Penguin Great Food: a sneak peek

Penguin is due to release its next big themed series in April. This time the focus is on Great Food with covers based on ceramic styles

Penguin is due to release its next big themed series in April. This time the focus is on Great Food with covers based on ceramic styles

The 20 books bring together “the sharpest, funniest, most delicious writing about food from the past 400 years,” according to Penguin. We will be publishing a more in-depth review of the series in a forthcoming edition but, for now, here are advance copies of the first three in the series.

The covers were designed by the Penguin’s senior cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith. Each one draws on a decorative ceramic style relevant to the period of the writing concerned.

Cover for Love in a Dish and other pieces by MFK Fisher. Cover design based on a pattern from a Century side plate by Eva Zeisel for Hallcraft, 1957

The covers feature embossed lettering and spot varnishes to pick out the details of the illustrations. Note also the special version of the Penguin logo, cutlery at the ready. Bickford-Smith worked closely with picture editor Samantha Johnson and lettering artist Stephen Raw on the series.

Cover for Everlasting Syllabub and the Art of Carving by Hannah Glasse. Cover design based on a pattern from a plate by the Bow Porcelain Factory, 1770.

Cover for Exciting Food for Southern Types by Pellegrino Artusi. Cover design based on a pattern from a bowlby Ulisse Cantagalli, Florence, 1892.

The Penguin Great Food will be published in Penguin Paperback on April 7, priced £6.99 each.



Last year Penguin teamed up with RED to produce new covers for eight Penguin classics, which we reported on here.

Penguin 75: the stories behind the covers reveals some of the secrets behind Penguin’s cover designs. Read about it here.

Penguin on Design series.

Penguin by Illustrators book.




CR in print

Thanks for reading the CR Blog, but if you’re not reading us in print too, you’re missing out on a richer, deeper view of your world. Our Type Annual issue has 100 pages of great content, featuring the best typefaces of the year and great writing from Rick Poynor, Jeremy Leslie, Eliza Williams and Gavin Lucas. It’s printed on four different, beautiful heavyweight paper stocks and offers a totally different experience to the Blog. You can buy it today by calling +44(0)207 292 3703 or go here to buy online. Better yet, subscribe to CR, save yourself almost a third and get Monograph for free plus a host of special deals from the CR Shop. Go on, treat yourself.


More from CR

The Feltron 2010 Annual Report

For the past five years, graphic designer Nicholas Felton has been documenting the minutiae of his life via infographics in the Feltron Annual Reports. This year’s Report, however, switches focus to the remarkable life of Felton’s father

W+K Amsterdam is recruiting for The Kennedys

Ad agency Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam has launched The Kennedys, an apprentice programme for young creatives of all disciplines, which offers the opportunity for participants to move to the city and work at the agency for six months, with pay and everything…

Making the cut…

La Boca’s recent work for Black Swan may suggest a renaissance in film poster design but, with multiple executions and a tortuous approval process, this remains a complex, frustrating industry to work in.

Graphic Designer

Fushi Wellbeing

Creative Designer

Monddi Design Agency