A Cartoony Cookbook

Ever since I met her in Angoulême, I’ve been amazed by Zeina Abirached‘s beautiful, iconic cartooning style. In her books, like Le jeu des hirondelles and Je me souviens – Beyrouth, she manages to combine quite realistic memories and anecdotes from her youth in 1980’s Lebanon with an illustration style that is always gentle.

It would seem that the publishing world at large also discovered this quality, as is attested by this cookbook about Turkish cuisine, published in 2015. It features her illustrations quite prominently, so much so that they are quite prominent in determining the atmosphere of the book.

Incidentally, the visual elements and layout of this cover strongly reminded me of the international poster (I, II) for the animated movie based on Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.

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