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A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve: Cooking With Date Syrup

Featured image Michael Rakowitz & Claudia Roden – Image Credit- Caroline Irby

Anyone visiting London will not have failed to notice the Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture occupying the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. ‘The invisible enemy should not exist’ was created from over 10,000 tins of date syrup and erected in 2018.

Following the success of the sculpture Michael Rakowitz has now joined with friends and chefs from around the world – including Claudia Roden, Yotam Ottolenghi, Nuno Mendes, Giorgio Locatelli, Anissa Helou and Prue Leith to contribute to his new cookbook, A House with A Date Palm Will Never Starve.

The invisible enemy should not exist, Michael Rakowitz, 2018. Fourth Plinth, 
Trafalgar Square. Image courtesy GLA.

Iraqi-American Rakowitz sees the cookbook as a way to taste the sculpture, whose empty tins are replenished with the syrup in these pages and – soon enough – in kitchens across the world. The volume spans nine sections and features exquisite food styling and photography – by contributor Olia Hercules and Joe Woodhouse respectively – alongside sketches from the artist himself to illustrate each chapter.

The launch of the cookbook coincides with a major exhibition of artworks by Rakowitz at The Whitechapel Gallery taking place there from 4 June – 25 August. The artist’s debut survey premieres his most important projects from two decades, with eight multifaceted installations drawing on architecture, cultural artefacts and cuisine. Rakowitz is also showing culinary-inspired work at FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A until 20 October.

A House With a Date Palm Will Never Starve: Cooking With Date Syrup is published by Art / Books on 8 July 2019, £19.95 hardback, ISBN 9781908970497,

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