Alumna uses her majors to publish her first illustrated cookbook

by University Communications,

Artist and food enthusiast Marcella Kriebel ’07 is building upon her Willamette study-abroad experiences to find success in the world of self-publishing.

In October, Kriebel launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 toward publishing her first book, “Comida Latina: An Illustrated Cookbook.”

So far, 457 backers from around the world have pledged $30,880.

A studio art and cultural anthropology double major, Kriebel attributes her publishing success to the connections she formed while studying abroad in Ecuador and Mexico as a Willamette student.

“The immersion that happens when one studies abroad really does change who you are,” she says. “Since those first times in Latin America, I’ve made a point to learn authentic recipes when I travel.”

Due to the mentorship she received as a student, Kriebel says she's learned to explore her artistic talent and to identify connections between the land and its resources.

“My Willamette liberal arts education showed me the great interconnectivity between art, cultural politics and history,” Kriebel says. “Exploring such a variety of things helped to form my world view.”

Kriebel is planning another food-themed book project, along with a new series of paintings and illustrations.

“Comida Latina” is available for purchase on Kriebel’s website, at Valley Art Gallery in Forest Grove and in the cookbook section of Powell’s bookstore.

For more information about Kriebel’s project, see a recent article in The Oregonian newspaper.