Cooking Not Your Thing? Now Anyone Can Cook With These Illustrated Recipes

Let’s say you have people coming over tonight. The beer is covered, obviously, and you’ve exhausted the city’s supply of red cups and ping pong balls. But then it hits you; at some point, your quests will probably develop a hunger after quaffing away the best beer, 20 bucks can buy. The only problem is that you only know what half the things in your kitchen are for, and when someone says “just follow the recipe”, it feels like you’re just handed over a set of blueprints and then asked to build a building… But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Drawing Recipes, a book created by Italian illustrator Chiara Di Francia, explains how to cook delicious meals through simple illustrations. The idea for the book came about when Francia’s five-year-old cousin asked her to write a recipe for her favorite pastry snack. “After having drawn the first piece, the idea of this project was born, to create a collection of illustrated recipes,” says Francia.


In the book, you can find recipes for anything from fondue to french toast to fried pizza. The recipes are divided into seven categories: Breakfast & Brunch, Appetizers, Salads, Mains, Pasta, Second Course, and Desserts.