Charlotte Birnbaum

  • The Meal

    The Meal

    A Conversation with Gilbert & George

    Gilbert & George and Charlotte Birnbaum

    Gilbert & George never cook and always eat out. Back in 1969, however, the artist duo hosted The Meal, an elaborate dinner party that included thirteen guests, Princess Margaret's butler, a chef who prepared a meal from a Victorian cookery manual, and the guest of honor, artist David Hockney. While the art world of the time was largely characterized by Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art, Gilbert & George developed an entirely unique philosophy and combined their daily lives with their artistic vision; in short, their art and life are one! Charlotte Birnbaum took a trip to London's East End to visit the immaculately dressed pair to discuss The Meal and other curious projects from their fifty-year collaboration. Also included here are photos and memorabilia from the singular event.

    On the Table is a series of publications edited by Charlotte Birnbaum that explores the encounter between food and art.

    • Hardcover $24.00
  • Bon! Bon!

    Bon! Bon!

    On the Charms of Sweet Cuisine

    Charlotte Birnbaum

    People have used honey, dates, and fruits to sweeten their dishes since time immemorial, but with the introduction of sugar—“white gold”—into cooking and baking, a whole array of delightful flavors and culinary possibilities was unearthed. Sugar was the building block for edible sculptures and model palaces made for festivals and celebrations thousands of years ago, and the main ingredient in lavish creations for Rococo and Baroque banquets. A life without cakes, pastries, tarts, soufflés, meringues, petits fours, or marzipan would be unimaginable! In Bon! Bon!, Charlotte Birnbaum uncovers the wonderful world of all things sugary through surprising anecdotes and historical accounts, each accompanied by delectable recipes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

    On the Table is a series of publications edited by Charlotte Birnbaum that explores the encounter between food and art.

    • Hardcover $24.00
  • Pies, Pâtés, and Pastries

    Pies, Pâtés, and Pastries

    Secrets Old and New of the Art of Cooking

    Charlotte Birnbaum

    Pies, pâtés, and pastries are the noblest of foods. Their inner life is always a secret; their outer form, a sculpture. No other dishes are so well suited to surprises and culinary amusements. In her enchanting and historically enlightening little book, Charlotte Birnbaum traces the life of such delicacies through diverse cultures and traditions. Here, wondrous anecdotes of noblemen and farmers alike are woven together, each accompanied by toothsome recipes.

    • Hardcover $25.00
  • The Beauty of the Fold

    The Beauty of the Fold

    A Conversation with Joan Sallas

    Charlotte Birnbaum

    Joan Sallas, a virtuoso of the fold, has meticulously researched and mastered the history and techniques of the art of the fold. With the banquet table as setting, his expertise and philosophy pour forth in the form of splendid, folded linen.

    In this precious book, Sallas shares his folding wisdom, which Charlotte Birnbaum contextualizes in two essays on the history of napkin folding. The texts are accompanied by an illustrated catalogue of folding techniques.

    • Hardcover $22.00
  • Three Banquets for a Queen

    Three Banquets for a Queen

    Charlotte Birnbaum

    In 1668, Queen Christina of Sweden was greeted in Rome with three spectacular banquets that surpass all historical precedents and successors in the register of extravagant gastronomy. As the first publication of her series, On the Table, Charlotte Birnbaum presents Antonio degli Effetti's newly translated seventeenth-century text, which elaborately describes the three feasts in all their sumptuous and performative glory. The original text, dotted with quotations from Ovid's Metamorphoses and Virgil's Aeneid, outlines the lavish preparations for the celebrations, the dining experience—designed by Bernini, no less—and the delectably boundless menus themselves. The text is contextualized by two essays and a foreword by Charlotte Birnbaum.

    • Hardcover $22.00