The Mighty Egg: A Cultural and Culinary Story of Our Favorite Household Ingredient

Poached, stirred, boiled, whipped into a cocktail, turned into a painting medium, thrown into an enemy’s house. As the most striking of all paradoxes, the egg exists happily suspended between a humble household ingredient and an ever-potent source of life.

One of the most enduring symbols of antiquity, eggs were used by the Romans to ward off evil spirits, modeled as priceless artifacts for Russian nobility, and woven into Egyptian mythology.

Bags have teamed up with The gourmet, a food and culture journal that explores the fields of art, design, literature, film, fashion and music through the universal theme of food to create a collection of original essays and archetypal recipes. The Gourmand Egg: A Collection of Stories and Recipes is illustrated with commissions from renowned still life photographers. The volume is rounded off by works by great artists such as Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo and David Hockney alongside texts by chef, food author and critic Ruth Reichl and others.

“When cooking – as with almost everything else,” said Reichl. “It all starts with an egg.”

Bobby Doherty, “Bugery,” 2018

(Photo by Bobby Doherty)

Sarah Lucas, Self Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996. The egg is a common motif in feminist art, often as a visual namesake for the female body itself, and to refer to everything from sexism and eroticism to themes of oppression and liberation explore.

(Courtesy of Sarah Lucas and Sadie Coles HQ)

Bobby Doherty, “Pancakes,” 2021

(Photo by Bobby Doherty)

Marius W. Hansen, “Chicken,” 2021

(Photo by Marius W. Hansen)

Gustav Almestål, “Ovophobia (after Hitchcock)”, 2021. British-born director and famous ovophobe Alfred Hitchcock once said to a journalist: “I’m afraid of eggs. Worse than fear; they disgust me…Have you ever seen anything more disgusting than an egg yolk cracking and spilling its yellow liquid?”

(Photo by Gustav Almestål)

Bobby Doherty, “Breakfast and Brunch,” 2021

(Photo by Bobby Doherty)

Bobby Doherty, Sweet Eggs, 2021

(Photo by Bobby Doherty)

Robin Broadbent, “Timer”, 2021. Sand was fine the longest. Silently counting eggs to the perfect sentence. Then the kitchens got louder, and egg timing followed suit. Designed and shaped for the task, today’s timers spin, then tick, then ring their little bell above the noise.

(Photo by Robin Broadbent)

The Gourmet’s Egg: A Collection of Stories and Recipes


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