David Esslemont

Chili: a recipe – individual prints

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Inspired by winning a chili cook-off at his home in northeast Iowa, David Esslemont presents his prize-winning recipe in thirty-nine woodcuts. Starting from scratch, he toasts ancho chiles, makes vegetable stock, grinds beef from farmer friends, adds homegrown garlic, tomato paste and much more . . . . The final touch is a topping of spicy sour cream garnished with julienned fresh fresno, habanero and jalapeno chiles.

The blocks are cut from plywood and maple. Tonal variations are acheived by overlays to the makeready, textured ink rollers, ink blends and pochoir. Mutiple color images are printed using a variety of techniques: masking areas of the "key" block, re-using blocks "unmasked", with/without overlays, reprinting from rotated blocks, the use of several small rollers, additional blocks (print runs), direct inking through stencils with either rollers, stencil brushes, or à la poupée.

Edition details

Hand-printed from the original woodblocks on Zerkall mould-made papeer 15 x 11 inches (380 x 280 mm) in editions of 300 copies.

Unmounted, individual signed prints from $60 to $200

Shipping and handling extra.

Published in February 2013.

ancho chili

Frontispiece – ancho chili
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Chili title page

Chili title page
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ancho chiles

Six ancho chiles
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discard seeds

Discard seeds
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Six cloves of garlic

Six cloves of garlic
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Toast anchos and garlic

Toast anchos and garlic
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Soak anchos

Soak anchos
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Discard water

Discard water
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Cumin and cloves

Cumin and cloves
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Toast cumin

Toast cumin
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Vegetable stock/1

Vegetable stock/1
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Vegetable stock/2

Vegetable stock/2
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blend anchos

Blend anchos with stock and spices
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Strain paste

Strain paste
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Find some beef

Find some beef
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Grind the beef

Grind the beef
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Ingredients for the marinade

Ingredients for the marinade
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Marinade the beef

Marinade the beef
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Chop some bacon

Chop some bacon
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Saute the bacon

Sauté the bacon
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Slice three onions

Slice three onions
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Saute onions with bacon

Saute onions with the bacon
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Chop garlic

Chop garlic
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Add wine

Add wine
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Brown beef

Brown the beef
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Add paste and beef

Add paste, beef and coffee
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Amish paste

Amish paste tomatoes
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Mill tomatoes

Mill tomatoes
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Tomatoes and celery

Tomatoes, celery and jalapeno
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Cook for 60 minutes

Cook for sixty minutes
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Cilanto and parsley

Cilantro, parsley, cumin and oregano
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green pepper

Dice green pepper
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cook for 30 minutes

Cook for thirty minutes
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snooze

Snooze (rest) for 60 minutes
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saute chilies

Saute chilies
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make spicy sour cream

Make spicy sour cream
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Add beans

Add beans and season
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Bowl of chili

Chili!
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Chili colophon

Copy number one
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