Leave Me Alone With The Recipes

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 The sketchbook turned out to be an original, unpublished 1945 manuscript by Cipe Pineles, the first female art director at Condé Nast.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.*


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9 Comments on Leave Me Alone With The Recipes

  1. Tammy
    February 26, 2018 at 12:40 am (5 years ago)

    I want this cookbook! Absolutely love the graphics. An old fashioned testament to traditional Jewish cooking.

  2. David L.
    February 26, 2018 at 1:08 am (5 years ago)

    have really missed reading your posts!!!

    Love these illustrations.. thanks for sharing..

  3. Sarah
    February 26, 2018 at 3:34 am (5 years ago)

    I’m glad you’re back, and I look forward to hearing about your new projects!

    What a beautiful cookbook & tribute!

  4. Patsy
    February 26, 2018 at 7:44 am (5 years ago)

    It was great to learn about these authors and illustrators!

  5. michael beckerman
    February 26, 2018 at 5:11 pm (5 years ago)

    Where did you go?!?!?! I so missed your posts. Glad you are writing again, love love love your blog!

  6. Name*
    February 28, 2018 at 9:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Glad you’re back. Very fanciful and nostalgic illustrations. 🙂

  7. Janie Friend
    February 28, 2018 at 9:55 pm (5 years ago)

    Oops! That nameless one was me!!

  8. helene edelman
    March 2, 2018 at 4:24 am (5 years ago)

    Glad I did not get dropped off your list. I LOVE all the tidbits you share with us. And this cookbook is so “homey” with those great drawings and the clear pictures of the veggies. And that hand written feel makes it seem like my mother wrote it !!! Very nice.
    I love to follow all your projects………….you are so informative and creative. Thank you.

  9. Denise
    March 6, 2018 at 4:04 am (5 years ago)

    Another fascinating find by Julie.
    Thank you for sharing this, your posts always inspire.


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