The Real Cookbook

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June 2012
Gerstenberg Verlag:  The Real Cookbook
Gerstenberg Verlag Direct Ad -  The Real Cookbook


Brief Explanation: We develop a cookbook in a limited special edition: ‘The Real Cookbook’. Its the first cookbook that has actually earned such a title: A cookbook that readers can genuinely cook and eat, that’s because its pages are made of 100% fresh pasta. And packaged as a classic lasagne dish. The book was sent to business partners as a customer loyalty measure and was intended to generate and draw attention to the publisher’s range of cookbooks.

Describe the brief from the client: Every year, a vast number of printed publications centred around cooking and eating hit the stands: 26,000 books worldwide. In spite of this, the Gerstenberg Publishing House, a small publishing company that specialises in high-quality culinary and art books, needs to manage to rise above the rest.

Description of how you arrived at the final design: As simple as the idea may be, its realisation was a challenge. Over several weeks, various printing methods and dough consistencies were tested in order to achieve an optimal print and cooking image. In the end, a secret dough recipe combined with a traditional book printing process delivered the ideal result. With a little sauce between the pages and a sprinkle of cheese on top, ‘The Real Cookbook’ becomes a lasagne that can be baked in the oven at 200 °C. The prose, etched on the 4 inner pages of the pasta, ruminates on the subject of cooking.

Indication of how successful the outcome was in the market: ‘The Real Cookbook’ made some awesome noise in publisher`s and booksellers’ circles. And quickly created a buzz throughout the web: Over 250 blogs reported on the meaty masterpiece worldwide. A resource of valuable PR for the Gerstenberg publishers was generated.

Direct advertisement created by Kolle Rebbe, Germany for Gerstenberg Verlag, within the category: Professional Services.

Advertising Agency: Kolle Rebbe Hamburg, Germany
Account Manager: Gereon Klug, Inga Eickholt
Executive Creative Directors: Antje Hedde, Sascha Hanke
Creative Directors: Antje Hedde, Katrin Oeding
Art Directors: Reginald Wagner, Antje Hedde
Copywriter: Gereon Klug
Graphic Designer: Christine Knies
Photographers: Jan Burwick, Christoph Himmel
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Ryan Breat's picture

wow, very good

Ryan Breat
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kleenex's picture

I think I have seen this before at the site.

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Won a grand prix this week.

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Sophie Campbel's picture

amazing, I want this book, ha ha

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Ava Spears's picture

ha ha, me to

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Nike Diesel's picture

Well, of course you do.

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Ryan Breat's picture

wow, very good

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ItMatters's picture

Simple idea well executed.

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Han Zhonghua's picture

Looks very good, i want a lasagne!! :)

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"Like anything from the menu, sir?"

" know what? I can't really make up my mind, so just gimme the entire book."

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