You may be wondering about this new blog, Tomato Prints and Recipes.
How This Book Came to Be and Thanks to One and All, in a post below, describes how I came to make the etchings and books. But it doesn’t say anything about the blog---mainly because it came as an after-thought. Why would I want to turn a 17-page art project into something else? Good question.
Let me backtrack for a minute. The original project was basically for my own amusement. I had these tomato etchings. I wanted to do something fun with them. A red-covered mini-cookbook, with the etchings and tomato recipes interspersed, popped into my head. That was it. That got me started.
I collected recipes from six friends and, with lots of trial and error, scanned, designed, edited, printed, cut, glued, drilled, and stitched together seven books. I gave one to each of my six collaborators.
The books were wonderful. All seven of them. But didn’t this special art project deserve a wider audience? Why not turn it into a blog? I asked myself. So yesterday afternoon, I did it. Just like that. It’s not a colorful hand-crafted book which you can hold, feel, and turn the pages. But it does have some of the same warmth and spirit. I hope you will enjoy looking through each post. You can even print them out and make your own book. The recipes are simple, juicy and just delicious. And in their own way, the etchings are also simple, juicy, and just delicious. Enjoy.