Big Deals: The CFDA's Fashionable Cookbook

Models eat cake at the Fall 08 Lorick fashion presentation

Women's Wear Daily reports that the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) will be releasing a cookbook in September.

The volume will be published by Assouline, with proceeds benefiting the fashion nonprofit, and the 100 recipes contributed by designers and other fashionable sorts will be prefaced by an introduction from noted fashion plate (no, seriously, she's a former model) Martha Stewart.

[Author Lisa Marsh] highlights that Zac Posen’s butterscotch cookie recipe was passed through his family for years, and that Carolina Herrera started eating pommes toupinel when she met her husband’s family. The designers’ choices range from comfort food (Cynthia Rowley turned in a recipe for mac & cheese, albeit with truffles) to cuisines reflecting their ethnic roots (Yigal Azrouël selected chicken tagine) to plain old overachieving (Francisco Costa turned in an entire menu, though only one recipe could be included). The designers also sketched illustrations of their food, creating a “hybrid artbook-cookbook,” said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb.

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