Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Looking and Cooking With Saveur's Recipe Comix

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 5:56 AM

Fun pictures, light tone, lack of ingredient lists: If you could blow up the "cookbook" box to build a better one, comics would be a pretty good place to start.

Earlier this summer, Saveur online asked several comic artists to draw a recipe, calling the results Recipe Comix. Though reading and cooking go hand in hand, there are plenty of cooks who aren't readers. And since it's easier to learn by watching than reading, comics are a natural.

Take this one, from Ryan North (Dinocomix). You think it's going to be your basic ground beef and bean chili, but there are also chick peas and pickled cactus paddles.

The series includes useful recipes like a gingery cocktail, ice cream, cold noodle salad. No technique is too basic — one cartoonist tackled boiled eggs, another, potato wedges. For your amusement, artist Ali Kenifick tackled a Heston Blumenthal recipe (but not, thanks be, his snail porridge).

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