The Tiny Mess is a cookbook about people, places, small kitchens, and the delicious meals that come out of them. It is a whimsical hodgepodge of recipes, culinary adventure, medium-format photography, and, of course, petite and inspiring cooking spaces that prove constraints are nothing but an invitation for creativity.
their even smaller kitchens…
and the people who cook in them.
WHO is the Tiny Mess?
As much a book as it is a way of life, The Tiny Mess is the handiwork of a trio of food-minded friends from Santa Barbara, California, all of whom live without the trappings of a traditional kitchen. They have spent the past two years rambling around the western United States, visiting unique and unexpected cooking spaces, collecting favorite recipes, and talking story with cooks of all kinds about the life-affirming intersection of food, kitchen size, and the pursuit of happiness. The Tiny Mess is the tasty result of these efforts, a from scratch dish carefully concocted to inspire no matter the square footage of your home kitchen or your years of experience. Recipes include abalone meatballs, watermelon poke, rabbit and nopal cactus tacos, avocado sunflower dip, cucumber and seaweed salad, mackerel empanadas, sourdough tempura root veggies with ponzu dipping sauce, carrot and coconut slaw, and salmon with honey elderberry sauce.
Mary Gonzalez is a vegan baker, farmer, and all around culinary rebel from Carpinteria, California. She lives on a secluded mountain top avocado ranch in a 30’ travel trailer with her dog Rose. Surrounded by organic gardens, fruit trees, and a sweet outdoor kitchen, Mary makes the rigors of off-the-grid life look elegant and oh-so edible. @sweetmountaintop
Maddie Gordon is an illustrator from rural Sussex, England with a serious passion for healthy cooking, hot tea, and foraging for food. Her home kitchen is in the belly of 36’ sailboat that she lives aboard with her husband Trevor in the waters off Santa Barbara, CA. Whether it is mushrooms from the forest, sea weed from the shore, or fish from the sea, Maddie always makes a point to use the resources around her when it comes time for cooking. @maddiegordonart
Trevor Gordon is a photographer and professional surfer who grew up on the beach in Santa Barbara, CA. He loves sailing, fishing and getting knee-deep in boat projects. He has been a brand ambassador for Patagonia, Teva, and Cliff Bar and now works with Poler Stuff. Working primarily with medium-format and 35mm color film cameras, Trevor’s food and kitchen IQ has grown exponentially since falling in love with Maddie. @tearevor – trevor-gordon.com