Edward Bawden at Christmas

Edward Bawden worked with London luxury provisions store Fortnum & Mason for a number years either side of World War II, designing many catalogues, menu cards, brochures and other ephemera.

Bawden's work for the store was captured in Mainstone Press' wonderful Entertaining À La Carte. Unfortunately this limited edition book sold out some time ago but copies can still be found online from time to time.

Here are a few seasonal images of Bawden's work for Fortnum & Mason.

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

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A Book for Cooks

Merrell very kindly sent me a copy of their recent publication A Book For Cooks.

Food writer and self-confessed bibliophile Leslie Geddes-Brown (who I had the pleasure of working with on Plants and Places) surveys 101 pioneering cookbooks, selected by her for their influence, their unusual recipes or simply for their beauty.

There's a brilliant selection of books cover a range of cuisines and dating from the seventeenth century to the present day - with each entry including a brief commentary on the book plus photographs of its cover and several inside pages.

Plenty of our own favourites feature - Colman Andrew's 'Catalan Cuisine', 'Plats Du Jour' by Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd (wonderfully illustrated by David Gentleman) and Ottolenghi's 'The Cookbook'.

But we've now got out eye on others - such as 'First Slice Your Cook Book' by Arabella Boxer.

The book features a cover and further illustrations by our friend Chloe Cheese - well known for her illustrative work and limited edition printmaking.

I'll also take this opportunity to mention the unsung hero of many of the books connected with St. Jude's, Nicola Bailey - the creative director at Merrell.

I've had the pleasure of working with Nicola on the design of Plants and Places, as did Chris Brown on his An Alphabet Of London and Mark Hearld did with his recently published Mark Hearld's Workbook.

In A Book For Cooks Nicola has done an amazing job at bringing together so many strong graphic book covers.

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Stoer Head Lighthouse

Although a previous blog about the coffee van on Cley beach might suggest otherwise, we don't base all our walks on the available catering but last week Leigh's bright blue van by the Stoer Head Lighthouse was a cheerful and welcoming sight.

The walk around the point isn't a long one but there are great clifftop views. Watching climbers scale the Old Man of Stoer is a bonus and the views from the trig point at the high point of the walk are incredible, whatever the weather. From the van, Leigh serves bacon rolls, venison burgers and pancakes. You can take your mug of tea and gaze out to sea watching the gulls wheel around the the cliffs below.


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The Food of Art

Our friends at Cortijada Los Gázquez in Andalucia are launching a new creative course this September.

The Food of Art is a creative course for those who enjoy creative activities around food such as food presentation, illustration and photography. As an eco-guest house the food is seasonal, fresh and local. 

Activities will include visiting the local markets and the jamon and embutidos emporiums to purchase the freshest and best looking products. Back at the kitchen/studio you'll consider their form and colour.

To find out more, visit the Cortijada Los Gázquez website.



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Jake Tilson

When Angie and I first met it was great to discover a shared passion for Jake Tilson's Atlas project.

Which made it even more of an honour when Jake agreed to contribute to our Random Spectacular publication which is in part inspired by the spirit of Atlas.

Later this year Quadrille will be publishing In At The Deep End, the follow up to the brilliant A Tale of Twelve Kitchens.

Bringing to mind the collections of material that Jake would create for Atlas, Creative Review have just blogged about the press pack for this latest book.

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Fox & Grapes

Christopher Brown recently created this linocut for Claude Bosi's Fox & Grapes pub on Wimbledon Common.

Our exhibition of Christopher Brown's prints opens at our gallery in Norfolk on Saturday 7th May 2011. If you'd like to receive an invitation to the opening and further details nearer the time, please sign up to our e-mail newsletter.

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Riess enamelware

This Christmas I received a beautiful powder blue milk pan made by Riess for Labour and Wait. It’s perfect for hot chocolates, morning porridge and the odd hot toddy.

Riess is a family run business that has been making a selection of kitchenware in the same hillside town in Austria, Ybbsitz, for over 200 years. Riess is now producing hydro-electic power from the stream that runs alongside the factory. The surplus electricity is then used to provide power to ten homes which are provided free of charge to the factory’s employees.

Each piece of cookware is produced and shaped from one single piece of steel in a series of pressing machines. The pots are given a black undercoat of enamel paint, (ground glass flakes), then given a coat of white before being hand sprayed with the traditional cream interior and finished with the chosen pastel exterior enamel shade. The pots are fired in a kiln after each layer of paint has been added. This quadruple firing and paint layering process helps to achieve their long lasting use and individual character and style. Available from Labour and Wait.

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