The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

Book design and print production


9 × 11 inches, cloth hardcover
264 pages, 285 images
2,500 copies, first edition
Published 2015


Essentially an illustrated bibliography, this book showcases one of the world’s largest private collections of African American cookbooks, ranging from rare nineteenth-century texts to modern classics. Over the course of three months I looked through the author’s collection of more than 150 cookbooks, marking pages to be scanned and taking note of the vast array of visual styles. Getting to know the material so intimately greatly informed my design choices for the book.


  • 2016 James Beard Award Winner in Reference and Scholarship
  • The 30th Annual New York Book Show: First Place General Trade
  • 51st AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show: Scholarly Illustrated Selection