Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Do you trust, can you follow, are you drawn into a cookbook which does not have color photos of at least a few of the recipes?

Which is to ask -- in our minds do words exist without color, shape, even taste? Are there words which are not springboards to silence? Can such words create a poem? I’d like to hear from you; please email a comment. Thanks.

Returning to cooking, Mark Bittman has authored two brilliantly creative tomes, sans color illustration of any of the dishes. I taste and see every recipes as I thumb through:

How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food, Wiley Publishing, Inc,1998.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007.


  1. No blues this time after a drive
    like that
    Only to find a word or two
    recently posted and think it was meant
    for me
    How we want the sun to warn us off
    if the ship is about to hit a rock

    or if the shelf is empty

    I left my house and a warm bed

    for such a word as fortune

    She asks for nothing you can see
    but names the dreams in colors
    A clever diver through the reeds
    Could never hope to find her

    Oh well the storm keeps progressing
    Slick and cold in its ascension
    No blues for this fruit eater

    Before a drive like that

  2. oh yes, words by themselves often create or evoke the color or the picture. and the letters themselves often allow me to spin out into a different space. sometimes the presence of a picture or color or illustration is actually counter productive -- it limits expectations and i find that frustrating. but then again i am a b/w photog as well as writer and i think visually....