A design firm in Germany has created a cookbook that you can eat! It’s made of fresh pasta printed with a lasagna recipe, so that the pages of the cookbook actually become the layers of the dish.

How many recipe books have only one good recipe in them, yet require reams of paper to make? There’s an elegance to food that carries its own instructions for its cooking. Why print a recipe on the back of a can or a box of processed food when you can print it on the food itself?

What else could fit this model? Bread etched with sandwich ideas. Eggs dyed with boiling instructions. Hamburger patties stamped with grilling tips. Flour that, when spilled on the counter, rearranges itself into a pancake recipe. Telepathic kale.

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Regardless, the lasagna cookbook looks delicious.

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