I’ve missed sharing with you all the Jewish things I love.
I’ve been busy working on some of my own projects that I’ll be ready to tell you about soon. In the meantime, there’s so much good stuff; I couldn’t stay away for long. And though I can’t keep up with Florence & Isabelle on a weekly basis anymore, I’ll still be blogging occasionally, and a bit more informally.
Today, I’m bringing you one of my favorite new cookbooks; Leave Me Alone With The Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles.
While browsing at an antiquarian book fair, author Sarah Rich and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton spotted an old sketchbook filled with gorgeous hand lettering and rich gouache paintings. The sketchbook turned out to be an original, unpublished 1945 manuscript by Cipe Pineles, the first female art director at Condé Nast. Cipe was one of the most influential graphic designers of the twentieth century, whose impact lives on in the work of Maira Kalman, Julia Rothman, and many others.
A Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe, Cipe’s book was a beautiful hand-painted homage to her family’s food and culture.
For Rich and MacNaughton, this was a talisman of a woman they had not known was their idol: a strong, independent spirit whose rich archive–of drawings, recipes, diaries, and letters to family and friends–led them into a dazzling history of mid-century design, art, food, New York City society, and culture. They teamed up with writer Maria Popova and artist Debbie Millman to give this hidden figure in American design, food, and art the spotlight she deserves.
Part biography, part cookbook, part monograph, Leave Me Alone With The Recipes celebrates a groundbreaking female designer and delivers, at long last, the credit she is due.
*All illustrations courtesy of Leave Me Alone with the Recipes by Cipe Pineles, edited by Sarah Rich and Wendy MacNaughton with Debbie Millman and Maria Popova.*