MUD BOOK: How to Make Pies and Cakes by composer John Cage and textile designer Lois Long is a completely enchanting little book, even more so when you learn the history of it. With a 5x5 trim size, gorgeously thick, creamy pages and a sturdy cloth binding, this beautifully crafted book is definitely for book lovers. But, it really, truly is a book for kids with a step-by-step, detailed recipe for making a mud, pebble and dandelion decorated birthday cake.
This version of MUD BOOK: How to Make Pies and Cakes, magnificently rendered by Princeton Architectural Press, is the second printing. In the mid-1950s, Cage and Long, "created the original Mud Book on a kitchen table with mud, newspaper and dandelion blossoms." Then, they put it aside, rediscovering it in the 1980s. In 1983, Long and Cage printed a limited edition of 500 copies. The handmade feel of the book comes through in this newest edition. The pages are hand lettered in pencil and inked over, their are mud spatters on the pages and erased pencil can be seen underneath ink and paint, making it all the more charming. Cage and Long end MUD BOOK: How to Make Pies and Cakes with these words of wisdom and humor, "Mud pies are to make and to look at and enjoy. Not to eat."
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