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Christoph Hitz
Cookbook for Linzie
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Linzie helped me patch a big gaping hole in my cildhood  memory with one of her kidsbook postings. Thanks again Linzie, this one is for You.

I found this cookbook on a shelf in a dusty old factory. The Esquire cook book for man was published in 1955 by McGraw Hill. The  book is illustrated by Bill Charmatz. He did a couple of 4 color partition pages and a  ton of 2 color illustrations that alternate the spot color as the print form changes. Bill's illustrations have a great mix between humor and graphical whim that keep me entertained up to this day. Bill Charmatz died last year at the age of 80 years. He graced the magazine and book world with his illustrations for a half a century. The Society of Illustrators is hosting a memorial show in his honor this December in New York City.
The hardcover book has roughly 300 pages, that are designed with great typographical care using classical type faces like Futura, Bodoni and Garamond. The Art Director did a great job designing the book by giving the roughly 80 Charmatz illustrations plenty of space to breath. Some of the recipies list the restaurant where the dish was served. Finding
the book with some notes and clippings from the previous owner adds a personal value to this treasure.
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