I love cooking, yes, it’s true. I don’t rock the wooden spoon as often, but I like to try some new dishes. Sometimes – like yesterday – I experiment with vegetables and spices. And now I have to tell the truth, it was really disgusting. It’s better for me and my friends to use a recipe from my mom or a friend. A few weeks ago I presented a book called “Die Welt im Löffel”. It was published by a museum in Germany. Today I will introduce you in a cookbook edited by Studio Olafur Eliasson.
Cooking is caring for others. (Olafur Eliasson)
Some of you know, Olafur Eliasson is one of my favourite artist. There was no doubt that I had to have this artbook. What do you think? Is this a normal cookery book? No, sure, it isn’t. It’s part of Olafur Eliassons philosophy. Cooking and eating is part of “social relations and translates thoughts into food, into giving and sharing”. This means vegetables have saved sunlight and we eat the energy of the sun. (This explanation is really very short, and it doesn’t refelect the whole philosophy!) “The Kitchen” explains the connection between humans, food and the sun.
At the moment 90 people work at the Studio. It wasn’t possible for one team member to cook for them all. They recognised they needed someone special: 2005 Asako Iwama & Lauren Maurer joined the team and started cooking for all of them. Today the kitchen team consists of Lauren Maurer, Christine Bopp, Nora Wulff and Montse Torredà. The book reflects how they work and eat and gives impressions of the kitchen.
“The Kitchen” is subdivided into seven chapters: Studio, Body, Plants, Seeds, Microorganisms, DNA, Minerals and Universe. Every chapter has its own special recipes and photographies of the meals and the studio. The serves are always for six or sixty people! Whether you have a small dinner or a big party, it’s the perfect book. One of my favourite recipes is “Lemon pasta” by Christina Kim. I think this isn’t too complicated, so you should definitely give it a try!
#artbook | The Kitchen
#author | Studio Olafur Eliasson
#language | German/English/French
#publisher | Knesebeck (German), Phaidon (English, French)
#ISBN | 978-3-86873-959-6, 978-071487-111-0, 978-0714872360
#pages | 368
#published | 2016