Rachel Khoo


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April 10th, 2014

Love, Likes, Bits & Bobs – April 2014

1. Abigail Warner Pretty Pastel Notelets

abigail warner

If you’re a regular (or semi-regular) reader of my blog, you might know that I’m a stationery fiend. Sweet notebooks, fountain pens, beautiful writing paper, fun post-it notes – you name it, I’ll want to get my hands on it. I recently fell in love with Abigail Warner’s bespoke stationery line, particularly her Pretty Pastel Notelet range. You can find the range online here.

2. Desert Island Discs

Judith Kerr

I’m looking forward to the return of Desert Island discs next month. A wonderful insight into creative, clever and funny minds, the BBC Radio program provides fantastic company, especially when I’m in the kitchen. Kirsty Young is such a switched on interviewer, and I love the questions that she poses to her ‘castaways’.

3. Miss Representation film

The thought-provoking brainchild of filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, this film explains that if we want to understand more about how society functions, then we need to understand more about the media. Miss Representation sheds a light on how the media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions. The Representation Project encourages us to ‘rewrite the story’ when it comes to gender stereotypes. A must see for women and men, alike!

4. The 1949 Fireside Cookbook: Illustrated Culinary Advice from James Beard


Cute illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen

“There is absolutely no substitute for good food. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor.” Wise words indeed, found in The 1949 Fireside Cookbook: Illustrated Culinary Advice from James Beard. Aren’t the illustrations in the 1949 classic just gorgeous? These drawings are by creative duo Alice and Martin Provensen (I love that they used to illustrate children’s books together). I’m a big fan of recipe books dotted with illustrations 🙂

5. Quentin Blake e-cards


Need to send an Easter card? Bored with your usual (egg) options? These divine Quentin Blake e-cards are sure to brighten up someone’s day! Wouldn’t mind one of his illustrations in a print version, too.

6. The illustrated veggie burger


Continuing the illustrative theme. This is definitely my kind of burger.

8. Wadjda film

A beautiful and brave story. Has anyone else seen this film yet? I recently found out that it’s the first feature movie shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Wadjda definitely makes me realise that I was very fortunate growing up as a girl in the UK and Austria.

9. Women in Food Culinary Salon 2014.

women in food

The Divertimenti Culinary Salon returns to London next month, running from May 6–8. There are some really interesting women speaking, and I’m sure it’ll provide an honest insight into what it’s like for women working in the culinary world. Visit the Divertimenti website for more details.

10. Peek-a-look into different artists’ scrapbooks (via Another Mag)


Image via Another Mag: William S. Burroughs & Brion Gynsin, Untitled (scrapbook A), 1964 – 70. Courtesy of Andrew Roth and PPP Editions

My new show shares snippets from my notebook: bits and bobs that inspire me, my sketches and illustrations, and little ideas that grow into new recipes. It’s safe to say that I’m an advocate for any kind of notebook! London’s Institute of Contemporary Art is currently exhibiting (until May 11) ‘Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks’. Sounds like an interesting exhibition. It’s going on my to do/to see list.

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6 thoughts on “Love, Likes, Bits & Bobs – April 2014

  1. Hi Rachel,

    I have loved you since the “Little Paris Kitchen”. You are so refreshing to watch and you inspire us to be young forever. I’m 62 and every time I watch one of your shows on TV or read your newsletter in my inbox, I feel like I’m 20 all over again! Thank you for bringing such fun to women of all ages (and some men too!). You make cooking, crafting, traveling, everything…. enjoyable and delightful as you pull us into your world and take us with you on your journeys. Would love to see more of your artwork – I think you are very talented! There’s no one else like you doing what you do as far as I know so keep up the great work and we’ll see you on your next journey!

    1. Aww thanks so much Pam, that’s really great to hear. I hope you’re keeping your eyes peeled for the launch of my new project Khoollect.com – it’s going to feature all of the things you love and more! If you haven’t already, head over to the Khoollect website and sign up for my newsletter.

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