Loathe: American Fashion Cookbook

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If you judge a book by its cover, then this one screams “tacky.”

Here’s a little gem I found online that was published in 2009: American Fashion Cookbook, a book of recipes and illustrations from American fashion designers. It’s ironic that I’m always complaining about how annoying it is that everyone “says” they are a fashion designer, because now the fashion designers are saying they are cooks. Ok, not quite, but really, is this book necessary? When I need a recipe, I go to a website or a book that is written by expert cooks, the same way I want to buy my clothes designed by expert designers. Why would I want Isaac Mizrahi’s Mushroom Truffle Spaghetti or Carolina Herrera’s Pommes Toupinel? I’d rather get the recipe from a chef whose profession is making these things.

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Richard Lambertson’s crab cakes. Somehow I doubt the final result will look anything like the illustration…

And this comment (which was part of a 5 star review?!?!) sums it up: “My only two gripes are that the recipes are a bit unexact and hard to follow, and there aren’t any pictures.” Um, isn’t the WHOLE POINT of a recipe book to have instructions that are exact and easy to follow? And how often have you made a recipe without a photo? Me? Never. This book sounds like an absolute waste of $35. Designers, your profession is making dresses and not chowder, leave the cooking to the pros.

  • http://emiloufur.com/ Emily

    Yeah I can’t get my head around this one, and it makes me a bit ashamed because I always think that fashion design is the most pooped-upon profession in terms of everyone thinking they can make clothes… I don’t like to think that there are fashion folk guilty of doing something similar. And no, I can’t deal easily with recipes without photos, either. I find it very distressing to have to guess whether or not I’ve made something that looks like it was supposed to…