Image courtesy of Ten Speed Press, © 2013 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust.
As an artist, with a serious sweet tooth, I was beyond thrilled when I was asked to introduce Leah Rosenberg’s modern art inspired desserts to my readers. I was even more excited when I realized her work was featured in a cookbook, by co-chef at Blue Bottle Coffee, Caitlin Freeman.
My love for modern art, baking, and all things sweet makes me giddy thinking of the opportunities this cookbook presents. As I flip through Amazon’s sneak peak of the book my interest increases as I see snapshots of Lichtenstein, Khalo, and Matisse inspired desserts (click here to see the cookbook on Amazon). As I moved through the thumbnails of desserts I began reading the introduction, written by author Caitlin Freeman. With most books I quickly scan the introduction, eager to get to the meat of the book, the start of the story, so I was surprised to find myself enthralled in the introduction to this book, a cookbook no less.
Reading Caitlin’s journey as photography student turned pastry chef was interesting, motivating, and inspiring. Perhaps I found a deeper connection to Caitlin’s story as a wannabe not-so-starving, starving artist, however, I believe anyone who picks up this book will find her small business success story as interesting and inspiring as I did.
Although the recipes do sound complex, and may take longer than your average cake to make, I believe it could be a source of inspiration to any level of baker. I love nothing more than seeing how each sweet reflects the work of art that inspired it. I love seeing the hand of the bakers, as well as the modern artists, in these tasty treats. I just might have to make a trip to San Francisco to enjoy them myself.
I am so excited to offer this cookbook as one of my May giveaway items. Inside you will find Caitlin’s success story, along with recipes and how tos to recreate the modern art inspired desserts; which are created everyday at Blue Bottle Coffee, inside the SFMOMA. Whether you actually plan on attempting these creations, or you simply want an interesting and beautiful coffee table book, this book offers entertainment to anyone who decides to peak inside. As a daughter of an artist, this would be the perfect gift for my mom, or sweet tooth sufferer sister. Give it as a gift, or enjoy it for yourself!
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Also coming this month and next month in giveaways is a free copy of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables turned children’s book by Holman Wang and Jack Wang, a free classic canvas print from http://www.photobox.co.uk/, and a free digital copy of All Roads Lead West by Paul Matarelli. Thanks for reading today’s post and participating in this giveaway! Check back and subscribe for a chance to participate in these amazing, upcoming giveaways!