It's for this reason that I love the idea behind the new publication COOKBOOK north/south, and it's really no surprise that the book has already been posted about all over internet land. Developed by the creative designers at Wolfgang, Shlomo & Max, COOKBOOK north/south is a not-for-profit publication that has been letterpress printed by hand at the Melbourne Museum of Printing in a limited-edition run of 500 copies.
The book features an exploration of ten of Melbourne's suburbs, with contributions from a range of both local and internationally-renowned names, including Stephanie Alexander, Robert Castellani and Andrew McConnell. Each contributor was asked to interpret their suburb, and each entry (made up of individual cards) features a lino-cut artwork, a short story and three recipes. A unique collection of letterpress forms, typography and colour create the visual identity for each suburb chapter. Wow! And to top it all off, all of the profits from the books go to SecondBite, a not-for-profit organisation that identifies sources of nutritious surplus fresh food and produce that might otherwise go to waste and facilitates its safe and timely distribution to agencies and people in need.
If you're in Melbourne, you can head along to the book launch at Craft Victoria this coming Monday, 29 November, from 6-8pm, and you'll also be able to purchase copies for $100 AU there after the event. And if you're interesting in seeing how the book was put together, there's an interesting slideshow on the Broadsheet website.
I really think this is a fantastic idea, and helps to capture the essence of Melbourne's suburbs. It's definitely going on my Christmas/wants list!
Speaking of exploring Melbourne, I will be away from my computer next week spending time with some good friends who are visiting from the UK (maybe I should set up some sort of B&B/tour business?), but I will see you back here on Monday 6 December. I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead!