The Best Artsy Cooksy Book Around!


A couple of months ago, I saw this recipe book over at Design Mom.  They Draw and Cook, both blog and recipe book, compiles artist-illustrated recipes from around the world.

Artistic cookbook

I quickly zipped over to check out the They Draw and Cook blog.  It is so, so, so cool! Then I bought two cookbooks.  Immediately. One was for myself, and the other was for someone else, anyone else, because I knew that this was going to be HOT.

Just a couple of days later, I received an ever thrilling brown box from UPS.  Inside were two cookbooks.  I hunkered down on my couch and was mesmerized. Page after page of drool-worthy art drew me in first, but the recipes are just as captivating!

They Draw and Cook

My daughter joined me for a while, and later, came back with this:

They Draw and CookShe went on to create food drawings for an ice cream shop, a taco stand, a bento box lunch business, a baked potato bar….  Basically, They Draw and Cook is quite inspiring!

Here are a couple more peeks inside:

They Draw and CookThey Draw and CookThey Draw and CookIllustrated RecipesThey Draw and CookThey Draw and Cook Recipe BookWhen I was wrapping the second They Draw and Cook to give away to a friend, I happened to flip through again, and read (for the first time) the profiles of the Salli Swindell and Nate Padavik.  Imagine my surprise when I found that Salli Swindell lives in the same small town that I do!  I’m hoping that I’ll run into her someday at the market, so I can hug her, tell her how much I love this book, and ask her for an interview. 🙂

If you’re interested in having this cookbook for yourself, you can order They Draw and Cook from the website.  There are also wonderful prints of some of the artwork, as well as other fun arsty-gifty-cooksy kinds of things.


20 thoughts on “The Best Artsy Cooksy Book Around!

    • Aww… just play hookey! Well, I guess you probably should work. Luckily, the blog will be waiting for you when you get home! I’m planning to cook from it this week – maybe you’ll get a sample! 🙂
      – H

  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE THIS! I might buy two as well but I think I’d want the second to cut out the pictures and hang them on my wall. I love your daughter’s drawing, that’s fantastic! Thank you for sharing this, I’m going to Amazon to see if I can find it. Too cool!
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  2. Aww, shucks, thanks Heidi!! You’re super sweet. Salli hosted a book signing at the Learned Owl a couple months ago, sorry you missed it. I’m sure you’ll run into her at the Grey Colt someday soon – it’s her home away from home!

    • Darn it! I’m sorry I missed it too. That’s what I get for not keeping up with The Hub. And thanks for the tip about the Grey Colt! 🙂

      Again – it’s so wonderful that you two have brought together all this beauty and yumminess in one place!

      Take care!

    • 🙂 Sandra, thanks for the compliment. It really is so fun to discover new (to me) creative work, and even more fun to share it with others! So glad you like the Cookbook. My kids and I were just deciding what to make from it this morning. MANY good options!

  3. heidi, i love this. i would like it just for the kid inspiration factor. your daughter’s spontaneous work is what learning is about. maybe i’ll buy one for my classroom, too. i bet the kids would love it.
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    • I really think your kids would like this. My kids just sit down with it and go through for a variety of reasons… one really likes humor (and there are plenty of funny comic style recipes), another likes paintings, another likes cooking….

      They all like trying to decipher the visual cues in the recipes. Very fun.

  4. This looks just wonderful! Art and food are two things that definitely belong together :). I’m not a very gifted cook, but I like to look through beautifully made cook books. And how wonderful that it inspired your daughter to make her own art recipes! That “bacon egg and toast cups” looks really great – and the kind of thing I might be able to cook! 🙂
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    • If you aren’t a good cook, you certainly make up for it by painting beautiful fruits! Maybe you could submit an illustration to the They Draw and Cook blog…. 🙂 (And by the way, the egg cups are very simple, and you can put a variety of yummy ingredients inside them.)

  5. Oh WOW! That’s a gorgeous cookbook! You’ll have to come back and tell us some of your favorite recipes. I just love it that your daughter was so inspired too. Cold beetroot soup is one of my faves…
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    • Lauren, I’ve been thinking that an update with some recipe reviews will be in order. My son is extremely focused on my making “Palt”, described as a “grey gooey mass of Sweedish goodness”. I’m sure a Palt review would be a huge hit. 🙂
      – H

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