Amongst collectors, Determined Productions and their founder, Connie Boucher, are probably best known for their work with Charles Schulz and Peanuts. Connie, a former window-dresser, worked closely with Schulz over many years to produce a barrage of Peanuts merchandise, including Schulz’s first book in 1962, the international best seller Happiness is a Warm Puppy.
The spreads here are from a series of international and topical cookbooks written by Connie’s sister (and de facto D.P. editor in chief) June Dutton; the series grew out of June’s love of cooking as well as her many years spent living abroad with her children, and features recipes across a wide range of regions, holidays, and themes.
The design and illustration of the cookbooks are by frequent collaborators John Astrop, Eric Hill, and Ann & Bruce Butte. Their collective work is exemplary of the postmodernist pop aesthetic established by artists like John Alcorn, Milton Glaser, and Peter Max, as well as of the psychedelic undercurrent inculcating San Francisco design at the time.