Beautifully designed cookbooks can be as handy for home decorating as they are for home cooking. But Melbourne designer Gemma Leslie has taken it one step further, illustrating a series of recipes from local chefs in A2-poster form.
Leslie, who lost her job because of the pandemic, set up the store in response to the city’s public-housing lockdowns. (Fareshare, which has headquarters in Melbourne and Brisbane, provided meals to residents in the towers at the time.)
“I saw everything that was going on … and I just felt like a spectator,” says Leslie. “I had some spare time on my hands, I wanted to help out and I knew some great cooks who wanted to help out, so it kind of clicked.”
The posters are printed on canvases made from recycled coffee cups, and the first run features four recipes from Melbourne chefs, illustrated in Leslie’s vibrant, playful and delightfully naïve style. There’s a tiramisu from Ostro cookbook author Julia Busuttil Nishimura, the recipe scrawled across ladyfingers, a block of chocolate and a macchinetta; pappardelle with prawn and zucchini by Ellie Bouhadana; a green vegetable and barley soup by Clementine Day; and a green bean and anchovy salad by Suzanne Corbett.
Before pre-orders close, Leslie hopes to raise an extra $10,000 for Fareshare, which currently cooks and distributes around 10,000 meals a day to people in isolated communities, low-income families, and those experiencing homelessness.
The project will be ongoing, with a second edition launching around Christmas.
Posters cost $80 and pre-orders are available online until September 16.