Sunday, April 29, 2018

Leave me alone with the recipes

Leave me alone with the recipes: the life, art and cookbook of Cipe Pineles / edited by Sarah Rich et al.

Who is Cipe Pineles?  A glass ceiling shattering artist and graphic designer who worked as the first female art director at several magazines including Seventeen, Charm, and Mademoiselle . She was the first female member of the Art Director's Club of New York in 1943 and was the first woman inducted into its Hall of Fame.  This book is based on the discovery of a sketchbook of recipes that Pineles had started based on her mother's Eastern European Jewish heritage.  The recipes are hand written and illustrated and feature her mother as a steel-haired grandmotherly woman on several pages.  The discovery of this manuscript prompted the editors to learn more about Cipe and to update the recipes for more modern cooking methods and ingredients.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the fascinating woman and also liked the history behind the food.

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