Cookbooks. Narrative spaces and user manuals

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Abstract

In the system that defines the various types of books editorial graphics deals with in the field of visual communication design, a section in itself, with its own history, structure, specific language, is that of cookbooks: veritable handbooks for the preparation of foods – and not, in a simplistic, general definition, recipe books, in that they are artefacts containing not only techniques and practices, but also plenty of information concerning foods, quantities, times, temperatures, processes, methods, garnishing – all aspects that make these books look more like technical manuals than culinary literature for reading. Or maybe, as we mentioned above, they are simply books with a double identity, whose pages encompass both genres: one, technical-scientific; the other, purely narrative. These books are artefacts that impose the stillness of a shot, obtained through the printing process, on a sector like cookery, whose recipes, having their own precise storytelling structure and sequence, are subject, wherever there remains an oral tradition, to unceasing interpolations, changes, translations, betrayals.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages0
JournalPROGETTO GRAFICO
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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