BAKING WITH DEPRESSION
LAYOUT & PHOTOGRAPHY
My senior thesis project, Baking With Depression, is a cookbook that explores crisis response through dessert. I was inspired by my personal experience during the pandemic and a curiosity about how our collective habits might be reflected in another challenging time in history; the Great Depression.
I was heavily influenced by vintage recipe photos (like, they are so unappetizing but I can’t look away), so I replicated the photostyling and editing of retro food photography. This cookbook also integrates a vintage aesthetic through type hierarchy and layout, while still remaining attractive to the modern eye.
The recipe copy takes on a relatable tone through cheeky, stream-of-consciousness instructions, so it feels like a friend is helping you in the kitchen.
Check out a PDF version of the book here.