Andy Warhol is a steeple in the art community, the artist is best known for making the Campbell’s Soup Can an American icon, although Warhol made it a practice to turn this once simple can of soup into one of America’s treasures, did you know that he was never interested in the culinary arts to begin with?! He was fascinated by Campbell’s in particular because he said it was the only food he could eat for a long period of time, without the flavor ever being compromised; Warhol claimed to haven eaten this delicacy from a can for 20 years, he was most impressed with how the soup could taste the same, no matter who was consuming it. Talk about strong a flavor profile!
Even though Warhol was not interested in the culinary arts, he did love the art of food, in 1959 he and socialite Suzie Frankfurt dabbled in creating a cookbook entitled Wild Raspberries, the book has 19 audacious drawings and lithographs, which is currently being auctioned off at Christie’s through August 2nd.
The recipes in the cookbook feature misspellings (intentionally done by Warhol), and has outrageous instructions, such as: “Piglet a la Trader Vic’s,” which tells the chef to request a chauffeur to the plaza hotel and order a pig to go. The “Omelet Greta Garbo” recipe is near the end of the book and it is crucial that it “Always to be eaten alone in a candlelit room.”
The purpose of Wild Raspberries is to poke fun at the ever-so-serious chefs that followed famous French cookbooks closely throughout the 1950’s. This book was made before the Campbell’s Soup Can painting and in my opinion it’s a lot more interesting. The drawings make fun of food in a way that everyone can relate too. So have a good laugh, while viewing Warhol’s first masterpiece!