In reference to the death notice of Danish artist and illustrator Erik Blegvad (“Children’s book illustrator Erik Blegvad dies at 90,” Feb. 13), I was surprised that the emphasis was given only to his children’s books.

Indeed, they are a treasure, but let’s not forget his wonderful illustrations to “The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook,” published in 1963. More than 400 pages of terrific recipes (I still love her “Boeuf Stroganoff Without Panic”).

Blegvad’s charmingly comical illustrations in both black and white, but mostly color, make sitting down with this cookbook a delightful trip. Later, he also illustrated the labels for many of the Pepperidge Farm canned soups.

Gunnel Larsdotter


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