Deconstructing Elsie
Deconstructing Elsie
Deconstructing Elsie

A Selection of Cards

By Scott McCarney
Rochester, New York: Visual Books, 2007. Edition of 50.

5.75 x 8.75"; 34 pages. Blue and gray illustrated paper boards with red-cloth spine. Title label on front board in the from of McCarney's mother's recipe cards and reads "From the Kitchen of Lela McCarney."

Scott McCarney, colophon: "The cards represented in this book were culled from a collection my mother assembled over a lifetime of interest in cooking and health. The original cards, housed in a wooden box crafted by my father, may be seen as an unintentional Fluxus project containing hundreds of written instructions for potential performance events. The stains, attributes, and annotations are visual cues akin to Proust's notion of 'involuntary memory' as evoked by the taste of his madeleine. This selection, though ordered much like a menu, is meant to be consumed as a visual rather than a culinary feast."

If you've been lucky, these pages will spark memories of grandmothers and mothers cooking, measuring, mixing, pouring over recipes.