In my household we cook a lot, especially during the week. Keeping things interesting is always a challenge, along with doing our best to cook seasonally. So when I see a new cookbook, I’m always interested. Hato Press has released their third edition of their Studio Cookbook series, inviting collaborators, friends and creators we admire to share a dish they enjoy as part of their working day.
“The featured recipes are influenced by taste, team and resources – think: minimal cooking equipment, make-do utensils and dwindling energy. There are sweet treats, speedy reheats and communal stews cooked over open fires. Dishes made on deadline, for recovery from a long day, or to share with friends, inspiring collaboration. We feature two conceptual cocktails and one mug of boiled water.”
I’m sold. There are 37 recipes in all, organized by Snacks, Mains, Sweets and Drinks. I’m so curious to try “The Pin” (photo below) which appears to be a cocktail with pear and lime and something sparkling, all pulled together with a giant nail.
In 2013, Terranova started out as a production company, but its focus shifted to publishing when photographer Rafa Castells approached Terranova founder Luis Cerveró for assistance in releasing his debut book, Schlecker. Over the course of eight years and the creation of more than forty books, Cerveró made the decision to collaborate with “bouquiniste” Lucía Boned, transforming Terranova into a bookshop and gallery while continuing their publishing endeavors.
Following extensive restoration efforts, Terranova unveiled its new premises in Barcelona’s Sant Antoni neighborhood in the autumn of 2021, situated within a refurbished 19th-century modernist shoe shop. Their main gola is to offer the city a diverse range of books that are often challenging to find elsewhere, including international art publications, vintage rarities, and self-published fanzines. I’m taking a trip to visit on Saturday, I’m so excited. I love books so much (we shipped so many over here with us) and along with cologne, is my other biggest weakness.
We all need a bit of peace these days, and it seems like the folks at Hong Kong publisher viction:ary might be feeling the same way. One of their more recent releases is a book titled Life Stills, Art and Illustrations Inspired by Serenity, featuring artists and illustrators showing how their perspective on disconnecting and liesure time.
“Despite being told that life is short and that we should enjoy it, it has become increasingly hard for modern people to find a moment of peace amid the restless hubbub of the modern world. Nevertheless, there is still happiness to be found in even the smallest things — from a fresh breeze in the morning to a warm cup of coffee in the afternoon, or just a beautiful sunset.
LIFE STILLS invites readers to submerge themselves in the tranquil illustrations within, and never hold back from romanticising even the tiniest silver lining in life.”
There are few design studios who’s work can touch the sheer scale and boundless creativity of M/M (Paris). Founded in 1992 by Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, they’ve continuously pushed the boundaries of creativity, not settling for any trends, and who look at the written word as a playground for innovation.
Their newest book, Letters from M/M (Paris), is a comprehensive study of the studios typefaces, cataloguing ninety typefaces in three volumes, showcasing their development, specimens, and project illustrations. Written by Paul McNeil, a typography expert, and with a foreword by Björk, this encyclopedic publication explores the role of type in M/M’s work across art, fashion, music, and theater. If you need some inspiration this book is sure to spark something in your mind.
A new offering from Counter-Print popped into my inbox and it is right up my alley. It’s called Optic, which takes a look at the field of Op Art, surveying optical effects in graphic design and to help distinguish their various forms.
In ‘Optic,’ we delve into the mesmerizing realm of optical illusions, highlighting their impact on graphic design. The book is divided into sections such as Periodic Structures, Interrupted Systems, Relief, Impossible Objects, Diffusion, Illusory Contours, Figure-ground, Proximity and Isometric Illusion. Each section showcases the unique forms and techniques employed by talented designers to create breathtaking visual experiences.
Run by childhood-friend duo Iré Hassan-Odukale and chef Jeremy Chan, Ikoyi has been named as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants due to an inventive menu that is inspired by the spices of Sub-Saharan West Africa. Keeping their momentum going is a cookbook published by Phaidon, Ikoyi: A Journey Through Bold Heat with Recipes, which tells the story and journey of Chan and Ikoyi, with 80 recipes that Chan has carefully developed.