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‘Never Cry While You Cook’: the Art of Dorothy Iannone’s Recipe Book

A new book publishes the prominent feminist artist’s recipes for Sauce Madeira, gazpacho and beef wellington

Dorothy Iannone’s A Cookbook was created in 1969 and features hand-written recipes and patterned drawings in her idiosyncratic style. As well as recipes, the book contains personal reflections. ‘I’ve got the papers and we can get married now. I don’t think I want to anymore’ accompanies a recipe for Sauce Madeira; instructions for preparing gazpacho note that ‘At least one can turn pain to colour’; while lentil soup appears with the thought, ‘Dorothy’s spirit is like this: green and yellow’. A new edition of the artist’s cookbook, published by JRP|Editions, has just been released.

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

‘This is a cookbook’, the book begins. ‘Please read the remarks. This book was started as a collection of mostly favourite but also a few useful (what to do with whiting) recipes for when one who hadn’t a natural sense of cookery was on the road’.

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

‘Never cry while you cook’, Iannone advises.

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Specially recommended recipes include tarragon spaghetti, moussaka, beef wellington, zuppa inglese and chicken and liver paté.

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

‘Electric stoves are no damn good’, Iannone warns.

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

‘It’s embarrassing to say one is a Leo’ the artist confesses.

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

‘I’m beginning to feel a tiny bit better’, one note reads.

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

Dorothy Iannone, A Cookbook, 1969/2019, book pages. Courtesy: the artist and Air de Paris

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