There is something so comforting about the sensory experience of cooking. The rich smells are like a warm hug that draws you in and says, “let’s stay here awhile and just relax.” It’s an honest moment that can be shared among friends to create memories or a quiet meditation to enjoy alone.
My sisters cook and bake every spare second. There is always something freshly canned in the fridge or bread rising under tea towels, bringing true relaxed happiness along with each smell and taste. I work a lot and don’t get to spend as much time cooking with them as I’d like. This small paper oven, modeled after the one in my family’s kitchen, resides on the desk in my studio to remind me of all the happy, delicious moments we’ve had, and the ones to come once I put down the pencil and make my way to the kitchen, where there is always something new on its way out of the oven.
You can print and assemble this oven yourself, keeping it in a corner of your desk to remind you of the relaxation cooking brings. Just click on the image below to get the full size oven. Enjoy!
All illustrations by Lucy Engelman.
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