One of our new favorite food sites is They Draw and Cook, where every recipe is illustrated, for totally appealing, graphical how-to’s. Some are done by professionals, and some are done by amateurs who submit their work to the site, but all are charming and one-of-a-kind. Somehow, having the recipes in this form loosens up the vibe into a more improvisational one. And it makes us want to DRAW what we cook, rather than just write a recipe.

You can search for recipes by ingredient, meal type, illustration style or even where in the world the artist is from, OR use the fun Dial-a-Dinner option for a great random menu….

Here are some favorites:

illustrated figs flambe recipe

illustrated gin soaked watermelon recipe

illustrated banana cream recipe

There’s a sister site called Kid’s Draw and Cook where kid’s can upload their drawings of (mostly sweet) recipes:

We don’t know how accurate They Draw and Cook’s recipes are, but maybe that doesn’t matter: they give the gist, what is really what all a recipe is supposed to do.

We’re thinking it would make a terrific kid’s book, and what do you know, They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World will be out in October.

via Manhattan User’s Guide

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