Recipes From the Kitchen Drawer: A Graphic Cookbook is a collection of classic recipes in the form of simple, expertly drawn graphic drawings. Each recipe is broken down into easy-to-follow steps, all cleverly displayed on one graphic table top, a bit like a comic strip recipe for grown-ups.

This is real comfort food that author and illustrator Helen Ashley grew up with, including wholesome recipes for tomato soup, cauliflower cheese, sausage casserole, scones and flapjacks.

It's the perfect cookbook for home cooks on a budget and the ideal gift for students, twentysomethings and
cash-strapped mums. Brilliant graphics combined with sensational yet affordable dishes make this the ideal cookery book for recession-hit Britain and a must-have for every kitchen table.

recipe animation

aduki bean burgers

audio and video clips

Random Reads: video podcast

BBC Radio Leicester: radio interview

originally broadcast 13th September 2012


saturday telegraph magazine serialisation



Helen Ashley was born in London.

After training as an architect at the University of Cambridge, she worked as an exhibition designer, illustrator, and graphic designer in New York City and the UK.

She currently divides her time between London and the Leicestershire countryside working as an art director for film and high-end television.

Recipes from the Kitchen Drawer: A Graphic Cookbook is her first book, and was published by Square Peg (part of the Penguin Random House group) in September 2012.

Recipes from the Kitchen Drawer: A Graphic Cookbook is now available at all good bookstores, including the following:

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