This is the Eat Your Words collective cookbook, a cookbook that works to bring back the personal elements of cooking. Commercial cookbooks can often lose their collective nature because a cookbook is always a collection, but they often feel like a singular perspective on cooking and food. Often times, the history or emotion behind the recipe is lost. What is the context that surrounds the meal? What do you feel when you are cooking it, who are you cooking it for? We understand the age-old saying ‘made with love’, but what if the recipe was written with anger, guilt, passion, self-care. What if the recipes in a cookbook focus on the conversations and language that surround cooking, rather than the dish itself.
For that reason, I opened up this process to others, during a time where communal eating may not be as common, and so offering a creative outlet that would hopefully instil a feeling of sharing stories over food. I was really inspired by these virtual dinner hosts who instilled a sense of communal eating online through zoom calls etc. So, I proposed a loose brief, encouraging alternative submissions, recipes that are perhaps written to someone like a love letter, break up text or a quick note on a scrap piece of paper at the end of a dinner party. It may be a cookie recipe you write to yourself to get over a heart-break, a soup to say sorry, a drink to remember a friend or a bread to help you forget one. These dishes, desserts, and drinks can be anything the contributor wanted.
Whether the recipe followed the more traditional format, or if the dishes were even edible at all, was completely up to the contributors. I hoped to create a collection of recipes that reference every feeling or situation, and I feel as though with the help of everyone involved, I have achieved exactly that.