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Dinner With Georgia O'Keeffe

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More often than not, a cookbook tells a story that goes far beyond food. Meals are where conversation happens. Kitchens are the centerpiece of homes. And the ingredients we choose tell as much about our palate preferences as they do our geography.

Artist Georgia O’Keeffe chose New Mexico as the vibrant backdrop for the second half of her boundlessly creative life. And that is where “Dinner With Georgia O’Keeffe: Recipes, Art & Landscape,” the recently released book from Assouline, transports its readers through a visual melange of storytelling and recipes.

O’Keeffe, who was born in Wisconsin, immersed herself in the greater southwest. She reveled in being able to forage for and gather the wild ingredients in the high desert landscape that surrounded her. For O’Keeffe, food was elevated to an art form, both as a frequent subject in her work, and in its preparation and consumption. Food was also used as the primary tool in the artist’s life to promote health and well-being.

The book, punctuated by O’Keeffe’s artworks and archival images of her years in New Mexico, features recipes collected from O’Keeffe’s preferred cookbooks with her handwritten notes through which author Robyn Lea explores the artist’s relationship to food via art and nature, capturing photographs of the recipes and scenic views that celebrate this beautiful connection.

“Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe” balances the fresh local and traditional ingredients the artist sought and the New Mexican landscape and culture that constantly influenced both her art and sense of self. From soups and main courses to vegetable dishes and breads to sweet treats and drinks, 50 of O’Keeffe’s favorites are presented here, including Brightest Borscht with Sour Cream & Fresh Dill, Christine’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, Hungarian-Style Chicken Paprika, Marinated Green Chile with Breakfast Eggs and Tortas de Huevos Tradicionales, among others.

All photography by Robyn Lea.

 

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