I immediately bookmarked this project as soon as I came across it. It speaks one word to me: ‘beautiful and perfect’. Oh wait that’s two words [insert laughing emoji]. ‘Five Morsels of Love’ is a collection of over 100 recipes based on G Nirmala Reddy’s 1974 South Indian cookbook Vanita Vanṭakālu. It is a study and narrative insight by Nirmala’s Reddy’s granddaughter Archana. The book was designed and made by a team of designers and photographers, with great attention to detail.
In Eszter’s own words:
“I worked on the graphic design and art direction of the book from Jan 2016 till the project completion in April 2016.
As this is a translation of a book more than 40 years old into a modern text I wanted the design to be contemporary without losing sight of the traditional heritage it is based on.
The book is divided into 6 sections – vegetables, meat & fish, rice, pickles and spice powders, all day snacks and sweets. I designed a double spread section separator for the beginning of each section with colors and patterns pertinent to the recipes in that section. Every hand drawn pattern represents the number five.
Photography – Chinmayie Bhat
Editing – Sonya Balasubramanyam
Graphic Design, Art Direction – Eszter Laki