Book Beauty Monday 01 : Stephen Cartwright's the Usborne First Cookbook

I woke up this morning and wondered what art I would create today. Then, I saw books I just bought and thought, instead of showing my work, how about sharing other artist's art that inspired me?

I love reading but I wouldn't call myself a bookworm, book collector might be more appropriate. Half of books I own are still unread or unfinished. Most of them I bought because of their beauty. I love books with beautiful covers, good typo and lovely illustration inside will gain extra points. Literally, I judge a book by its cover first and the content comes later :-P. It's not all the time though. There are some books that I bought because of good writing too.

Today I'm going to show you my most favorite illustrated book of all time. I'm sure that, unless you already own this Usborne First Cookbook or even if you don't like cooking (like me), you would want to order it after seeing these super lovely sample pages !



Stephen Cartwright is one of the first names that I remembered when I started collecting children's books. There are so many of his works in the market that after a box full of his little picture books, I just give up collecting everything and focus on the most lovely instead.

I had a hard time choosing these pages. They all are so cute! The book has 72 pages altogether and each page contains 5-7 lovely illustrations that you can look at the wonderful tiny details all day.



Little cook team are working on deliciously looking quiche, diligently under the head chef's eyes :-)



This recipe is called Welsh rarebit, bread, cheese, mustard and tomatoes. I really want to try a piece!





Raisin flapjacks, looks nice.



How about a dish of spaghetti bolognese?



This is my favorite. Fish in breadcrumbs. Almost hear the sound of crunchy chewing :-)



See how they neatly chop up the vegetable !



Not a fan of muesli but this looks yummy :-)



Lovely iced spice biscuits!

I don't know what to say more. I just love it! (and hungry now :-P)

Since I enjoy writing this post so much, I decide to assign myself a little blogging project called, Book Beauty Monday. Basically, talking about beautiful illustration books. This is the first week. If you like this and think we have some similar taste, come back next Monday and see what I have more to show :-)

Thanks for coming. Happy Art Every Day Month and have a merry day!

PS I didn't do any art on Sunday but I think I can say I did do 'the art of idleness' LOL ;-P