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Mud Book John Cage, Lois Long

Mud Book

How to Make Pies and Cakes

John Cage Lois Long

Details: Hardcover
Size: 4.87 X 5 IN
Pages: 36
Color: 26
Publication Date: 04/04/2017
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616895525


In the mid-1950s, legendary avant-garde composer John Cage and artist Lois Long created a truly marvelous object. Part artist's book, part cookbook, and part children's book, Mud Book is a spirited, if not satirical, take on almost every child's first attempt at cooking and making. Through the humble mud pie add dirt and water! Cage and Long encourage children to explore their imagination and to get their hands dirty, and they offer this warning: Mud pies are to make and look at, not to eat. A unique hybrid of art book, unconventional cookbook, and inspiration for young makers, this new edition of Mud Book will delight children and parents alike, and makes a charming gift for all ages.

John Cage was born in Los Angeles, and studied music with Henry Cowell and Arnold Schonberg before becoming the musical director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He is known for revolutionizing the parameters in music, experimenting with everyday objects as his instruments and incorporating elements of chance into his compositions. He is created with conducing the first happenings' at Black Mountain College, and is celebrated for his writings, poetry, and work in the graphic arts arena.

Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal

[Mud Book] offers fanciful lessons that are matched by illustrations in daubs of brown, black and yellow paint.

Educating Alice

Happily for us Princeton Architectural Press has brought back this delightful and charming little book. It is adorable and perfect for little ones who want to explore the world of making food (real or play).


Mud Book is a completely enchanting little book. With a 5x5 trim size, gorgeously thick, creamy pages and a sturdy binding, this beautifully crafted book is definitely for book lovers.