice cream cone on the top of a building in Cologne, Jack Kerouac’s Sal ate apple pie across the country, and Truman Capote served chicken hash at the Black and White Ball. Food has always played a role in art, but how well and what did the artists themselves eat? Exploring a panoply of artworks of food, cooking, and eating from Europe and the Americas, The Modern Art Cookbook opens a window into the lives of artists, writers, and poets in the kitchen and the studio throughout the twentieth century and beyond.
From the early moderns to the impressionists; from symbolists to cubists and surrealists; from the Beats to the abstractionists of the New York School, Mary Ann Caws surveys how artists and writers have eaten, cooked, and depicted food. She examines the parallels between the art of cuisine and the visual arts and literature, using artworks, diaries, novels, letters, and poems to illuminate the significance of particular ingredients and dishes in the lives of the world’s greatest artists. In between, she supplies numerous recipes from these artists—including Ezra Pound’s poetic eggs, Cézanne’s baked tomatoes, and Monet’s madeleines—alongside one hundred color illustrations and thought-provoking selections from both poetry and prose. A joyous and illuminating guide to the art of food, The Modern Art Cookbook is a feast for the mind as well as the palate.
“Who wouldn’t want to taste Allen Ginsberg’s borscht, Frida Kahlo’s red snapper, or Cézanne’s baked tomatoes? Mary Ann Caws—a phenomenal writer, critic, translator, and curator of cultivated pleasures—has assembled an intoxicating mélange of reminiscences, art works, poems, and recipes. This savory compendium offers imaginative satisfactions of the highest order. I can’t wait to bake David Hockney’s strawberry cake!”
Frederic Tuten, author of “Tintin in the New World” and “Van Gogh’s Bad Café”
“A masterful blend of scholarship, detective work and recipes by modern masters. This is a gem: wonderful to read and exciting in its prospect of cooking delicious meals created and eaten by great artists.”
“Mouthwatering. . . . Captivating images of works by Mary Cassat and Gustav Klimt are partnered with recipes used by Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo, amounting to the perfect gourmet tour through art history. Beyond artworks and recipes, the work also includes diary entries, poems, and bits of correspondence that illuminate art’s long love affair with food. You’ll not only learn to cook Monet’s madeleines but you’ll understand why Cezanne had a penchat for drawing potatoes. If visions of abstract paintings and juicy roasted vegetables are dancing in your head already, we don’t blame you.”
Art and Auction
“It’s the rare artist who doesn’t occasionally make the antics of the kitchen the subject of a work or two. But far from offering a dry review of that phenomenon or a delicious-looking but unfulfilling cocktail book of plates, Surrealism scholar Mary Ann Caws has assembled a collection of artists’ personal writings, from diary entries to poetry, to examine the connection between art and paintings in The Modern Art Cookbook.”
“The best thing about this beautifully packaged book is the lavish quantity of coloured plates: still lives and drawings, the odd photograph, some familiar, others not, all of them of food. . . . [Caws] has paired pictures and recipes in the most imaginative way. . . . A visual feast to salivate over.”
Introduction: Reading in the Kitchen
Bread and Cheese