How to Cook the Perfect Day is filled with beautiful images and simple recipes with headnotes that dreamily document a perfect day–including a picnic rendezvous, an afternoon tea, and a midnight snack. The book opens with the suggestion of a morning forage in the great outdoors instead of in the kitchen pantry for whatever readers can find to nibble on. A recipe for peaches and waffles follows; it’s a breakfast treat McClure’s husband makes for the family often. Recipes for a lovely gingerbread cake, a curry potluck, and a celestial apple pie are all accompanied by Nikki McClure’s elegant artwork.
“This is a short, sweet, miniature cookbook illustrated by the wonderful papercut artist Nikki McClure. It has about a dozen recipes, and it is just the size and shape for a child to page through. It’s a picture book for children and grownups alike, to inspire them to cook, with recipes both kids and parents can enjoy.” (Daily Find) —The Kitchn
“How To Cook The Perfect Day is an adventure cook book. If you like to cook with kids, this book is ideal since the recipes are so simple.” —Babble
“Olympia artist Nikki McClure’s gift book of recipes and papercut illustrations to help inspire the perfect day.” —The News Tribune
“…the perfect combination of adorable, paper-cut illustrations done by the fantastically talented Nikki McClure, earthy recipes, and a little reminder that the experience of cooking and sharing with loved ones is more than half the fun of the day.” —Vintage Muse Modern Views