Just Add Ink: A Comic Cook Book

August 11, 2011

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Artists Ken Avidor and David Steinlicht are just two of the over 40 "culinary-minded cartoonists" included in Just Add Ink: A Comic Cook Book. (They both happen to be my friends so that's how I know about this book.)

If you enjoy comics and cooking you need to check out this fun book. I'm always excited to see a "theme" book where artists, whose styles vary widly, contribute. It's like getting a concentrated dose of vitamins because of the energy the pages contain.

This cleverly designed, wire bound book is divided into tabbed sections: Appetizers, Main Courses, Desserts, and Tips. You'll find political and social commentary along with the recipes. I'm still reading through my copy and haven't tried any of the recipes, but for me the book is a visual feast.

You might also want to check out the Cartoonist Conspiracy. Not only did they produce this book, but this group, founded in the Twin Cities, holds open jam meetings twice a month. (The first Thursday of the month it's at Diamond's Coffee in Minneapolis; the third Thursday of the month it's at Cahoots Coffee in St. Paul.) Once a month they hold a Saturday open studio at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Membership is open to all cartoonists—"Only the desire to produce comics is necessary for membership."

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