book review: Menus for Chez Panisse

Imagine a restaurant willing to have beautifully letterpressed menus for a single night’s, special-event dinner… now imagine being the lucky artist who gets to create those menus! Patricia Curtan’s talent shines in Menus for Chez Panisse, a collection of over 100 handmade menus for the Berkeley, California restaurant. With hand-set type and hand-carved linoleum block images, each menu is unique and a work of art.

You can pick up your copy of Menus for Chez Panisse from Princeton Architectural Press.


  1. says

    I’m sure this book is just beautiful. Did you know Chez Panisse celebrates their 40th this weekend? Also, another artist who’s done work for CP is the lovely Cynthia Warren. She’s done custom work for special menus there and her stuff is also gorgeous! Check her out.

  2. says

    Hi Victoria, I did know about the 40th! I think that was the inspiration for the book, actually. I did not know about Cynthia Warren and will certainly look her up. Thanks for the tip!

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