Sunday's kitchen: food & living at Heide

Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan
Melbourne University Publishing in association with Heide Museum of Modern Art and the State Library of Victoria
Paperback Illustrated ISBN 9780522858532

Sunday's kitchen explores life behind-the-scenes at Heide, the celebrated haven for progressive modernist artists and writers such as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester and Charles Blackman. From 1935 John and Sunday Reed, two of Australia's most significant art benefactors, transformed their 15-acre property in outer Melbourne into a fertile creative space of collaboration, eclecticism and idealism.

Sunday Reed, a passionate cook and gardener, ensured the artists she championed received sustenance for the body, not just the mind. Drawing on her experiences in the south of France, her emphasis was on home-grown produce, seasonal cooking and a self-styled domestic aesthetic.

Based on the reminiscences of friends and intimates, Sunday's kitchen introduces the history of food and eating that went hand-in-hand with the living and loving at Heide. It is richly illustrated with art, photographs and recipes from Sunday's personal collection.

Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan are curators at Heide Museum of Modern Art and have curated an exhibition, Sunday’s kitchen: food and living at Heide.

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