Book Beauty Monday 01 : Stephen Cartwright's the Usborne First Cookbook

I woke up this morning and wondered what art I would create today. Then, I saw books I just bought and thought, instead of showing my work, how about sharing other artist's art that inspired me?

I love reading but I wouldn't call myself a bookworm, book collector might be more appropriate. Half of books I own are still unread or unfinished. Most of them I bought because of their beauty. I love books with beautiful covers, good typo and lovely illustration inside will gain extra points. Literally, I judge a book by its cover first and the content comes later :-P. It's not all the time though. There are some books that I bought because of good writing too.

Today I'm going to show you my most favorite illustrated book of all time. I'm sure that, unless you already own this Usborne First Cookbook or even if you don't like cooking (like me), you would want to order it after seeing these super lovely sample pages !

Stephen Cartwright is one of the first names that I remembered when I started collecting children's books. There are so many of his works in the market that after a box full of his little picture books, I just give up collecting everything and focus on the most lovely instead.

I had a hard time choosing these pages. They all are so cute! The book has 72 pages altogether and each page contains 5-7 lovely illustrations that you can look at the wonderful tiny details all day.

Little cook team are working on deliciously looking quiche, diligently under the head chef's eyes :-)

This recipe is called Welsh rarebit, bread, cheese, mustard and tomatoes. I really want to try a piece!

Raisin flapjacks, looks nice.

How about a dish of spaghetti bolognese?

This is my favorite. Fish in breadcrumbs. Almost hear the sound of crunchy chewing :-)

See how they neatly chop up the vegetable !

Not a fan of muesli but this looks yummy :-)

Lovely iced spice biscuits!

I don't know what to say more. I just love it! (and hungry now :-P)

Since I enjoy writing this post so much, I decide to assign myself a little blogging project called, Book Beauty Monday. Basically, talking about beautiful illustration books. This is the first week. If you like this and think we have some similar taste, come back next Monday and see what I have more to show :-)

Thanks for coming. Happy Art Every Day Month and have a merry day!

PS I didn't do any art on Sunday but I think I can say I did do 'the art of idleness' LOL ;-P


  1. This book is insanely awesome. I feel like if I had this, I would have learned to cook much sooner in life. Everything is depicted so well (and charmingly, at that)!

  2. Stephen Cartwright is my favourite illustrator! Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Those little people cooking are the cutest thing I've ever seen in a cook book before. I wonder if more adults would cook if the recipe books we followed had fun illustrations?

  4. What a great book. I have a couple from my childhood but nothing like this. I think I will order it for my kids for I really like how it shows all the steps. Thanks for the info :)

  5. Great book XD I like an illustration of tomato in this book.

  6. Love these drawings! How fun. Makes me want to sketch in the kitchen. If only I had a bunch of tiny helpers to do the cooking while I draw...

  7. Yay for the Art of Idleness. I am reclining on my couch today, my injured knee up and I have to say, it feels great.

    Love this book - adorable!!

    read my #aedm2010 post here.


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