Buen Provecho

Recipes hold a little bit of history within them. Every family has their own unique spin on common dishes, the instructions often secretly passed down generation after generation. Buen Provecho attempted to gather and celebrate these recipes. Students brought in one recipe from home - something that was especially delicious to them or was a special staple in their household. They wrote out and illustrated them with watercolors and inks, and took cameras home to document how their families came together around food - eating, cooking, shopping, etc. Part oral history, part cookbook.

Despite its educational and social merits, this project was a bit of a selfish endeavor for classroom teacher Iris DeJesus and I. Being serious foodies and cooks, we had dreamt of designing a residency around food for years. Big thanks to Cynthia Weiss for coming in to give a quick lesson in watercolor technique and to Mollie Katzen for her inspiring cookbooks and recipe illustrations.

I self-published Buen Provecho in Spring of 2011. Please follow the link below for a preview and purchasing info.

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