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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Ratatouille: "Anyone Can Cook!" Journal (ShopDisney)

disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal
In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto, ‘Anyone can cook.’ But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*...” -Anton Ego, Ratatouille

Yesterday, Ratatouille celebrated its 12th anniversary (if you can believe it)! I love this film so much and it's even become one of my top favorite Pixar films over the years. You can understand my excitement then when, earlier this year, the Disney Store (and ShopDisney) released this "Anyone Can Cook!" journal—an exact replica of the iconic cookbook seen in the film! I've wanted something like this for some time and I'm so happy it's finally been made.

I love when real life replicas are made based on animated props from Pixar films (examples: My Adventure Book, Mr. Incredible's phone, the Cozy Cone Alarm, Mike's MU hat, Piston Cup Trophy, ect.) as these are some of my favorite pieces to display. This journal is now displayed proudly on my Ratatouille themed shelf in my home office. It was the missing piece I didn't even know I needed!

disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal

This hardcover journal is 8 1/2'' H x 6'' W x 1 1/4'' D in size, originally retailed for $16.95 and includes 320 lined pages (with an attached ribbon bookmark) featuring Paris/Kitchen/Food inspired screen art in the signature Ratatouille style. Very tasteful!

On the back of the book, there is a "book synopsis", a "bio" for Chef Gusteau and a "review" quote from Brad Lewis (who's actually the producer of the film). Cleverly done.

disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal
disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal

The opening and closing end papers feature illustrations (seen directly below) of ''Chef Gusteau's Kitchen'' and its staff (with each job identified). I absolutely love this!
 
disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal
disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal
disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal
disney store ratatouille anyone can cook journal

Of course the only thing I do wish is that this was an actual cookbook, or at the very least included some recipes in it. All is good though, it's the look of the thing that really matters to me and they nailed that! It's like it leaped off the screen. And you know I'll absolutely be using it to document some of my favorite recipes as well!

Unfortunately, this has since sold out at the Disney Store (and online); but you can find it on eBay using this direct link or on Amazon using the link below. Be sure to let me know your thoughts down in the comments! Did you pick this up for your collection?

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