For the last few weeks, I have been occupied with painting food.
Several years ago, I decided I needed to make a family cookbook to preserve for eternity all those recipes which had been passed on from my grandma, and great grandma, as well as my parents.
I asked my dad to help me. He has been the chef of the family for the last 20 years, since he retired. My mom was generally a good cook, but tended to stick with meatloaf and macaroni and cheese while we were growing up. (Both of those things are in our cookbook.) But my dad took it to new heights.
His heyday started with "Bernie Bread" -- a crusty white bread that we enjoyed at holiday meals and whenever the mood struck. When the Food Network came along, well, we have been constantly treated to new and amazing gourmet food.
So, I guess I should be grateful that he has finally made me finish our cookbook project. We may get it done in time for some holiday sales. But I would love to take more time with the illustrations than I have. The cover, shown above, was originally going to be the style of each divider page. Eight paintings in all. That's not going to happen. At least not this year. What I've been working on are spot illustrations for the pages, emphasizing the fresh ingredients featured in some of the recipes.
When its done, I will have copies for sale. If you've met my dad, or have had the privilege of partaking of one of his home cooked meals, you know the book will offer some excellent eating opportunities.
Now, back to work.