Spain is emerging as something of a global hub for strange, whimsical publishing. Stack subscribers received the fantastic Perdiz magazine last month, a magazine that exists solely to explore the many meanings of happiness. And last week I received Cook Book, a half-magazine, half-book made in Madrid and given to the most fantastical thematic meandering.
It takes a single individual as its subject – in this case graphic designer Albert Folch, and uses their favourite books, films, pieces of music, etc as the inspiration for short stories, photo essays, illustrative briefs and even a fashion shoot.
The writing is all of an exceptionally high quality (at least the English is – I’m afraid I can’t speak for the Spanish) and I loved the process of figuring out what Cook Book is all about. It was just difficult enough to take me the best part of an hour’s reading, but easily rewarding enough to ensure that I kept going.