It’s a visual world we find ourselves in, where easily digestible information and engaging infographics appeal to us most. Cookbooks are also trying to reel people in with vivid pictures, but it’s not always for commercial purposes. “They Draw & Cook” is an amazing online collection of illustrated recipes from all over the world. Anyone with a spark of passion for food and art can submit their recipes and be added on the map. You can look up different recipes based on the illustration style, meal types and ingredients. Once something has caught your eye, you can print or share the picture in an instant.
This project was born thanks to siblings Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, also a design and illustration team. They came up with the idea during a family holiday, when they realised how fun it was to illustrate food. Nate and Salli started spreading the word to collect enough recipes for a book, and the response was overwhelming. They’ve already published three beautiful cookbooks and are now accepting submissions for more. You can still post your art on your blog or even sell it, as the site states: “The founding principle of TDAC is to promote artists, and we share the mutual goal of getting your work out in the world”.
“They Draw & Cook” is truly an inspirational space, it regularly rewards the recipe-of-the-month and keeps its subscribers up to date with yummy content. Another fun tool on the website is Dial-a-Dinner, a quirky random recipe finder with suggestions for your appetizer, main course and dessert. If you simply can’t decide what to cook, ask Nate or Salli to help you out. Mind you, Salli will only pick dishes from a veggie menu; but have you eaten your greens today?
Would rather spend your time wandering the world than stirring the pot? The sister site “They Draw & Travel” might just be what you need.