November 21, 2017

Feast for The Eyes

In the Kitchen with Georgia O’Keeffe

Rich imagery fills the mind’s eye when you think of Georgia O’Keeffe: provocative flowers, bones and skulls against a desert sky, and rugged New Mexico landscapes. A new Assouline cookbook, Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe: Recipes, Art & Landscape, suggests she was an artist in the kitchen, too.

george-o_keefee2Author Robyn Lea explored the artist’s personal archives at Sante Fe’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and interviewed people close to her. The resulting book includes O’Keeffe’s handwritten notes and recipes, providing entree into her notoriously private world. Black-and-white photos show her preparing food at home, entertaining guests, working in the garden, and roaming her beloved Northern New Mexico terrain.

What can one discover in the artist’s recipe box? Think borscht with sour cream and fresh dill, or cheese soufflé with the piquant flavors of cayenne and parsley. Lea shares 50 recipes diced into categories that include soups, main courses, sweets, and more. Fittingly, each dish is heavily inspired by the American Southwest and photographed in the vivid color O’Keeffe deemed “one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living.” Who knew art could taste so good? —Kiana Moridi

The Details: Available at Forty Five Ten, 1615 Main Street.