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The Modern Art Cookbook: Recipes and Food-Inspired Treasures from the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Creative Icons | Brain Pickings

The Modern Art Cookbook Recipes and Food Inspired Treasures from the Twentieth Century s Greatest Creative Icons Brain Pickings

Joseph Stella, 'Eggplant,' c. 1939


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The Picasso and Van Gogh recipes were fascinating, but this is my favorite:

The penultimate chapter explores desserts — a course cross-pollinated with modern art particularly well. Found among the manuscripts of Susan Gilbert, Emily Dickinson’s closest friend — or, as some have speculated, more-than-friend — was the following recipe in Dickinson’s handwriting:

Emily Dickinson’s GINGERBREAD

½ cup (115g) butter

½ cup (110 ml) cream

1 quart (560g) flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 tablespoon ginger

1 teaspoon salt

Make up with molasses

Cream the butter and mix with lightly whipped cream. Sift dry ingredients together and combine with other ingredients. The dough is stiff and needs to [be] pressed into whatever pan you choose. A round or small square pan is suitable. The recipe also fits perfectly into a cast iron muffin pan, if you happen to have one which makes oval cakes. Bake at 350ÂşF (180ÂşC) for 20-25 minutes.

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