The Recipe Project

The Recipe Project Cover

The Recipe Project

A Delectable Extravaganza of Food and Music

By One Ring Zero; Leigh Newman (Editor); Michael Hearst (Editor)

Black Balloon Publishing, Hardcover, 9781936787005, 116pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2011

"The Recipe Project" (book/cd package) features 10 recipes by celebrity chefs transformedword for wordinto singable, danceable, riotously delightful songs. Think: 100 Sweet Tomatoes by Mario Batali sung as whimsical Italian melody. Or Creamless Creamed Corn by Tom Colicchio sung as a classic rock tune.
The book itself contains recipes by the same chefs (Mario Batali, David Chang, Michael Symon, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Tom Colicchio and more) as well interviews with the culinary stars, restaurant playlists, and essays by acclaimed food writers such as Melissa Clark, JJ Goode, Christine Muhlke, Michael Harlan Turkell and John T. Edge.
Black Balloon Publishing marries traditional story-telling with high-tech. The Recipe Project comes with a free app that finds recipes so easy you could sing them, as well as a book excerpt, and an animated spinning LP. "The Recipe Project s" stop motion video features dancing pasta, flirtatious garlic, and a 59-second ode to the book/cd.

About the Author
One Ring Zero (songs) has released nine albums including the acclaimed literary collaboration "As Smart As We Are." They've performed at Central Park Summer Stage, The Kennedy Center, and been featured on "This American Life, Fresh Air, " and "Morning Edition."

Interviews and Recipes: Mario Batali (Babbo, Eataly, Lupa, "Iron Chef"), John Besh (August), David Chang (Momofuku), Tom Colicchio (Craft, Gramercy Tavern, "Top Chef"), Chris Cosentino (Incanto, Boccalone, Food Network), Mark Kurlansky (author "Cod, Salt"), Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Post Punk Kitchen), Andrea Reusing (Lantern), Aaron Sanchez ("Chefs vs. City"), Michael Symon ("Iron Chef, " Lola)

Essays: John T. Edge (introduction "New York Times, All Things Considered"), Matthew Amster-Burton ("Hungry Monkey"), Melissa Clark ("In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite"), Jonathan Dixon ("Beaten, Seared, and Sauced"), Tanya Donelly (The Breeders, Belly), JJ Goode ("Food & Wine"), Emily Kaiser Thelin ("Food & Wine"), Christine Muhlke ("Bon Appetit"), Michael Harlan Turkell ("The New Brooklyn Cookbook"), Michelle Wildgen ("Tin House"), Kara Zuaro ("I Like Food, Food Tastes Good")

Leigh Newman (editor) is the author of the memoir "Still Points North" (Dial/Random House). Her travel, food and culture articles have appeared in "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Travel Holiday, Conde Nast Concierge, Brides" and elsewhere.

Michael Hearst (editor) is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero."

Praise For The Recipe Project

From freshly launched quirky indie publisher Black Balloon (whose launch email included the word "amazeballs") comes The Recipe Project: A Delectable Extravaganza of Food and Music a delightful and nerdy treat for the foodie-musicologist, transforming delicious recipes into singable, danceable songs, a straight shot to our omnibus of favorite cross-disciplinary cookbooks.”
Maria Popova,, The Recipe Project: Recipes from Rock Star Chefs All Set to Song

Thanks to a new book and CD called The Recipe Project the food and music worlds are not only colliding but collaborating. The creative minds behind this fusion are the members of the band One Ring Zero. And the end goal of all of this? Make recipes and food more accessible and fun.”, Sing for Supper: Putting Top Chefs Recipes to Music

"The book also has plenty of insightful musings from folks like David Chang, Jonathan Dixon and Bon Appetit's own Christine Muhlke, but the hook is with the album. By stylistically channeling the Beastie Boys and Bach to Bowie and Belly (with the latter's Tanya Donelly lending vocals on a track), the band's catchy recipe adaptations make for an engaging listen."
Michael Singer, Bon, The Recipe Project Set Tom Colicchio's Recipes to Music

"We found the ideal background music for cooking: Lyrics on the album The Recipe Project from recipes by famous chefs. Food Network stars Aaron Sanchez and Michael Symon, among others, handed over their favorite recipes to the band One Ring Zero so they could turn them into catchy tunes.”
Food Network Magazine

"If you're really interested in exploring the relationship between food and music, I would suggest focusing on the essays and interviews. What I like about the album itself, though, is that it injects some much-needed levity into the topic of chefs and their food a subject which has become almost delusionally self-serious of late. It's hard to be reverential about a recipe when it's set to accordion music.”
Elizabeth Gunnison,, What Brains, Eggs, and the Beastie Boys Have in Common

How can I explain? One Ring Zero &mdashone of those quirky Skinny White Guy bands that I say I don’t like and then deeply fixate on &mdashhas made songs out of recipes. They have taken cooking instructions from famous chefs and set them to music. Word for word. Measurements. Ingredients. Utensils. Everything.”
Lucky Magazine Online, Lucky Haul: Songs for Foodies

For the project, One Ring Zero, a musical group led by New York multi-instrumentalists Joshua Camp and Michael Hearst, used recipes from platinum chefs like Mario Batali and Tom Colicchio as lyrics. Then they paired the spoken recipes to tunes done in various sonic styles, from banda to metal. The whole thing got served up with a side of informative food essays, making The Recipe Project a true feast for cuisine geeks. It’s a project worthy of the new breed of food pornographers, who have transformed cooking programming into an indulgent pleasure.”
Scott Thill,, On The Recipe Project, One Ring Zero Sets Weird Dishes to Music

Each chef got to pick their own musical style for their Shrimp Remoulade, Pickled Pumpkin or Tunisian chicken wings, all of which were served at the album’s launch party. In other words, the music is as diverse as the dishes.”
Rachel Wharton, NY1 Edible Segment: One Ring Zero Rocks Out To Celebrity Chef Recipes

The chefs picked their own musical styles, from classic rock (Michael Symon) to Mexican banda (Aaron Sanchez) to rap (Chris Cosentino), creating a hilarious ode to all things musical and culinary. A CD of the songs comes packaged in a book by Black Balloon called The Recipe Project, edited by’s own Leigh Newman, which includes all the recipes (you can actually cook the dishes), plus interviews with the chefs (David Chang dishes on childhood violin lessons), original playlists by chefs, and essays on food and music by every kind and stripe of writer.”
Lynn Andriani,, Take Shrimp, Add Spicy Drumbeat, Make Song

Between the covers, you'll find recipes, prose pieces, chef interviews, and yes, music. Pore through the pages and you'll be rewarded with some lovely food writing, delicious food, and toe-tapping tunes. It's a multi-sensory feast.”
Esther Sung,, The Recipe Project: Putting Recipes to Music

The CD and accompanying book sets to music recipes by such celebrity chefs as Mario Batali, John Besh and Aarón Sanchez. The recipes are sung complete, from the ingredients to the directions and serving sizes. It's infectious and catchy. So much so, I started singing recipes as I made them at home, like I had been infected with a melody virus.”
Jeff Houck, Tampa Bay Online, Snap, crackle, pop! What's your favorite food noise?

The Recipe Project is one of the year's most ambitious books, combining interviews, essays, and recipes with a music CD to wondrous results. The project's combination of food, writing, and music works on every level.”
Largehearted Boy, Book Notes - Michael Hearst The Recipe Project

Silly and smart all at once, a good gift for your musical foodie friends.”
The Denver Post, Yum Yum

"Need fun stuff for the super-music-nerd-foodie who has everything? Here ya go: Famous chefs’ recipes sungliterally sung, just as written ('1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,') to original pop music in styles ranging from power pop to acid klezmer (you’ll know it when you hear it), accompanied by a book of smart essays and thoughtful oddities. I’ll admit I’m glad they didn’t record Julia Child’s six-page recipe for cassoulet, which would fill an entire CDmaybe two. But if they ever do, I’m thinking a prog-rock style opus, a la 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.'"
Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped, and former food and wine expert for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy