Find your good luck with Ellen Weinstein's recipes


Written and illustrated by Ellen Weinstein, Recipes for Good Luck bottles the singular recipes for success of athletes, scientists, leading creatives, or politicians who made their own luck.

From quirky superstitions to performance rituals, the book reveals an array of unique practices and becomes a visual compendium that celebrates in text and in illustrations, portraits of real personalities, creative processes, and curious habits of these influential people. 

Always wondered what Maya Angelou did to keep the words flowing? Or what is a NASA engineer's lucky charm? How does Thom Yorke prepares for one of his concerts? Buy the book!

The Recipes for Good Luck is definitely a special gift choice for anyone who could use a little good fortune in his life.

Inspiration for designing the cover.

The hand illustration is from Coco Chanel. French clothing designer and icon Gabrielle Chanel was deeply superstitious. She was informed by a fortune teller that her lucky number was 5 and she named her signature fragrance accordingly. She presented her collections on the fifth day of May (the fifth month) for good luck.

The artwork from the book has won multiple awards from Communication Arts, American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Club.


About the author.

Ellen Weinstein was born and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute and New York’s High School of Art and Design.

Awards include American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Society of Publication Designers, Society of News Designers and the Art Directors Club.

She has judged numerous illustration competitions including Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2016, 2016 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, AOI/World Illustration Awards, Society of Illustrators Annual exhibition, Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship and Society of Illustrators Zankel Scholarship.

Ellen lives with her husband, illustrator, David Flaherty and their mini-long haired Dachsund, Fritzie.