By this point I am sure you have all gathered how much affection I have for food. Whether it be dining out or cooking in, I am in love with the feeling and flavors that food can produce. Peopleexperience food, its not just for sustenance and energy any more, but for pleasure. Food brings people together and provides joy to their lives.
Todd Selby, a rather acclaimed portrait, interior, fashion, and journalistic photographer and illustrator, started the Edible Selby project with the idea of capturing some of the most inspiring and dynamic figures in the culinary world today. He released The Selby is in Your Place in May of 2010, a book featuring various inspiring homes and locations from virtually everywhere and the idea was so catching that he recently released Edible Selby as a book, a collaborative effort between the NYTimes, T Magazine and himself, to highlight food from fabulous places.
The book features beautiful photographs, watercolors, hand drawn interviews and a unique recipe to each restaurant that Todd tours. His eye is flawless and the photos carry something intangibly vivid. It is as though he some how captured a piece of these incredible locations, from around the world, and brought them into your home with the delicate click of a button.
Drew and I were gifted a copy of this wonderful book as a wedding present. Sadly it stayed packed away until our most recent move was completed and we started to get settled. I stumbled across it as I was unpacking, cracked it open and was immediately hooked. The story and imagery kept me turning page after page, falling more and more in love with the playful illustration and deliciously decadent dishes gracing the stiff glossy paper.
One of my guilty pleasures just so happens to be leafing through cook books of all shapes, sizes and food genras. I am drawn to them at the book store and, with every intention of purchasing them, I flip through their pages endlessly, wanting them all; only then realizing with dismay that my longing is useless and I should place them back on the shelf for a patron who will get more use form their recipes and dreamy confections. I wish I used cookbooks and recipe cards, it would certainly make remembering certain dishes much easier, but I instead rely on memory, make believe, and the internet.
Edible Selby however, gave me more then a normal cookbook, it gave me history and story to be drawn to, not just instructions for preparing a complicated dish (I still probably won’t make any of the recipes, but I would like to say that I will…a girl can dream). So not only is it a reference point and inspirational tool for the kitchen, it is also a lovely coffee table book and conversation piece.
Next time you are out at the store, look for this colorful, extraordinary book and leaf through its pages. I hope it will inspire you, like it has inspired me, to get in the kitchen and concoct some delicious dishes to share with those you love most.