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Stop and Smell the Butter

Colleen Newquist

Stop and Smell the Butter is a handwritten and illustrated zine that captures the magical realities--and delicious recipes--of everyday life. The name derives from an essay Colleen wrote in 1994:

We were baking cookies, my four-year-old Aaron and I, and I had been rhapsodizing the properties of unbleached flour--its honest color (“One of my favorite colors in the whole world,” I said), its silken texture. I felt success as a teacher, a cook, a parent when Aaron said, "Mama! Mama! Smell the butter! Smell the butter! Mmm!" Perched on his stepstool, wooden spoon in hand, Aaron hovered over a saucepan of half-melted butter, breathing in its sweet fumes. His little hand on my head commanded me to do the same. If he retains only one lesson that I teach him, let it be this one, I thought. Let him go through life not only knowing what to do with melted butter, but how to stop and smell it, too.

Publications in Stop and Smell the Butter

24 publications

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