O’Keeffe, well known for her striking paintings of the Southwest, carried her creativity into the kitchen, where she took great pride in her healthy culinary style. The meals served in her household focused on homegrown and natural foods. They were always tasty, nutritious, modest, and beautifully prepared. A Painter’s Kitchen is Margaret Wood’s recollection of seventy recipes from Georgia O’Keeffe’s kitchen. As Miss O’Keeffe’s companion for five years, Wood’s responsibilities included, among other things, preparing many of the meals. O’Keeffe directed Miss Wood in the preparation of simple, delicious food using many fresh ingredients and insisted that Wood pay scrupulous attention to every step of food production and preparation. Besides containing recipes from Miss O’Keeffe’s kitchen, the book describes in charming detail Miss O’Keeffe’s outlook on food, philosophy, life, art, and the world, while maintaining respect for the artist’s well-known desire for privacy.
Organized into seven categories: Salads, Soups, Vegetables, Main Dishes, Breads, Grains & Cereals, Desserts and Beverages, readers have plenty to choose from. Enjoy such dishes as Baked Chicken with Lemon, Mashed Potatoes with Dandelion Greens, Almond Soup or Atomic Muffins. The revised edition features a new foreword by celebrated cookbook author and local food advocate Deborah Madison.
Working for Georgia O’Keeffe as a companion from 1977 to 1982, Margaret spent many enjoyable hours preparing healthy food under O’Keeffe’s direction. Since 1988, she has been a speech-language pathologist. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she also spends her time writing short stories and continues her pleasure in cooking.
Founding chef of Green restaurant, Debra is the author of ten books on food and cooking. A gardener and small-farm advocate, she makes her home in Galisteo, New Mexico.