Odd Recipes (2016)
Odd Recipes recreates a series of traditional recipes, turning undesirable looking foodstuffs from different countries into delicious meals, with the aim of highlighting London’s vast cultural diversity through food.
Through extensive research in the city’s food stores, from the Afro-Caribbean market to the Bangladeshi wholesale store, Takemura creates a cookery book of authentic but unseen meals. The recipes introduced here are based on the dialog between the artist and the store owners, utilising their serving ideas and suggestions, cooked by the artist herself.
The book takes a traditional English hardcover format, a reference to the fact that these meals represent remnants of what the British Empire generated through their expansions to Asia, large parts of Africa and many other territories throughout the world.
Takemura sees cooked meals as unintentional sculptures. The necessity to feed ourselves turns a meal into a piece of art. The aim of this book is to nurture discourse and meditation around culinary culture and the history behind it.