You Stir the Pot: Recipes for Change

Snake Hair
Victoria Manganiello
You Stir the Pot: Recipes for Change
AIR Gallery
Snake Hair
Printed Matter

You Stir the Pot: Recipes for Change

Curated by Victoria Manganiello

Laura Splan’s open source computer generated text animation, Breads for Breaking (2021), is included in You Stir the Pot: Recipes for Change, a collection of recipes that blend instructions for food preparation with instructions for social change, curated by Victoria Manganiello.

You Stir the Pot: Recipes for Change is an anthology of recipes written by artists around the world. Each combines instructions for creating food with instructions for creating social change that pull from the authors’ personal and cultural stories. Processes like fermentation, marinating, boiling, chopping, blending, etc. inspire us to think about social and collective actions like organizing, protesting, educating, attending, listening, sharing and donating. To stir the pot is an English idiom that means to make trouble or provoke agitation. Our society’s systems that serve few at the expense of so many would prefer that we stay quiet and siloed but here, we ask You, Stir the pot! This is an ongoing project made possible by the artists that occupy these (web)pages. It is inspired by a long history across locations of organizing and agitating taking place in the kitchen and at the dinner table. There are countless examples of covert communication and exchange having taken place in the pages of cookbooks and it is often the domestic, feminine spaces that go unnoticed for their radical, mutual and strategic approach to social change. ​You can contribute your own recipe to this growing project here. You can support this project, by supporting those artists directly. Please also consider supporting your local mutual aid group. We will be posting about additional organizations we support here, soon.

Book Details

Published by Snake Hair Press, Boston, MA (US)
74 Pages
21.6 x 27.9 cm
Paperback, Spiral Bound
Risograph on Colored Paper
Edition of 150


Emma Akmakdjian, Stina Baudin, Jamie Boyle, Kaitlin Bryson, Cocinas Alterinas, Alex Goldberg, HA Halpert, Sherry Muyuan He, Marlene Herberth, SarehImani, Jeanne F. Jalandoni, Cait Jones, Elisabeth Lorenzi, Amanda Martinez, Victoria Manganiello, Jennie Maydew, Erin McQuarrie, Nicole Yi Messier, Maya Minder, Will Montgomery, Whitney Newton (牛睿妮), Céline Pelcé, Lin Qiqing, ​Otto Rummukainen, Petar Sapundjiev, Emily Small, Laura Splan, Liza Stark, Jacqueline Stojanović, thr34d5, Zito Tseng, Winnie van der Rijn, Alexia Venot, Julia Walk, Ping Yu Pan, In Young Yeo, Adam Zucker

Project Support

National Taiwan Craft Research Institute  (Taipei, Taiwan); AIR Gallery (Brooklyn,New York); Civic Art Lab (Manhattan, New York); Chinatown Soup (Manhattan, New York); Hackteria (Zurich, Switzerland); TaDA (St.Gallen,Switzerland); Volumes (Zurich, Switzerland)