- “This tasty title is well worth dipping (your soldiers) into.”
- “[A] gorgeous, frothy offering from food-culture journal The Gourmand.”
- “…entertainingly explores the cultural and culinary history of the egg, with spectacular imagery and essential recipes.”
- “As this lavishly ovophilic work demonstrates, eggs are loaded with symbolic and metaphoric potential, and their hold on the artistic imagination, as well as our appetites, can be traced back through the millennia.”
- “The humble egg has provided inspiration well beyond the kitchen and is celebrated in all its guises in The Gourmand’s Egg: A Collection of Stories and Recipes.”
“…an absolute playground for the eyes and mind.”
“Celebrating the endless possibilities of the egg… whether it’s poached, scrambled, boiled, whipped, deviled, painted, or even tossed, the egg is here celebrated in all its various guises: as both humble household ingredient and ever-powerful source of life.”
“The Gourmand's Egg. A Collection of Stories & Recipes dives into the cultural relevance and history behind the oval wonder, while blessing our eyes with the most eclectic visual companions we've ever seen inside the pages of a cookbook.”
“…turns the staple (ingredient) into a star, and charts its significant beyond the kitchen.”
“A closer look at how eggs became a complex motif in countless works of art.”
- “Every food-lover’s favourite magazine ‘The Gourmand’ has begun a series of books dedicated to singular foods, featuring essays, recipes and always beautiful imagery. Scramble to get your mitts on the first, centred on the humble egg.”
- “The Gourmand’s Egg is the first in a new series of sumptuous art books by TASCHEN, celebrating the connections between art and food.”
- “A cracking new look at the egg… Culinary, cultural… it’s all collected in this fascinating compendium of all things ovoid.”
- “Cracked, over-easy or richly symbolic: the humble egg in art.”
- “Editorially experimental, visually conceptual, but highly accessible because of the sheer wit of its inventive features, The Gourmand offers surprising delicacies.”
The Gourmand’s Egg. A Collection of Stories and RecipesHardcover, 7.9 x 11.0 in., 2.83 lb, 288 pages50Edition: English Availability: January 22, 2024
The Gourmand’s Egg. A Collection of Stories & Recipes50
The Mighty Egg
A cultural and culinary history of our favorite household ingredient
One of the most enduring symbols throughout antiquity, eggs were used by the Romans to dispel evil spirits, modeled as priceless artifacts for the Russian nobility, and were woven into Egyptian mythology. In the debut volume of TASCHEN’s series with cult-favorite The Gourmand journal, we celebrate the link between food and culture in a visual and literary exploration of the powerhouse kitchen staple. A collection of original essays and archetype recipes, from the perfect poach to artful desserts, celebrates the diversity of culinary traditions around the world.
The Gourmand’s Egg. A Collection of Stories and Recipes is illustrated with exclusive commissions by acclaimed still life photographers—equal parts sumptuous, absurd, lurid, mouthwatering, and undeniably The Gourmand. Rounding out the volume are works from art history’s titans, including Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, David Hockney, and Man Ray alongside texts from chef, food writer, and critic Ruth Reichl and writer and editor Jennifer Higgie, and more. “In cooking — as in almost every-thing else,” Reichl said. “It all starts with an egg.”
The editor and art director
The Gourmand is David Lane and Marina Tweed, creators of the eponymous food and culture journal founded in London in 2011. Through publications, films and experiences they explore the fields of art, design, literature, film, fashion, and music through the universal subject of food. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Die Zeit, and Le Monde, and exhibited at the Design Museum, London.
Jennifer Higgie is an Australian writer who lives in London. She is the author and illustrator of the children’s book There’s Not One, the editor of The Artist’s Joke, and author of the novel Bedlam. Her book on women’s self-portraits, The Mirror & The Palette, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. She also writes screenplays.
The Gourmand’s Egg. A Collection of Stories and RecipesHardcover, 20 x 27.9 cm, 1.28 kg, 288 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8589-7Edition: English
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