You’re sitting at your kitchen table eating last night’s lasagna out of a plastic container and wishing you had one of those gorgeous Coffee Table Books to distract yourself. You know what I mean. Books like Mansions in the Hamptons or Castles of Europe.
Well, you don’t live in a mansion or a castle. And not only that, you aren’t crazy about paying for one of those gorgeous-but-ridiculously-expensive Coffee Table Books.
That’s when I started thinking about creating a low-cost, scaled down alternative–Kitchen Table Books. They’re gorgeous-but-affordable, a little bit artsy, a little bit literary, with beautiful color photos and quirky artwork, tasty tidbits of gossip as well a few recipes with bios of chefs and artists.
Booker and I are working on Toasting With Toulouse: Absinthe Makes Heart Grow Fonder. It is the first in the Cuisine[and/as/in]Art Kitchen Table Book Series. Choosing Toulouse Lautrec and his art as an introduction for the series seems appropriate since he not only was one of the greatest post-Impressionists, but also because he was known for his extensive home bar that was so well-stocked he could offer his guests an infinite variety of cocktails. Combined with his love of cooking, he would serve his alcoholic concoctions with his curious culinary creations to guests to enjoy while contemplating his art. Food and drink were artistic endeavors, too. He felt it necessary that one ate and drank well to celebrate a painting, a poster, an exhibition.
Toulouse fit the style I was looking to present in the Kitchen Table Books—a little bit artsy, a little bit literary, with beautiful color graphics, tasty tidbits of gossip as well as a few recipes with bios of chefs and artists.
Watch this space. It will be coming soon.