Buckminster Fuller is globally known as a design scientist, architect, author, poet, engineer, and a true visionary, way ahead of his time. As a surprise gift for his eighty-sixth birthday, he received Synergetic Stew: a compilation of cooking recipes contributed by his friends and colleagues, sharing personal anecdotes and humorous recollections of Fuller’s life, such as a reminiscence about Bucky’s somewhat peculiar but enthusiastic love for tea, in all its variations. Scattered throughout the book are enticing texts and poems from Fuller himself, including even a recipe for tomato ice cream.
This book is a glimpse into Fuller’s life, told by his peers and embedded in nearly a hundred achievable recipes. A few of them are joyful odes towards Fuller’s oeuvre, such as Shirley Sharkey’s GEODESICANDY, the Microbiotic Diet by John Cage, or Amy Edmondson’s Allspace-Filling Whole Wheat Bread. In addition to the facsimile, Fuller’s grandson Jaime Snyder reflects upon often overlooked facets of Bucky’s character, revelead through anecdotes of his relationship with food. Short profiles of all contributors complete the reprint.
On the occasion of Buckminster Fuller’s 125th anniversary in July 2020, this reprint is released in a limited edition.
"The book’s visual design is as quirky and enlightening as Fuller’s work itself."
– Financial Times
"Re-issued on the 125th anniversary of his birth, Synergetic Stew is a document of a magical life of heady science matched only by Fuller’s penchant for “light, wild things."
Foreword by Jaime Snyder
With contributions by Bil Baird, Peter Brown, John Cage, Lim Chong Keat, Elizabeth Choy, John Ciardi, John Denver, Amy Edmondson, Ted Ehmann, Werner Erhard, Ronald Feldman, John and Isobel Fistere, Medard Gabel, Eugene Garfield, Neva Goodwin, d'Arcy Hayman, Henry J. Heimlich, Miranda Kaiser, Anne Kordus, Kuyoshi Kuromiya, Mae Lee, Paula Martin, Margaret Mead, Karl Menninger, Yehudi Menuhin, Martin and Margy Meyerson, Ann Mintz, Don Moore, Ed Muskie, Libby Newman, Isamu Noguchi, Gerard K. O'Neill, Steve Parker, Eleanor and George Pavloff, Cedric Price, Kariska Pulchalski, Harrison Salisbury, Shirley and Bill Sharkey, Peter Simoneaux, Jamie Snyder, Hester Stearns, Connie Thelander, Thomas Tse-Kwai Zung, Dennis Tyler, Amei Wallach, Hope Watts, Kathryn Withlow