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Tools For Food

To coincide with the Shoreditch Design Triangle for London Design Festival, Labour and Wait has collaborated with author, Corinne Mynatt on a launch and related display at their Redchurch Street shop, East London, marking her new publication Tools for Food: The stories behind objects that influence how and what we eat, published by Hardie Grant on 23 September 2021. Running from 18 – 26 September 2021, the launch will be accompanied by a display incorporating objects featured in the book, exhibited alongside Labour and Wait kitchen tool icons. Another presentation of the book’s content will feature at Labour and Wait’s recently opened second London shop at 48 Dorset Street, Marylebone. The display will be a nod to Julia Child’s kitchen, utilising the pegboard system to hang kitchen objects and tools. The book is the début publication for the Nashville-born, East London based writer, curator and creative producer.

The book’s content ranges from a 4th century Korean fermenting crock to a hyper-stylised, 21st century Italian lemon juicer, showing how each and every tool for food that has been made in part contributes to the way we eat, cook and live today. Organised by function – such as Prep & Wash, Weigh & Measure, Cut & Chop – the book features 250 of the best loved, most intriguing and indisputably iconic kitchen utensils, exploring everything from their historical relevance as a design object to their place in our homes today. Filled with little-known facts and fascinating photographs and illustrations of objects throughout, Tools for Food examines the relationship between cooking and culture in the most expansive of ways. 

The collaboration and display for Shoreditch Design Triangle as part of London Design Festival affirms the importance of considered and lasting design for both the author and Labour and Wait. The author Corinne Mynatt; Labour and Wait; the graphic designers, A Practice for Everyday Life; and Late Night event drinks provider are all East London based. 

The book has been designed by graphic design studio A Practice for Everyday Life, whose work has transformed the book into a coveted design object in itself. The internationally renowned studio has produced publications, exhibitions, identities, packaging and type design for a number of creative clients including the Barbican, Design Museum, Gagosian, Michael Anastassiades, and other institutions, galleries, artists, architects and designers. 

Tools for Food publishes on 16th September in the UK, USA and Australia, available to purchase online and at all good bookstores as well as EBook. The author will be present for book signing at Labour and Wait Redchurch St during the Shoreditch Design Triangle’s late night event on Tuesday 21st September. Drinks will be provided by the East London Liquor Company. Publication of a Japanese edition of Tools for Food has been confirmed, with further details and release date tbd. It will be published by Shufusha Publishing. 

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