My tattered edition of this portfolio was picked up at a small bookstore in western Massachusetts. The folder was torn and it was shoved into a remainder bin.
After framing one image–Cherries Jubilee (we live in DC, cherries are a thing)–I shoved it into a safe space between my desk and bookshelf and forgot about it for years at a time, which I sometimes think is the easiest way to create value–forgetting about something and seeing it with new appreciation when it resurfaces. It applies to people and prints.
When I graduated from college, David Lance Goines‘ work was the height of sophistication–hippie historicism. Medieval, William Morris, filtered through Berkeley California, where Goines set up his Saint Hieronymus Press and printed annual anniversary posters for Chez Panisse, another alternative business run by his friend Alice Waters.
I am a sucker for the nobility of the press and the artistry of letterpress. I still love these images–calm, carefully considered, assembled on the page with a creative rigor enforced by the press and the page. Roots and stems crawl and twine; crabs, carrots and cows march in sturdy sets. Most of the recipes are illustrated with their ingredients but Chicken Breasts Florentine come with two blank-eyed, burgundy harpies, Marinated Tomatoes are elaborately illustrated with a crusader knight on horseback, and Apple Sauce with a fundamental Eve, Adam, snake, and tree.
And the I love the recipes as well. They capture a time of growing interest in the American table. Reaching out to unfamiliar cultures with dishes like Chicken Biryani, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Moroccan Carrots; interpreting French sophistication with Orange Duck and Pate Maison; and exalting the simple in recipes like Pepper Toast and Homemade Yoghurt.
I’m thinking it’s time they come out of their portfolio–maybe framed on the dining room wall?