Painter, graphic designer, illustrator, sculptor, screenwriter, director and cinematographer, in his life Andy Warhol was a bit of everything, certainly one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
But maybe there is still something you don’t know about him, the predominant figure of the Pop art movement has also written a cookbook. Yes, you got it right, a real cookbook published when he was not yet very famous and called “Wild Raspberries”.
And this book is now considered a real treasure, just think that in the world there are only 34 color copies and one of them will be auctioned by Bonhams in the coming weeks.
But let’s proceed step by step, it was 1954 when together with her friend and decorator Suzie Frankfur they decided to give life to this strange project, a sort of parody of the French recipe books so fashionable in those years in the United States.
Also fundamental was the support of her mother who took care of transcribing all the recipes, deliberately including spelling mistakes to add an air of subversion. The books were then hand-colored by schoolchildren who lived upstairs from Warhol, though they only managed to complete 34 of them.
But those who then actually purchased the book in 1959 in search of culinary inspiration were in for a strange surprise. The book doesn’t contain actual recipes but strange advice like “Piglet a la Trader Vic’s,” which instructs the chef to send a driver to the Plaza Hotel Restaurant, ask for a suckling pig that has already been cooked and then plate it again. There’s also the “Greta Garbo Omelet” recipe: “To be eaten strictly alone, in a candlelit room.”
Another gem by Andy Warhol, a book that somehow anticipated the creative spirit and flair of the great American artist who still continues to make people talk about him.
Here are some of the illustrations of “Wild Raspberries”.