Cooking with Pictures

Cooking With Pictures

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In my experience, there are two types of home cooks: those that fanatically and meticulously follow every instruction attached to a specific recipe and those that briefly glance at the recipe and use their innate sense of taste to guide them through the rest of the cooking process. I am, sadly, an anally retentive type who follows most recipes to the letter; however, Katie Shelly’s latest project, Picture Cook, may just free me from the shackles of my self-imposed control mania.

Each recipe, which is accompanied by one of Shelly’s lovely and detailed illustrations, is designed to “inspire experimentation, improvisation and play in the kitchen.” To this end, Shelly uses her imagery to communicate the directions for each dish and provides the cook with the flexibility to determine how much of each ingredient they will use. Something tells me that sweet potato fries will be on the dinner menu at my place tonight.


5 Comments Cooking with Pictures

  1. Jantien February 1, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    I’m a freestyle home cook myself – and I love these flowchart-type cook blogs. Another one worth checking out:

  2. Shamona February 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Wonderful concept. Wait. I’m confused. Do you season the potatoes before or after they bake? Oh no.

  3. Danica van de VeldeDanica van de Velde February 4, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    @ Shamona I think it’s safe to say before…at least I hope that’s right :)

  4. katie shelly February 12, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    season before baking!

    I had hoped the arrows would make it clear. how do you think I could improve the diagram so it’s easier to understand?

    thank you for the feedback!

  5. cat February 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    this is how i normally record recipes in a book i am slowly filling up. it is easier to remember the ingredients and steps this way, and also more fun to look at. cool to see i am not the only one using this method!

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