5 Creative Cookbooks by Artists

When producing Make Bake Cook Book – our newly released cookbook featuring the recipes of 25 contemporary artists – we were inspired by the growing trend of artists exploring food as a subject matter within their creative practices.

Below is a list of 5 more creative cookbooks initiated by artists we recommend!

1. Studio olafur eliasson: The Kitchen

A cookbook with over 100 vegetarian recipes for the home cook from the studio kitchen of world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.

Discover the act of cooking and eating in a creative environment with Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen.

Featuring over 100 vegetarian recipes cooked at Olafur Eliasson’s studio kitchen, these recipes have served as nourishment and source of creative inspiration and communal discussion every day for his staff, artists, and guest collaborators, including René Redzepi and Alice Waters.

2. The Food, the bad & the ugly

Arguably the most useless cookbook ever written.

In celebration of their fifteen years in existence, The Domestic Godless have finally published a book: The Food, The Bad & The Ugly.

The Domestic Godless were founded by artists Stephen Brandes and Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy under the Cork Artist’s Collective banner at the exhibition Artists/Groups at The Project Arts Centre, Dublin in 2003.

Since then, it has been our mission to explore the potential of food (its taste, its presentation, its history and its cultural values) as a vehicle for irreverent artistic endeavour and experimentation. Through recipes, installations and public presentations we employ food as both a concept and a medium through which to convey humour, empathy and other qualities that distinguish art from purely craft.

3. artists’ cookbook

Artists’ Cookbook by artist and curator Rudy Kanhye, explores the cultural contexts and rituals surrounding cooking and eating. Whether dining alone, with friends, or in the vicinity of strangers, the act of eating represents a marker of performed identities.

4. the artists’ cookbook

In its 150th Anniversary year the Royal College of Art presents a rich and varied collection of recipes contributed and illustrated by distinguished artists all of whom enjoy a past or present association with the College.

The book features a short text by Henry Moore extolling the English cooking of his mother and of his wife; and Moore’s recipe for lamb stew decorated with three Sheep illustrations.

5. the futurist cookbook

Part manifesto, part artistic joke, Fillippo Marinetti’s Futurist Cookbook is a provocative work about art disguised as an easy-to-read cookbook. Here are recipes for ice cream on the moon; candied atmospheric electricities; nocturnal love feasts; sculpted meats. Marinetti also sets out his argument for abolishing pasta as ill-suited to modernity, and advocates a style of cuisine that will increase creativity. Although at times betraying its author’s nationalistic sympathies, The Futurist Cookbook is funny, provocative, whimsical, disdainful of sluggish traditions and delighted by the velocity and promise of modernity.

If you enjoyed this list, check us out on Bookshop.org where you can find more of our recommendations including our Books on Food List compiled by the Make Bake Cook Book contributors.

Our own cookbook, Make Bake Cook Book, compiles a fantastic array of creative responses from 25 artists based in Scotland, tasked with sharing a sense of the artwork they make, the food they like to cook and bake, while detailing their interests in both food and art.

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