Softcover, 148×210mm (A5), 38 pages
[ Kassel Dummy Award 2020 shortlist ]
Through extensive research in ethnic food stores in London, from the Afro-Caribbean market to the Bangladeshi wholesale store, Odd Recipes recreates a series of traditional recipes from different countries, turning undesirable looking foodstuffs into delicious meals. The recipes are based on the dialogue between the artist and the store owners, utilising their serving ideas and suggestions, cooked by the artist herself.
The dishes introduced in this book reflect the country’s long tradition of welcoming immigrants from corners of the former British Empire. After World War Ⅱ, a large number of people from African-Caribbean and South Asian countries have moved to the UK, encouraged by British government campaigns to cover severe labour shortages.
The project signifies the city’s vast cultural diversity through food, as well as the history of immigration to the UK.