Food52 is already an established resource for food-trend-spotting, but now they’re talking about the next cool thing in crafting. The website’s kitchen and home shop, Provisions, is a big deal for us aspiring Gwyneths and Blakes — those of us who will not rest until our kitchen counters match our dish towels match our vintage tea kettles match our Le Creuset collection glossed in limited edition black onyx. So we took notice when Provisions stocked a collection of hand-embroidered vintage cookbooks by Brooklyn-based artist Jessica Reed.
Reed sources vintage cookbooks and then hand-stitches delicate details onto the covers, turning them into one-of-a-kind works of art. For sale on Food52 are The James Beard Cookbook, Julia Child + Company, French Provincial Cooking, Italian Food, How To Eat Better For Less Money and The French Chef Cookbook — all culinary classics you should have on your shelf anyway.
Reed also embroiders literary works (as well as other cookbooks) on her Etsy page. This Brit + Co writer’s personal favorite is the stitched-up copy of The Feminine Mystique. Is using a seminal feminist work of literature as an embroidery plate called fifth-wave feminism?
If you don’t find the book you’re looking for, Reed’s Etsy page states you may mail her a book of your choosing to be embroidered.
If you could have one book get a Jessica Reed treatment, which one would it be? Let us know in the comments below!