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About the Author

Nate Padavick (North Adams, MA) and Salli Swindell (Hudson, OH) are a brother/sister design team also known as Studio SSS. They founded the blog They Draw and Cook, conceived of as a place for anyone with a passion for art and cooking to show their love of both by bringing their favorite recipes to life through illustration. Salli lives in Hudson, OH and Nate lives in North Adams, MA, but even though they live in different cities they still easily manage their business together through daily bouts of over-caffeinated video chatting and barrages of goofy emails. "Having fun" is the driving factor behind much of the work they do, which is how They Draw and Cook got started in the first place!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616281383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616281380
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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In February 2010, Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell started a blog called They Draw & Cook for people to share their illustrated cooking recipes. They have since collected over hundreds of them and this book features 107. Wow! That will take a a while to cook all of them.

Each artist featured has their own unique style and it's delightful to look through all of them. The illustrations are beautiful, fun and sometimes humourous. You can't be sure who's cooking. It could be a 16-arm chef for one recipe, and the next might be a rabbit and raccoon teaming up to dish out something. Or even the ingredients themselves, they might look too cute to be cooked.

Some of the recipe titles are pretty fun too. Chicken in Love, Starving Artist Goo-lash, Top Model Salad.

They are lots of illustrative stuff to check out. Many are created in traditional medium for the extra textural appearance.

If you're in the mood for some cooking, get this book and give it a go.

Check out more artworks and recipes at They Draw & Cook website or their Twitter page, or even submit your own.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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They Draw and Eat is one of those books I bought because someone I know has an entry in it, and I wanted to encourage her efforts. It came today and is LOVELY! It's deliciously thick and well constructed with great drawings throughout. It's colorful and enticing! Wonderful gift for lovers of food, art, or ethnic diversity.
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this book is outrageous-beautiful-wonderful.
I bought 3 copies last week and friends are fighting over them- so it looks like I will have to buy a few more for Christmas presents!
The illustrations are gorgeous, the recipes are fantastic--- it's a total homerun.
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If you like food or art, dip into this yummy book. There're 107 recipes, all beautifully illustrated by artists from around the world. Need breakfast? How about madeleines? Looking for a more filling meal? Try the black bean chicken soup or pan-fried fish with lemon caper sauce. Prefer vegetarian? There's the colcannon - it's fat-free too. All the better to finish it all off with a rich chocolate crepe or (and??) coconut macaroons.

They Draw and Cook is a fun, colorful and creative cook book, the first spawn of the marvellous blog of the same name which is now home to several thousand recipes contributed by a variety of people. Not all are professional artists, some are folks who just love to eat or draw. The recipes featured in the book are not new, but they are still a yummy feast for the eyes. It's just too bad the book is such a lean sampling of the blog's offerings! I don't envy Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell (the brother-and-sister design team who created the blog) the tough job they must have had whittling down the list of recipes to include in the publication. If you're unhappy just skimming the surface, go over to the blog to indulge yourself.

The final selection includes recipes that should please most palates, satisfy sweet cravings, feed regular daily needs as well as cater to special occasions. The book includes everything from dips and snacks to main courses, desserts and cocktails. The foods offered for your viewing and cooking pleasures originate from all over the world, so unless you hate to experiment, They Draw and Cook is a delicious resource for different cuisines. The recipes lean towards the visual - the art is often the dominant element but the recipes are for the most part simple to follow. Another tasty thing about this collection is the range of artistic styles: there's pretty, there's stylish, there's cartoonish and there's cute. Overall, it's stuffed full of gorgeousness.

One to keep and gift.
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I decided to buy the book almost immediately after coming across excerpts on a popular blog, since all the recipes I could see were crisply drawn and helpfully described. The book in its entirety, however, fails to meet the same standard. Most recipe illustrations in the book were hand-drawn and scanned, and some of them suffer from sub-par image quality due either to poor originals to begin with or loss of quality during transfer. Even among the pages that were satisfactorily scanned, many of them don't really make sense and cannot really be considered a recipe but rather a lazy list of ingredients. That said, many other recipes in the book, including the ones I originally saw online, are very pleasing to look at and informative enough that I can actually make food based on the instructions. I'm guessing that since the book's a compendium from various artists, the variation in quality is inevitable. However, I expected more of the excellent excerpted recipes that hooked me in the minute I saw them, and that's unfortunately not the case.
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The website is great, but it's so awesome to have all of these works of art in person to pour over and over! Amazing - What a great gift this book will make - but gift yourself first. All the different styles of art, it really is an inspiration to me first as an artist but also as a chef. I love the design of the book - the size, the extra thick covers and I love how it opens up and each art/recipe spread out across both pages.
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By Lucia on October 10, 2011
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I stumbled on this great book for the first time at BrainPickings.com and after discovering more about the project and seeing a great design of the web page I was totally convinced to purchase this great work of art.
I really do appreciate the attitude: combination of art, cookery passion and writing style. I do recommend to all foodies, art and fun lovers. As we all know that cooking is art and vice versa.
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