About this piece:
I am nostalgic about food. I miss my grandmother’s chicken parmesan, clover-leaf rolls, sour cream cheesecake, banana ice cream… I miss watching her create the evening dinner with her own two hands, and with the help of the Cuisinart, the KitchenAid, and the Revereware. My grandmother became a housewife the same time as automated appliances were being integrated into the household, especially the kitchen. She had several recipe boxes, but all the good recipes were in her head. While she passed many recipes to me, the food was missing her touch.
Monday Pie is an artist book that appears as a cookbook both in binding and content. Inside is a culmination of cookbook photographs from the 1950’s to 1970’s plus recipes, and stories about the pleasure and memories associated with food. The photographs focus intentionally on the hands direct involvement in the creation and taste of any dish. Historically, a Monday Pie is a meat pie made from Sunday leftovers, which saved money and time.
paper, ink, book board, book cloth, metal
About the artist:
Sara Brooks earned her MFA in studio art from Indiana University where she also taught for three years. Originally from Oklahoma, Brooks moved to Ashville, NC and established her bookbindery, Original Brooks, in 2013. Currently, she teaches book making at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.