Patricia Curtan

Menus for Chez Panisse

Patricia Curtan

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Menus for Chez Panisse is a collection of menus designed specifically for Chez Panisse. Menus were created in a variety of formats, which explains the larger trim to accommodate one, two, or three menus. Curtan includes wonderful anecdotes (about the restaurant, the people, the food, the occasions celebrated by the menus, and the process of designing and printing the menus). The book ends with an illustrated look at Curtan's process (press, type, design, linoleum blocks, etc). Also, samples of linoleum blocks are offered throughout the book.

Patricia Curtan

Patricia Curtan is an illustrator, designer, and printmaker. She has had a long association with Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California as cookbook illustrator, designer, and co-author; and cook. Menus for Chez Panisse — a collection of letterpress and linoleum-block special occasion menus printed for the restaurant over several decades — was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2012.

The Book

Artist Patricia Curtan has been a member of the Chez Panisse famillesince the restaurant’s earliest days. The menus she has chosen to include in this collection embody almost four decades of her artistry as an illustrator, a designer, a printer (and an accomplished cook).

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