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Bastard Cookbook

Bastard Cookbook - Rirkrit Tiravanija

Bastard Cookbook

The Odious Smell of Truth

Antto Melasniemi and Rirkrit Tiravanija do not just have both unusual names but are both artists working with food. So do not mistake this book, the Bastard Cookbook, with an ordinary cookbook. Even though it is full of recipes, photographs of food and chapters carrying unspectacular names like “soup” or “salads”, it is far more than a mere collection of dishes. The two food artist challenge our obsession of authenticity and mix up tastes, traditional dishes, and recipes into food “bastards”. You can turn your oh-so-familiar family recipes of meatballs with a little bit of curry paste into something very unfamiliar. But if we are honest about globalisation and peoples lives that are not limited to one place and one country anymore, we must agree that the proposed bastards are probably the new reality mix. Instead of being scared that traditional tastes would be lost, we should embrace these “bastards” as an addition, as a more. The future of cooking is definitely eclectic.⁠


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