Advertising photographer Jan Willem Scholten always carried a Moleskine notebook with him, during his years of traveling the globe. It was written with simple, but appetising recipes. Wherever he was, he could always create the most beautiful dishes in a minute with his personal Lexington. Next to this, he illustrated these recipes with unique drawings: from a happy chicken with a bottle of red wine to the torso of the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar.
Without giving up any publicity, his wife contacted a publisher who was interested in publishing this special booklet, with the idea to give it to her husband as a gift for his 50th birthday. And here is the result: a personal, uncomplicated little black book that represents their love and a lasting memento for their daughter. Jan Willem can cook a nice dish, although he has never been trained to be a chef. However, the step from camera to ladle is less significant than you might think: cooking is just such a creative activity as photography.
The recipes are partly of personal signature, partly from Johannes van Dam and not to forget the kitchen secrets of his southern Italian mother-in-law. All recipes have been successfully approved and quantified by several foodies, his wife Novella and daughter Vicky Lou.