Art and Nature Inspire a New Cookbook of Georgia O'Keeffe's Recipes

Georgia O'Keeffe, Oriental Poppies, 1927, Weisman | © Sharon Mollerus/Flickr
Georgia O'Keeffe, Oriental Poppies, 1927, Weisman | © Sharon Mollerus/Flickr
Legendary painter of the American Southwest, Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her arresting desertscapes and painted depictions of blooming flowers. But a new cookbook by Australian-born writer and photographer Robyn Lea exhibits O’Keeffe’s foray into the culinary arts, showcasing 50 inspired recipes which are as colorful and natural as the artist’s oeuvre.

Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe: Recipes, Art & Landscape (2017) reveals the artist’s less-explored penchant for home cooking. As it turns out, “the mother of American modernism” enjoyed exotic ingredients and minimalist kitchens long before either became a trend.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Grapes No. 2 © Irina/Flickr

But what’s not surprising is that O’Keeffe’s recipes are works of art in themselves, incorporating the vibrant flavors of the painter’s extraordinary surroundings and beyond. “She reveled in being able to forage and gather the natural bounty of the environment,” book publisher Assouline explains. From bright pink borscht to rich golden breads, O’Keeffe’s table was an edible palate of fresh ingredients.

Alongside author Robyn Lea’s brilliant images of the artist’s tempting rustic dishes, Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe includes photographs of O’Keeffe at home in her Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú kitchens, cooking for guests, and wandering the desert.

“For Georgia, food was elevated to an art form, not only in her works but in its preparation and consumption, in its purposes of carrying on beloved heritage and guarding against sickness,” Assouline writes. Lea’s new cookbook coincides with an in-depth survey of the free-spirited artist’s life at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern will run until July 23, 2017.