Thursday, May 10, 2012

where the wild things are

This is my tribute to Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012), author and illustrator extraordinaire. Thank you, Maurice, for helping to awaken my love for language, and for inspiring so many delightful daydreams. All the wild plants in this recipe are found growing freely in my small, wildly neglected, and wildly alive backyard. To see my gallery of illustrated recipes, click here.


  1. Dear Debbie,
    Reminds me of something Sendak said: He once answered a child's note with a card with one of his drawings. The mother wrote back and said that the boy looked at the card and then ate it. Sendak said it was the best compliment he ever had. Your card is also close to edible.
    Love, Liz

  2. Spring greens! I love it. Thanks for the tempura recipe too.

  3. Most of our books are still in boxes and yesterday I desperately tried to find "Where the wild things are" to no avail... marvelous post, marvelous Mr Sendak.
    “Let the wild rumpus start!"

  4. Dear Debbie,
    Oooohhh!!! Your post reminds me of a Japanese spring! I want to have them all. Thank you.
    Cheers, Sadami

  5. This is great! And, I love how you framed it in. My paints arrived two days ago....gorgeous!! Haven't had time to dive into them yet.

    1. I had to add height to the original work to make it fit the dimension requirements of the They Draw and Cook website, so, when I scanned it, I laid it on top of a sheet of chiyogami (patterned washi paper) to create that border above and below the original.

  6. Fabulous - a fun and very attractive piece. Debbie, you must be a fantastic cook too.

    ps. Re your comment, Hokkaido does make me think of cold weather. Not that I've been there, but one day I will... during summer!


  7. This brings a tear to my eye & water to my mouth... a lovely & yummy tribute to a great artist.

  8. Love the tribute and wish I could sample the recipe. I don't think I'd find these ingredients in my yard though. Sendak was an inspiration to me, and I'm so glad to see other people loved him too.