My Recipes, Illustrated

When I was in culinary school, I found the end of the day my mind was active but my body was exhausted. Back then I was still drawing on my iPad with 53’s Paper (I’ve since returned to actual paper and pens.) I would half-watch TV and draw the recipes I’d learned, Like the tarte

or old favorites like Ferrer Adria’s Carbonara

Or this one, from my Dad

Looking at these drawings from 2013, I can see my previous self struggling with questions of composition, form and type. But there is a life here in these raw sketches that charms (which I can only see now with time.) It’s good to draw even drawings that don’t live up to your expectations, as they teach you what’s possible and help you develop skill and style.

And also, they help you remember how to make delicious food.