Through his food “pop-up” project, Friendship Bagel, Justin Lubecki sought to release what he served from its business and literal entertainment qualities in search of a more meaningful place in our lives. Curiously following a thread that connects nature’s natural processes and the mysterious processes of the human condition, he explored the preparation and sharing of food as a mutual expression of personal experiences and as a translation of the natural landscape’s expressive poetry, harmonized together. Through recipes constructed by lived experience and procedures that metaphorically reflected the changes of our internal landscape, he wove together richly worded recipes that places the natural world as the lens of human perspective and gave birth to the bagels he served.
Now available. It’s 40 pages of thickly concentrated content, written like a wildly running creek and unpolished like your favorite lo-fi album. The book feature one recipe outlining the process for Friendship Bagel’s bagels presented in two versions- full and condensed. This is not a book for anyone who “needs” exact measurements and specific guidelines (there is a lot of individualized collaboration required within the recipe) and does not necessarily provide short term results. However if I ever stumbled on this recipe I would find this to be the most useful written resource in existence. It begins to portray a way of interacting with food that I believe to be very important.