A Pop-Up Culinary Herbal
Volume Two of the Plant Lore of the 21st Century Series
By Shawn Wilder Sheehy
Chicago: paperboy press, 2013. Edition of 30.
6.5 x 4.5 x 1.25"; 12 double-page pop-ups, 6 text pages. Shawn Sheehy conceived, engineered, and designed this herbal. Sarah Vogel letterpress printed the text and assisted with assembly. Each vegetable is accompanied by supporting text in a 2-page booklet (2.5 x 2.5") adhered to the page. All stock is commercial cover in varying weights from various manufacturers. All type was digitally set in Italian Electric and output to polymer plates. Bound in chipboard and paper covers. Signed and numbered by Sheehy.
Shawn Sheehy: "A Pop-Up Culinary Herbal puts ancient medicinal theory into modern practice. Using pre-scientific logic, it links vegetables and their curative properties with 21st-century ills — both societal and individual. Though the cures are fictions, some parts of each listing are true: each of the 12 cultivars is an authentic heirloom, the listing of constituents is accurate, and the nutritional value of each vegetable is verified by modern science. "
The largest vegetable ever grown was a pumpkin. This New World crowd-pleaser has the heft and charm to take down any Old World ideology, especially fundamentalism. Do you know Tea Partyists who oppose same-sex marriage? Help them focus on improving opposite-sex marriage. Do you know Jihadists who destroy ancient artifacts? Help them focus on creating new ones. Serve pumpkin as pie or bread; it tastes better with a little sugar and butter.