≡ Menu

Cipe Pineles: An Art Director and her Cookbook


Cipe Pineles manuscript found

Borsht: one illustration of many in Cipe Pineles’s cookbook, “Leave me Alone with the Recipes.”

Cipe Pineles’ posthumous come-back

NPR’s Greta Jochem writes a fine tale about a “trail-blazing female designer, Cipe Pineles” and “a rare find” of Cipe’s work. In short, “Cipe Pineles manuscript found …”

Finder’s Keepers

In 2015, journalist and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton found an illustrated cookbook manuscript  at a rare book sale near San Francisco. She teamed up with writer and  friend Sarah Rich. Together they recruited writer and blogger Maria Popova and design writer Debbie Millman. The four women bought the manuscript. Then they added new material and created the beautiful “Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art & Cookbook of Cipe Pineles .

Cipe Pineles Manuscript Found, after Seventy Years in Limbo

A headline might read: ‘Cipe Pineles manuscript found!’ Cipe drew the text and illustrations for her cookbook in 1945, months after the U.S. Army sent her home to Brooklyn from Paris. (The Army had posted her to Paris as the art director of a magazine for women in American forces occupying Europe.) Seventy years would pass before Cipe’s manuscript turned up on a bookseller’s table in California.

Cipe Pineles and Her Book: a fuller story

Cipe was among the finest people I have known. She was my mother-in-law—but I have no direct connection with her book. Apart from her skills as a designer and illustrator, she was among the first women to break a glass ceiling and become the art director of major commercial magazines in North America. She was skilled, tough, and wonderfully sociable. For the full story of Cipe and her book, here is Greta Jochem’s full account