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The How Not to Cookbook: Lessons Learned the Hard Way Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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"For what is more a gallery installation than a cookbook, the artist Aleksandra Mir collected advice from home cooks around the world. Sample tidbit: “Do not cook when you are angry — your dishes will be furious too!" ~New York Times, "Best Culinary Cookbooks of 2010"

"In her memoir, My Life in France, Julia Child wrote, 'One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.' In the How Not to Cookbook, Aleksandra Mir has taken the 'grin and bear it' part to a whole new level.  Instead of a coffee table book, think of this as a kitchen counter book—something that you will dip into for solace and a few laughs the next time you burn the rice—or worse at your next dinner party." ~New York Journal of Books

"Some of the advice is rather ominous - don't fall off the ladder when you're picking cherries for Morello Jelly. Some of the advice is rather obvious - do not overcook anything! All of it is charming." ~Books for Cooks

"The 'Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen' show currently at the Museum of Modern Art is a scholarly take on domestic cookery site's evolution over the course of the 20th century, but it pointedly ignores one aspect of the contemporary kitchen — namely that it's often a place of stomach-turning, fire-belching embarrassment. Luckily, artist Aleksandra Mir has stepped in with a reminder that even the best-designed kitchen can't protect home chefs from catastrophic cuisine with her new book..." ~ArtInfo.com

"...reading it is fun and it could save a neophyte from self immolation and other inconveniences. It made me laugh. And even think." ~Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic.com

About the Author

Aleksandra Mir is an artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, ICA Philadelphia, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum, New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834990
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

See Authors web site for documentation of artwork, CV, calendar of shows and events + free downloads of her earliest artist books.

http://www.aleksandramir.info

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Everytime I buy this book, someone visiting me starts to read it. And then, it gets passed around as we read outloud. And then, I end up giving it to them. This book is hilarious. What makes it even better is knowing everything that is quoted happend to someone. Buy it for yourself. And buy an extra one for a present.
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Fun, informative and a lot of little information that can make a big difference. There are some advises that I don't necessarily agree with, but overall it is a nice book to keep on the coffee table and have fun reading and discussing with others
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Very informative and humorous book. Great for the 20 somethings in our family who are just getting started in the kitchen.
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