Alchemical Recipes

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I've started to create illuminations of recipes, diagrams of ingredients and processes using alchemical and pseudo-alchemical symbols.

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Pretzel Buns (PDF) (612x792 PNG)
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Chocolate Chip Cookies (PDF) (612x792 PNG)
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Chicken & Noodle Stir-Fry (PDF) (612x792 PNG)

Symbols

Some of the symbols are traditional, some are variants of traditional symbols, and some are entirely my own invention. My primary sources for symbols are Whitcomb's "The Magician's Companion" and Frutiger's "Signs and Symbols".

Processes

Break symbol
Break
Combine symbol
Combine
Mix symbol
Mix
Heat symbol
Heat
Warm symbol
Warm
Boil symbol
Boil
Fix symbol
Fix
Cool symbol
Cool
Freeze symbol
Ice / Freeze
Drain symbol
Filter / Drain
Hourglass symbol
Hourglass / Time
Oven symbol
Oven / Bake
Scissors symbol
Scissors / Cut
Still symbol
Still / Distill
Complete symbol
Complete

Basic

Water symbol
Water
Salt symbol
Salt
Oil symbol
Cooking Oil

Baking

Sugar symbol
Sugar
BrownSugar symbol
Brown Sugar
Molasses symbol
Molasses
PowderedSugar symbol
Powdered Sugar
Flour symbol
Flour
CakeFlour symbol
Cake Flour
Egg symbol
Egg
EggWhite symbol
Egg White
EggYolk symbol
Egg Yolk
ChocolateChips symbol
Chocolate Chips
Soda symbol
Baking Soda
Yeast symbol
Yeast

Grain and Cereal

Pasta symbol
Pasta
Rice symbol
Rice
RiceNoodles symbol
Rice Noodles

Milk

Milk symbol
Milk
Butter symbol
Butter
DryMilk symbol
Dry Milk

Meat

Meat symbol
Meat
Beef symbol
Beef
Pork symbol
Pork
Chicken symbol
Chicken
Oyster symbol
Oyster

Vegetables and Fruit

Apple symbol
Apple
BellPepper symbol
Bell Pepper
Orange symbol
Orange
Scallions symbol
Scallions
Shiitake symbol
Shiitake Mushroom

Spices, Condiments, and Flavoring

Basil symbol
Basil
Garlic symbol
Garlic
Ginger symbol
Ginger
Vanilla symbol
Vanilla
BeefStock symbol
Beef Stock
ChickenStock symbol
Chicken Stock
OysterSauce symbol
Oyster Sauce
SambalOelek symbol
Sambal Oelek
Vinegar symbol
Vinegar
RiceVinegar symbol
Rice Vinegar

This page and these graphics by Denis Moskowitz. Page created Sunday April 5, 2015. Last modified Dec 26, 2015. The symbols are given to the public domain and may be used freely, copied, redrawn, critiqued, etc. but please don't claim credit for them.