A Cooked Book

Michael Miller
A newsletter about cooking, the writing process, and the aesthetics of cookbook design.
Created 04 Jul 2021
  • Can a Cookbook Change Your Life?
    26 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    This excerpt from Bill Addison’s excellent piece on Chez Panisse in the Los Angeles Times he writes, “When I began interviewing for baking jobs in restaurants a few years later, mentioning Shere’s coo...
  • Today Was Made For Ice Cream
    06 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    Martin Parr This summer so far is impressively sticky and hot. My desire to accomplish anything in this extreme humidity feels like a defeat. Sleeping is hard. Thinking is hard. Working feels hard. Al...
  • Talking Food with Stacey Panousopoulos
    19 Jul 2021 • 20 min read
    Michael: Hello. Hey, how are you doing? Stacey: Good, darling. How are you? Michael: Oh, I just did a nice run this morning, so I'm pretty much doing fine. Stacey: Wonderful. That's good. It feels lik...
  • A newsletter about cookbook design and their recipes.
    04 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to A Cooked Book by me, Michael Miller. Graphic designer living in Brooklyn always looking for a wine recommendation or a new cooking tool or set me up with a date. Instagram is @mr.michaelmil...
    17 May 2021 • 3 min read
    Diane Arbus 1962 I take particular pride in being self-sufficient; New York is the best place to be independent in most circumstances. I’m always in search of an element of kismet. With most events re...
  • Baking the Milk Bar Way
    03 May 2021 • 3 min read
    “So I came up with ways to make desserts seem larger than the sum of their parts: shortcakes and pies somehow became elevated into something else” Finding iconic desserts in New York is one of the eas...
  • Alison Roman Taught Me to Love Grocery Shopping
    26 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    As someone who rarely gets sick, the second COVID vaccine knocked me on my ass. I got the shot, bought my favorite Dunkin iced coffee, and felt just as productive, getting work done feeling great. Twe...
  • Where Cooking Begins
    19 Apr 2021 • 2 min read
    “Cooking begins when you feel the spark, when you know what you’re hungry for.” I turned 32 last week (see enclosed baby pictures), and with another solo birthday, I wanted to do something special and...
  • My first cookbook
    12 Apr 2021 • 2 min read
    My earliest cooking memories involve burning myself. As a toddler, I put my hand down on a hot, bright red electric stove burner, then years later forgetting to grab a towel and burning myself with a ...
  • Why cookbook design?
    05 Apr 2021 • 2 min read
    Professionally I'm an art director with a specialization in graphic design. My career considers mood boards, branding, typography, color, and choosing just the right photography. Being a graphic desig...
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