Medium: Bound book with 22 pages (including title page and two blank pages); 18 pages, one of which is a double page: 11 pages, hand-colored offset lithographs, 6 pages, offset lithographs, 9 pages with gold leaf or gold paper collage details.
Sheet size: 17 1/8 x 10 3/4 inches, each (double page: 17 1/8 x 21 1/2 inches)
Edition size: Unknown
Created in collaboration with Suzie Frankfurt who provided the recipes.
Lettering by Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola.
Fuchsia buckram board cover. Interior cover inscribed “To Cipe Andy Warhol” in ink.
The book retains 6 sheets of fuchsia interleaving tissue paper.
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Wild Raspberries is a late but prime example of the social and whimsical aspects of Warhol’s 1950s book publishing practice. The book consists of recipes accompanied by detailed illustrations. In this copy of the book, eleven pages are hand-colored in vibrant hues and some have hand-applied gold leaf and collage elements. Although the images depict enticing cakes and platters, upon closer inspection, the recipes are for dishes such as “Roast Iguana” and “Salade de Alf Landon,” the latter of which describes a bombe with lobster tails and capers. Clearly, the cookbook is satirical, designed to parody the complex French cookbooks that were in vogue in the 1950s.
For Warhol, the book was not about cooking, but rather another exercise in collaboration. The recipes were written by his then-new friend Suzie Frankfurt, a prominent interior decorator with a well-connected husband who worked in advertising. Frankfurt first encountered Warhol’s work at the stylish Upper East Side café Serendipity 3 in 1959, where he frequently gathered with friends and exhibited drawings and prints. She arranged to meet the artist through her husband, and they immediately struck up a friendship. Enchanted by her childhood spent in Malibu among celebrities and her taste in antique jewelry, the two spent time shopping and dining together.
The idea for Wild Raspberries emerged over dinner at Frankfurt’s home in September 1959. Warhol created the drawings and Frankfurt wrote the recipes, which Warhol’s mother then wrote out in her unique script. Frankfurt and Warhol also enlisted the help of four small boys that lived in Frankfurt’s apartment building to assist with coloring the illustrations. A group of rabbis in downtown Manhattan hand-bound the books when finished. The pair approached Bloomingdale’s and local bookstores, convinced that there would be an outpouring of interest. Sadly, the book generated none and was primarily given to friends and as gifts—hence its rarity today.
This copy of Wild Raspberries belonged to Cipe Pineles. Warhol frequently gifted Pineles copies of his self-published works as a way of staying in touch. Given her prominence in the publishing world, it comes as no surprise that Warhol paid special attention to this copy of Wild Raspberries intended for her. Uniquely, this copy features gold leaf and gold paper collage elements throughout, applied generously to almost every page, especially those that are not hand-colored. This copy also features a vibrant pink cover with half-sheets of pink tissue paper between several pages to match. The interior of the cover includes the inscription, “To Cipe Andy Warhol.”
Warhol’s decision to send Pineles Wild Raspberries in particular carries special significance as Pineles was known not only for her prominence as an art director, but also for her illustrations of food. After immigrating from Vienna in 1915, she enrolled at Pratt Institute to study fine art. In her graduation portfolio, her love of food appears in watercolors of bread loaves and chocolate cakes. These were noticed by her classmates and alongside her senior portrait a quote from a peer proclaims “The most remarkable water colorist in our class. Boys, it’s too late: Cipe is wedded to her art– and they’re both happy.” Years later she would incorporate similar culinary paintings in her professional work. Most notably, in 1948, she illustrated an article about potatoes for Seventeen magazine which won her an Art Director’s Club award.
Pineles completed a manuscript for a cookbook of her own, titled Leave Me Alone with the Recipes, in 1945 (published in 2017 after the manuscript was discovered at an antiquarian book fair). This personal project included illustrations of Eastern European Jewish food alongside hand-scripted recipes passed down from her mother. The manuscript’s whimsical imagery and playful lettering echo those in Wild Raspberries. Pineles likely recognized these shared stylistic sensibilities.
Wild Raspberries was one of the last self-published books Warhol produced before turning toward Pop art in the early 1960s. By this time, Warhol was also increasingly disinterested in commercial work, and since many of the books he produced in the 1950s were designed to entice clients, the practice was no longer a priority for him. However, the many people and steps involved in creating Wild Raspberries set the stage for the way Warhol would work at his infamous Factory in the coming years. The publication also cemented Warhol and Frankfurt’s lifelong friendship.