Shortlisted Books

Best Kitchen Basics

Designed by
Murray Batten
Category
Best Designed Cookbook
Year
2017
Publisher
Hardie Grant Books
Design Rationale

The design features the classic serif typeface Caslon, set elegantly against ink illustrations (drawn by Robin Cowcher) to represent the hero ingredients of each chapter. The restrained composition of the layout let the minimalist styling of the photography breathe, creating the same sense of sophistication of Mark’s Sydney restaurant. The title is set large and authoritatively, and a black and white colour palette is used to enhance the instantly classic tone of the book. To give a sense of quality we used black linen wibalin for the bottom half of the cover, with an elegant copper foil of the ingredients.

Details
Dimensions
213.3 x 267.3
No. pages
264
Special finishes
Linen Wibalin/Buckram Wibalin/Deboss/Copper Foil/Black Ribbon/Wibalin Endpapers
Credits
Internal Design
Murray Batten
Photography
Petrina Tinslay
Illustration
Robin Cowcher
Typesetting
Megan Ellis
Printing
1010
Author
Mark Best