The Rusty Parrot Cookbook

Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Blog, Book Design, Books, Cover Design, Design Matters

Designing a cookbook is a treat. It requires a well thought out plan, a fair amount of organization, and order. And an eye towards aligning the complex more towards simplicity and clarity. It becomes a sacred, reverent experience for me. One similar to preparing for and cooking a special meal for a table full of your favorite people. In its truest form, the reader feels a certain excitement, confidence, and sense of proficiency ~ at a glance. The sense that the perfect process will ultimately lead to a lovely completed masterpiece of form, function, and flavor. Visually, the order and composition of each page must have a rhythm and a flow so that the images, ingredients, yield, and the directions are clear, concise, and structured to be easily referenced. Enticing. Ravishing perhaps.

The Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa in Jackson Hole is renowned for its gourmet and exquisite cuisine from its Wild Sage Restaurant. This 224-Page hardcover cookbook includes gorgeous photography and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for scrumptious breakfasts, dinners, and delicious desserts.

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The Rusty Parrot Cookbook: Recipes from Jackson Hole’s Acclaimed Lodge, © 2009 by Darla Worden and Eliza Cross, Photography by David Swift, published by Gibbs Smith. Book Jacket and Interior Book Design by Michelle Farinella Design.

*Design Award*
Certificate of Excellence in Design, Book and Cover Design
The Art Directors Club of New Jersey, 2009

*Design Award*
American Graphic Design Award
Excellence in Communication and Design, Book and Cover Design
Graphic Design USA, 2009

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The book is organized into recipes that correspond with each of the four seasons. And, throughout the seasonal recipes, the authors share some photos, essays, and poems of Jackson Hole’s history, art, and wildlife.

A small sampling of the recipes include: Grand Mariner French Toast, Rosemary and Green Tea Smoked Duck Breast with Sweet Potato-Sage Gnocchi and Pomegranate Jus, Cinnamon Beignets with Espresso Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate, and Kahlua Cheesecake with Vanilla-Macedamia Nut Crust.
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The Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa was named the number one hotel in the Continental U.S. and Canada by Travel & Leisure readers World’s Best Awards. We certainly get the sense that this destination lodge in the West would be a treasured experience year round.

This cookbook lets you share in the experience of being part of The Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa by providing lots of wonderful recipes to enrich every season.

Organization, order, and clarity are often the perfect recipe!

4 Comments

  1. Angela
    May 12, 2010

    You are awesome!

  2. Doug Finley
    May 21, 2010

    This cookbook looks fab. Congrats on the awards it won. Did you art direct the photography? It looks delish.

    • Michelle Farinella
      December 16, 2010

      Thank you, Doug. Definitely delish. No I didn’t art direct the photo shoot for these beautiful shots, but would have loved to shoot these in your studio for sure!