Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Working Couple's Cookbook


I think I'm having a freakout by these psychedelic images that are from an early 70s book by Peggy Treadwell called The Working Couple's Cookbook. It must have been a slightly progressive publication for its time, considering it addressed the needs of households where both partners worked, whether "roomates, soulmates, playmates, or wedded mates." All images are via Flickr from Kyle Katz's Vintage Cookbook Cover and Illustrations album.



Craig Torlucci was the artist. I can't say I'm familiar with his work, but I love the abstract, stained glass look. Wish some of the recipes had been scanned as well...one of them was chicken with spiced....crabapples? Ewww. Must be a 70s thing. I did see a copy of the book up for grabs on eBay, and Amazon carries some used ones. Note there's no children in any of the illustrations. That certainly makes cooking and taking care of a household easier for these two:











Coffee, tea, or me? His and hers mugs...too cute.

10 comments:

Marlene said...

It looks like something went horribly wrong on a paint-by-numbers set!

Pam@GoRetro said...

Ha ha! They do. But I also think they look kind of cool.

Lidian said...

I think maybe they need to taker a vacation...

Lidian said...

take not taker!

Amy said...

That's pretty funky! Reminds me of the beatles yellow submarine...

Keith said...

Wow. These are quite some images. I think they are cool. I had never seen this before.

Anonymous said...

Not to say anything obvious, but in gradeschool we were taught this technique in art class. Well, not that refined of course. Also, gluing geometric translucent tissue-paper for decopage onto a jelly jar as well. You should -see- the huge MOD geometric string art (nails-in-board) we would do!
stay-at-home-dad

Anonymous said...

In re-reading, I did not mean to sound arrogant - it is talented art! In the late 60s-70s we did learn some mod types of art in school. It was everywhere; the "head shops" of the day, with all the psychedelic, bathtubs w/sand, skeletons and candles, and the melted twisted soft-drink bottles. Cormen's movies at the Drive-In. It was a visually interesting time to be a youth.

stay-at-home-dad

Pam@GoRetro said...

No worries, stay-at-home dad - I didn't think you sounded arrogant at all! The 70s were indeed a time for psychedelia and unusual crafts...hmmm, that might be a good topic to explore for a future post.

Amanda By Night said...

I love it! It looks like 70s Cubism or something. Plus I kind of like the idea of splitting the work in the kitchen. I have to say my fiance enjoys cook and I don't, so it's about 60-40 in favor of him.

I used to LOVE crabapples. No joke. I can't remember what they came with but some place I used to eat at with my parents served them all warm with the food, and it was the first think I'd eat. Mmmmm...

I want this book!

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