Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cooking Without Words: Picture Cook


Some time ago I was sent this really unique cookbook to review. It was tucked away and the holidays happened, but then was pulled out and I began leafing through it again. As someone who loves books, and reads cookbooks as if they are novels, I'm really fascinated by this one by Katie Shelley.

What makes this book so unique is that there are no words in it. Everything is in drawn pictures, like you see on the front cover. As someone who works with special needs children and those with learning disabilities, I think this really could have a use for people who struggle with language-not just reading, per se, but understanding. The implications then, in a book with no words, is it may also be great for people for which English is a second language.

The recipes themselves are interesting; everything from snacks to meals, and more. I love the pages that say "Thoughts on..." and have a whole bunch of variations on something, like pizza or tacos. The food isn't completely simple, either. There's ingredients like arugula and goat cheese, artichoke hearts or sriracha. Usually, I'm the kind of cook who needs actual photos of the food to be intrigued, but this one has really caught my interest.

I admit, I haven't cooked from it yet. There are plans to, soon. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm interested in seeing if I can cook from the book, with no words and only pictures to guide me. It really is different from what I'm used to, but worth a shot.

Have you run across any interesting cookbooks lately?
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