Plus: Introducing SPN Design Editor Frances Baca!!!!
Welcome, Frances! Love your first name!
Absolutely love when Frances writes for SPN! I always learn something, especially as a photographer aspiring to do a cookbook sometime soon. Cheers!
Yes, Welcome to Frances! And this week’s newsletter has given me a new life goal: “tips for planting a cocktail garden,” ooooh yeah! (Too bad I live in a Brooklyn apartment.) 🙃
🥳 So thrilled to have some regular design talk -- and such beautiful talk -- from Frances. Design is such an essential aspect of cookbooks and can't wait to read Frances highlighting all that is wonderful (and maybe hidden from many readers) about it.
The discussion of the mushroom book is so fine-tuned. And it's amazing that they got a title-less front cover through the sales/marketing channels. Once it's in your kitchen, title on the spine is all you need. Let's start a trend!
p.s. I was leafing through Baking Yesteryear at the bookstore over the weekend and couldn't help but think -- is this book about cooking/food/recipes or about the author??? He is in EVERY PHOTO. No shade -- just noticing . . .
I appreciate Frances' take on the Mushroom book. It's the first time I understand the point of a paper band (I always feel a little guilty tossing them but get it now that it's really just a POS gimmick). I usually don't like matte paper but agree that it works in this instance. Beyond design, I think there's an interesting discussion to be had about cookbooks authored by photographers and stylists.
Welcome Frances! Great piece on that mushroom cookbook!
Welcome, Frances! Great to have you here. ☺️
The Eater article on non-vegetarian vegetable books is missing Sarah Grueneberg's Listen to Your Vegetables, which is straight up incredible. I make specific mention of it because it is a book that seems to get a lot less credit than it deserves.