A couple of things became quite clear on our Anthology team retreat. One, we like critiquing and admiring beautiful things: artwork, interiors, prose, photography, etc. And two, we love food: buying it, cooking it, talking about it—and eating it, of course. In every issue of the magazine, you will see our loves in various forms, oftentimes combined: the “Anatomy of Ice Cream” in Issue No. 7 is one of my favorite examples of our art-and-food pairings. We often try to mix recipes and illustrations or artwork in interesting ways, and after seeing this beautiful cookbook from Matt Wilkinson, I feel like I have a new ideal to aspire to. I’ve never seen such an unusual or artistic cookbook, and I am officially blow away.
The illustrations are by Stanislava Pinchuk, aka Miso, a remarkably talented 24-year-old artist who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. I was first introduced to Miso’s work through her exhibition Tokyo From Memory, which features intricate papercut depictions of beautiful flora and fauna, but at the time I was unaware that her talents extended to drawing and painting as well. In addition to Miso’s stunning illustrations, the cookbook features wonderful photography and graphics, and the recipes look delicious. In an era where you can instantly access innumerable recipes online, it’s books like these, and hopefully the inventive food features like those in Anthology, that will continue to bring the culinary and creatively curious back to print. You can purchase a copy of the cookbook here, and you can visit Miso’s site to see more of her artwork and other projects.