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112 women tell stories, share recipes, and inspire change.
Filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations and portraits.
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-Carla Hall

"Prepare to be blown away by Lindsay Gardner’s illustrations. Her gift as an artist is part of this fluid conversation about food with some of the most intriguing women, and you’ll never want it to end. Why We Cook highlights our voices and varied perspectives in and out of the kitchen and empowers us to reclaim our place in it."

chef, television personality, and author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration 

- Anita Lo 

chef and author of Solo and Cooking Without Borders

- Molly Wizenberg 

author of A Homemade Life and The Fixed Stars

"This book is a beautiful object, but it’s also much more than that: an essay collection, a trove of recipes, a guidebook for how we might use food to fight for and further justice. The women in its pages remind us that it’s in the kitchen, in the field, and around the table that we do our most vital work as human beings—and that, now more than ever, we must."

Every illustration for Why We Cook began with a detailed sketch using my favorite Blackwing pencils. I always have them nearby in my studio for drawing and sketching. Read my interview on Blackwing's Maker Series, right here
Blackwing pencils were a staple tool for creators throughout the 20th century, adored by the likes of John Steinbeck to Chuck Jones. Despite their renown and devoted following, the pencils disappeared during the 1990’s. Ten years ago, the Blackwing brand was revived and the iconic pencils were brought back to inspire new generations of artists, authors, and everyday people looking to live more mindfully. Over the last 10 years, Blackwing has grown from a single pencil into a culture that is built on heritage, craftsmanship, and storytelling.

Lindsay Gardner is an illustrator and mother of two daughters (her favorite sous chefs). Her watercolor and gouache illustrations have appeared in cookbooks and editorial projects, advertising campaigns, and stationery and interior design collaborations. This wide-ranging artistic sensibility makes her a gentle interrogator of the world around her. Her food art has appeared in the Cookie Advent Cookbook (Chronicle, 2016), Pies, Fries & Ice Cream (Chronicle, 2016), and The Rituals (Chronicle, 2019). 

You may have also seen her work in Uppercase Magazine, Architectural Digest, StyleCarrot, Decorist, Vogue, among others. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, she’s been fortunate to live in the beautiful and vibrant locales of Oakland and San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY and Middlebury, VT. Why We Cook is her first book.

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Photo by: Smeeta Mahanti

Nicole Ponseca, Kate Williams, Yewande Komolafe, Abby Fuller, Carla Hall, Gail Simmons, Dorie Greenspan, Jessica B. Harris, Abra Berens, Leah Penniman, Arielle Johnson, Nite Yun, Amanda Cohen, Leticia Landa, Christa Chase, Osayi Endolyn, Celia Sack, Niki Nakayama, Sara Forte, Rosio Sanchez

Ashley Rodriguez, Cara Mangini, Gray Chapman, Bonnie Tsui, Mutsuko Soma, Alana Newhouse, Joyce Goldstein, Blake Spalding, Elaine Chukan Brown, Mimi Mendoza, Christine Ha, Tanya Holland, Katianna Hong, Anya Fernald, Amanda Saab, Rachel Khong, Elizabeth Binder, Priya Krishna, Irene Li

Jodi Liano, Jess Thomson, Anita Lo, Lisa Ludwinski, Haile Thomas, Deborah Madison, Liz Alpern, Hillel Echo-Hawk, Ana Roš, Sadia Badiei, Cristina Martinez, Renee Erickson, Jen Castle, Preeti Mistry, Ruth Reichl, Martha Hoover, Jeni Britton Bauer, Ashleigh Shanti, Polina Chesnakova, Reem Assil, Julia Turshen


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Upcoming Virtual Events

FRIDAY, APRIl 2, 2021: 12p EST

IG Live Toast + Tasting with Julia Coney.

Monday, APRIL 5, 2021: 7p EST
Thursday, APRIL 22, 2021: 2p EST/ 12p MT