Wild Raspberries by Andy Warhol

Wild Raspberries by Andy Warhol

In the spring of 1959, legendary interior decorator and bohemian hostess Suzie Frankfurt came across the work of a young artist at one of the occasional art exhibits held at Manhattan’s Serendipity ice cream parlor. She was unfamiliar with him but was immediately taken with his whimsical watercolors of flowers and butterflies. The artist, it turned out, was Andy Warhol, who was working as an art director at Doubleday at the time and illustrating  his children’s books shortly before he invented himself as Andy Warhol.

They became fast friends — a wavelength alignment only solidified when, one day, Warhol went to Frankfurt’s apartment for dinner and brought her a gold vermeil rose from Tiffany; she promptly filled a Coke bottle with water and put the rose in it — an act that especially delighted Warhol. By the fall, they had decided to collaborate on a series of handmade books that mocked the fashionable, mass-produced French cuisine cookbooks popular in the 1950s. Frankfurt wrote some recipes, Warhol illustrated them with his Dr. Martin’s paints, and his mother did the calligraphy. Wanting all the books to be hand-colored, they hired four boys who lived upstairs to come down every afternoon and do the coloring. So painstaking was the process that they were only able to produce 34 full-color books, which they took downtown for the rabbis to do the hand-binding. The result was nothing short of mesmerizing. But to the duo’s disappointment, the dream that New York’s booksellers would flood them with orders never materialized — instead, they left a few of their labor-of-love masterpieces for consignment at Doubleday and Rizzoli, and gave the rest away as Christmas presents to friends.

As for the recipes, they cater more to the artistic than the culinary — more to expressionism than to realism.

ARTWORK

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Gardoons a la Mousseline by Andy Warhol
Gardoons a la Mousseline by Andy Warhol
1959
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Hard Boiled Eggs by Andy Warhol
Hard Boiled Eggs by Andy Warhol
1959
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Gateau of Marzipan by Andy Warhol
Gateau of Marzipan by Andy Warhol
1959
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Baked Hawaii by Andy Warhol
Baked Hawaii by Andy Warhol
1959
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Waterfoie by Andy Warhol
Waterfoie by Andy Warhol
1959
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Piglet by Andy Warhol
Piglet by Andy Warhol
1959
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Calves head Giant by Andy Warhol
Calves head Giant by Andy Warhol
1959
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Oysters a la Harriman by Andy Warhol
Oysters a la Harriman by Andy Warhol
1959
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AP Surprise by Andy Warhol
AP Surprise by Andy Warhol
1959
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Chocolate Balls by Andy Warhol
Chocolate Balls by Andy Warhol
1959
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Omelet Greta Garbo by Andy Warhol
Omelet Greta Garbo by Andy Warhol
1959
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Vin Leaf Marinade by Andy Warhol
Vin Leaf Marinade by Andy Warhol
1959
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Roast Gyuana Andulusian by Andy Warhol
Roast Gyuana Andulusian by Andy Warhol
1959
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Salad de Alf Landon by Andy Warhol
Salad de Alf Landon by Andy Warhol
1959
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Greengages a la Warhol by Andy Warhol
Greengages a la Warhol by Andy Warhol
1959
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Torte a la Dobosch by Andy Warhol
Torte a la Dobosch by Andy Warhol
1959