“As cooks, we must first taste a dish in our imaginations, see it on the table, share it with guests – sometimes more fanciful than real – and then actually reproduce it from a text.
A longing for the pleasures of the table reflects a concern for balance and harmony and an integration of the physical and spiritual nature of our existence.
In this way, cookbooks are a meditation. Preparing a dish or a meal is not merely an effort to satisfy physical hunger but often a quest for the good life.”
Janet Theophano –
Eat My Words: Reading Women’s Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote
The design and innovations agency, Korefe, created this edible cookbook for a publishing house.
It consists of layered sheets of pasta so the “pages” can be used as layers for lasagna.
And to think that I find making lasagna difficult enough– without adding words to the top of it! Interesting. Also, agree with the idea that preparing food is more than nourishing the body, it is intentionally connecting the body to the soul. I must remember that more often.
The great thing about this book is that you have the recipe right in front of you as you prepare- until you cover it with tomato sauce!
That is so super awesome I am almost speechless…and my mouth is watering…
It does look delicious, doesn’t it?
That is a real Pate Feuilletee….. A lot of fun!
Yes! I almost wish one could buy it!
I have never heard of this and I think it is great! Now someone need to do the same for the other great books that are out there. I can imagine eating a pot pie with my favorite book’s cover as the topping! Letizia. You always make me smile and think of the possibilities after reading your post!
What a good idea, Dannie! Apple pie with a classic American novel cover, say.
and thanks for the tweet!
I’d love to devour that book right about now – it looks like a good one! 🙂 I’ve never heard of anything like this, but now it makes me wonder why it’s not done more often. There are so many words we could be eating!
All the words we could be eating, I love that!
This is remarkable!!!!
They must had have so much fun making it too, right?
Thanks for the tweets!
I want my next book published on pasta.
You could only read/eat it once, but how memorable!
Wow! Just wow! Or maybe, Yum! I want a bite of that so bad, I can taste it. 😀
And wouldn’t it be fun to see what words and phrases you got when you were served a slice? I wonder how well you would be able to read the end results. Yum, yum, indeed!
Oops, I just realized I forgot to comment on your post. I scurried over to Twitter to share it and forgot to come back! But what a cool idea this is. And who doesn’t love a good lasagna? 🙂
Lasagna and a book, a great combination, right?
p.s. I love the word “scurry” and so rarely get a chance to use it; great use of it!
Must be my Frasier Crane talking. 😉
Love the quote…. reading recipe books ( especially Nigella lawson’s ones), is one of my great pleasures, as well as meditatively cooking…. creativity and cooking go hand in hand for some of us ! especially when reading a lasagne book !!!
Cooking can truly be a meditative experience at times. If Lawson’s writing is as engaging as her television shows, it must be a wonderful read!
It was her writing that made her reputation before she became a celebrity chef
Interesting to know!
You literally meant it, dear Letizia… I love it!.
Best wishes and happy weekend ahead. Aquileana 😀
Isn’t the idea of eating something we love strange? “I devoured that book” “That baby is so cute, I could just eat him up.” Buen fin de semana!
Yes, absolutely…. A sort of cannibal atavism maybe… Excelente fin de semana! Aquileana 😀
That is amazing, I am usually hungry for books and devour them but to do so literally would be awesome and probably make me a true bibliophile. Having a recipe to use and then eat the instructions is a great idea and saves the trees as well which is awesome.
Cooking is awesome, I need to get more creative in the kitchen but I keep being distracted by books and things, however if you’ve got the oven on, I’ll bring a bottle!
Good point, there’s something very environmentally friendly about a book you can then eat. I’ll have to get my hands on this lasagna book and then have all of you over for dinner!
Excellent, I’ll bring a book of wine that you dissolve over heat…or something real!
What might the same agency be asked to make a crime novel out of?
What a great, and frightening, question!
Tasty! Makes me think of reading MKF Fisher again 🙂
MKF Fisher, yes! Delicious in her own way.
What?! That’s crazy awesome. Okay, I have to ask…where do you find these things, doll? You always show us the most intriguing books.
When I’m at work, my dog scours the Internet for hours for book related items which she then bookmarks for me on the computer. I owe it all to her!
That’s great Letizia, a whole new meaning to a cook book 🙂
A once in a lifetime experience, right? There’s something special about the fact that you can only read the book once.
Letizia now that is some cool cook book to consume and enjoy. Love the stuff you find, as always you have such a quirky sense of fun with your posts.
I was delighted to stumble upon this one. I’m sure the design team had a lot of fun coming up with it.
Wow, that looks amazing. xD Though I know what would make it better… if it were a book made of chocolate maybe. 😉
I knew you would say that, haha! A chocolate layered cake with the words written in icing perhaps!
Now I know the secret ingredient to cooking and books–it’s more than the elements thrown together, but the beauty of the care. Thanks for another great post, Letizia.
It’s all about pleasure and harmony. My grandmother said it was important to set the table well even if you were only eating alone. Hope you had a good weekend, Liesa.
This is a truly awesomeness! Of those who created that yummy cookbook and you who have found and shared it with us.
Yum, yum, I agree!
Now, that’s just the coolest thing I’ve seen all day. I thought it looked like dough at first, until I saw the food added in, and realized it was pasta! Thanks for sharing! Now, where’s my fork?
Dig in, Kate!
That is such an incredible idea! It would make a spectacular presentation for a simple dish like lasagna. How fun would it be if they did this for widely read and treasured books — we could all serve up lasagna copies of our favourite novels for dinner then!
I agree, Celine; it would be so great for so many books. People could serve it at their book club events even.
This is brilliant! Thank you for showing it to us. It’s the ultimate cookbook alright 🙂 Hugs as your comment about my book made my day all the most brighter!
Maybe your next book of poetry will be edible 😉
If so it’ll never hit the bookstands because I’ll be eating it before it’s fully written hehe 😀
Haha, not editing but eat-iting 🙂
I’m munching on this post again today 😉 It’s a delicious read!
Bon appetit, Christy! Hope you’ve been well 🙂
Hehe 😉 Yum yum! Yes, I’m well, thanks, busy with writing and enjoying some walks in the sun (with lots of sunscreen on!). How have you been?
Writing and walking go so well together (walking is a great way to get ideas). I’ve been ok, thanks. Busy with my young doggie who is oh-so-full of energy hehe!
Sorry to come slightly late to the party on this one. Isn’t it amazing what books inspire! I love reading cookery books. Like you, I think, I love reading anything really – I saw a road sign the other day which simply said ‘This sign has moved’ – go figure!! 🙂
Oh I love that. What a strange, fascinating sign!
Wow. I love this post. On next Sunday we will eat Lasagna, but I am sure that my wife makes is much simpler. 🙂
Maybe she can write something on the top with cheese or tomato sauce, haha!
What a clever idea!