Deconstructing Elsie
Deconstructing Elsie
Deconstructing Elsie

Light and Flaky

Portrait of the Artist's Mother: A Cookbook
by Lise Melhorn
with story by Pauline Melhorn
Wayne State University: Transformer Press, 1982. Edition of 190.

6.5 x 9"; 32 pages. Printed on Rising Parchment 100% rag paper. Pamphlet bound with cover paper handmade from linen and cotton tea towels, tablecloths, aprons, and dish cloths.

Exhibition catalog, Women Writing and Reading, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library from May-August, 2007: "Melhorn-Boe's bookworks deal in various ways with women's issues, often with humour and a strong sense of irony. Melhorn-Boe's mother, Pauline Melhorn, was a painter who encouraged her daughter's early interest in creative arts. By her own account, Melhorn-Boe 'bullied her mother into writing' Light and Flaky. This memoir/recipe book begins with Pauline Melhorn's childhood, tracing her development as a cook through marriage and motherhood. It is interspersed with recipes and family photographs and maintains a humorous tone throughout."

Although Light and Flaky may be personal history, it will hit strike a chord with anyone who has cooked - the rollercoaster of finding one's own way in the kitchen. The main course is the spirit of fun, exploration, and practical reality that wafts throughout. The recipes are simply gravy.
$40 (Last Copy)