Artists/Authors – Alicia Freile, Jess Lomas, Haylea Bridle Publisher – Wilkinson Publishing Pty Ltd
Pages – 128
At 128 pages, this A4 book is a weighty and classic looking volume. The cover is reminiscent of older recipe books – muted colours, piles of food and block lettering. The effect is one of nostalgia, and I quite enjoy the cover images!
The spine is glue bound, allowing for a considerable amount of manoeuvring while still keeping the book intact. The majority of the images do not enter the spine, having a border around them, preventing the colourist being unable to finish the picture because of an unyielding spine.
The paper is a warm white, not quite an off white. This adds to the nostalgic recipe feeling that I get from this book. The texture of the pages is nice and toothy, allowing for quite a bit of layering and blending with coloured pencils.
The images are one sided, with some facts/articles on the facing page, so bleeding onto another illustration isn’t an issue. I did test markers and fineliners, and there was a small amount of bleeding.
Guess what this book has? Food images! Pretty much any type – piles of food, specific food, cooking accessories.
The book is primarily an A-Z foodie guide, with one letter every 2-3 pages representing a foodie item (such as Edible Flowers) and a paragraph explaining that item.
Some extras this book includes, which are a nice surprise, include a foodie quiz, a colourable conversion chart (handy for the kitchen!) and a full colour mini recipe booklet in the centre of the book.
Another feature scattered throughout the book is some easy recipes, featuring colourable ingredients, and easy to follow directions.
The line work is consistent throughout, moderately thick which suits the style of illustration very well. The images aren’t terribly detailed, although a few are quite complex.
There are a handful of pictures to add your own details, such as drawing pizza toppings on a pizza. I know some people don’t enjoy these, and they are easily ignored if they aren’t your style.
Apart from making me hungry, this book was pleasant to colour. Thinking about what I was colouring, the texture, shapes and colours really made me focus on what I was doing. It was a nice way to distract myself from pain and anxiety, and focus that energy on colouring.
I think this book would be great for those with varied concentration levels, as pictures do range from quite small to large and detailed, so there’s something in this book that will suit everyone.
The line thickness and intricacy makes it suitable for people with vision impairment or fine motor skills issues, which is a great feature.