Food culture has gained a lot of attention and momentum recently; food, in the grocery store, in restaurants, and even in our lunch boxes (or pails, or bento boxes…) is being recognized not simply for its taste, but also for its visual qualities.
These aesthetic leanings have origins beyond blogs, and beyond,even, our beloved cooking superstars on television. PPL’s Special Collections contain a number of cookbooks, each capturing the beauty and the fun of food in the margins.
The Italian Confectioner, by Guglielmo A Jarrin, 1831:
The ABC Chafing Dish Cookery, printed by The Peter Pauper Press, with decorations by Ruth McCrea, 1956:
The Cookout Book, by Helen Evans Brown & Philip S. Brown, with photography by George De Gennaro, and illustrations by Harry O. Diamond, 1961: