TDAC in the Classroom

Assignment: Illustrate a Recipe!

If you're an art teacher or professor, we'd love to help make a fun assignment out of asking your students to illustrate a recipe for They Draw & Cook.

Check out the recipes created by students from Savannah College of Art & DesignColumbus College of Art & Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Kent State University. We're happy to be as involved as you'd like us to be, from a kick-off skype to virtual crits.

After completing the assignment, you can direct your students to submit their recipe to this site (and include their school's name in the comment field of the submit form). We will post it for the world to see (assuming it meets our quality standards). TDAC is viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and quite a few art directors too!

Here are some guidelines to help you define the assignment. And, please, send an email to Salli if you have any questions, would like us to review sketches or to tell us that recipes will be on their way!


Illustrate a recipe that is a family favorite or tradition. The best illustrated recipes are full of love and emotion. These feelings usually come from the fact that the recipes chosen by many artists to illustrate have either been in their families for generations (i.e. Great Aunt Noni's Noodle Kugel or Nonna's Brown Sugar Figs) or evoke some very fond memories from the artist's childhood (i.e. Meatballs! or Veggie Dumplings). Grandma's are usually a great source for some really awesome recipes and fun stories to match, or simply recall a favorite meal from your childhood and ask a parent for the recipe. And, most importantly, have fun!

File Specifications

- 16.667" wide x 6.25" high (5000px wide x 1875px high)
- 300 dpi JPG in RGB color (this is VERY important)

Things Nate & Salli Love to See in a Recipe

Hand-lettering, smart typography and/or hand-drawn type, original and creative layouts, accurate instructions and emotion (humor, sweetness, tenderness, etc). And, it's always great when an illustration accomplishes something that a photograph could never achieve!

Keep the Gutter in Mind

Nate & Salli have already published many books of illustrated recipes from the TDAC collection. If you want your recipe to be considered for future publications, please try to be mindful of the potential gutter (the middle crease of a book).

Illustrating a Recipe from a Cookbook, Magazine or Website

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a detailed description, for example—that accompanies a recipe. You can make a published recipe your own by adding a favorite ingredient, illustrating the procedure in your own style, and/or modifying the procedure to make it better.