I believe you all know by now that I like cats. It could be that I am owned by four of them. Then there is my Instagram feed that is cat photo after cat photo after cat photo. It could be the fact that while I am typing this I have 15lbs of orange cat sitting on my right arm. No matter what the reason is I was immensely curious when I was asked if I wanted to review a coloring book called Cooking with Cats. I said as long as the cats weren’t actually cooked, I was fine with being sent a copy at no charge. Even better the publisher offered 5 copies to giveaway to lucky readers.
About Cooking with Cats
…Because everything tastes better with a little cat hair in it.
It’s a curious combo of cats, cupcakes, and colors. Have you ever seen a sushi cat? Ever colored a cat on a cupcake? What about a cat taking a bath in the crockpot? This curious collection by artist Jess Erskine features 25 original illustrations of cats cooking, playing, sleeping and chilling in the kitchen, and posing with only the most delectable gourmet delights.
Mix cute cats + your favorite foods + Jess Erskine’s detailed illustrations and you have the perfect coloring book for cat lovers, foodies, and coloring fans of all ages.
All 25 illustrations in COOKING WITH CATS are original, high-resolution images (NOT clip art or reprints) with smooth, clean, crisp lines.
The book is printed at the same facilities that print the best-selling coloring books on Amazon, with quality 60# paper, perfect for colored pencils and pens.
To minimize coloring bleed-through, all images are printed on one side of the paper only, which also means they are easy to clip and frame.
Granted, COOKING WITH CATS is a pretty crazy combination, but it makes for some delightful and delicious coloring pages, and never fails to put a smile on people’s faces. It’s fun to color, fun to share with friends. And those friends will definitely want to see every single color filled masterpiece you create.
About the Illustrator:
ess is a self-taught illustrator, and the founder of Rolling Donut Press, where she currently specializes in coloring books, creative journals and children’s books.
Jess developed her love for illustration thru an early obsession over Hal Foster’s “Prince Valiant” comic series. Most of her childhood was spent listening to vintage radio programs, annoying her brothers, and poring over Foster’s beautifully detailed illustrations.
When she isn’t nose-deep in illustration, these days Jess can be found playing with her hellion cat Morty, collaborating with her dad Jim Erskine, striving for the highest Tetris score and searching for the world’s best donuts.
Q&A with Author/Illustrator JESS ERSKINE
How did you come up with the idea for COOKING WITH CATS?
My dad thought of it first, so I stole it from him and ran with it… mashing cats together with every kind of food I love, like cupcakes and coffee and sushi and cinnamon buns. It’s hard to look at this coloring book without your mouth watering.
Do you have any cats of your own?
I do. Morty is my favorite cat of all time, and he knows it. But he’s also a butt. He’s packed full of attitude and spice, and was the model for some of the pages in COOKING WITH CATS. His favorite activities are attacking legs, chasing bugs, hide and seek, naps, and watching “The Office” with me. But he’s still a butt.
Are any of your drawings mean to cats?
Well, a little DEmeaning maybe… but no, they are not mean or cruel. And if they were, I wouldn’t admit it anyway. For instance, there is Sushi Cat, who is wrapped up in some sushi. But did I cut him up? No. As you can see in his picture, he’s just an excellent food cosplayer.
PS – doesn’t Sushi Cat there look a bit like Stinky when she wants her dinner NOW!?
Do you really eat food with cat hair in it?
Not knowingly. However, I recently had a tonsillectomy and I still can’t taste anything. So I wouldn’t know if I did. But I’d say I probably have recently.
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The illustrations are adorable, silly, at times a little odd and definitely quirky. I did enjoy looking through them and some made me laugh out loud. Ms. Erskine is obviously very talented and the book will make a wonderful gift for the cat lover in your life.
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