HarperCollins Publishers Award for
Best Cover 2015
Highly Commended 2015
Designer Gary Stewart (The Gas Project)
Title Depot: The Biography of a Restaurant by Al Brown
Publisher Random House New Zealand
Format 250 x 200mm, 344pp, section sewn, PLC, quarter bound. Tip ins 450gsm kraft paper, diecut, coasters. Paper stock 130gsm Yulong Pure Cream
Judges’ Comments For a cook book to break away from putting it’s celebrity chef on the cover may be considered brave by some, foolish by others? … but Depot is more than just a cook book with delicious recipes … as the subtitle notes it’s more a biography of the restaurant, and the collective of personalities and people that make Depot what it is. The restaurant aesthetic is built around a mismatched bach vibe with few rules, and this freedom is embraced by the designer to create a cover that is as much pop art as it a statement of breaking the mould and embracing their eclectic uniqueness. As noted in their vision statement, they are dead serious about not taking themselves too seriously.