Set in his distinctive typeface, Lawrence Weiner’s recipe for a Californian diner sandwich bears all the hallmarks of his conceptual wall texts – built from modest elements, poetic in its expression and universal in its appeal. Three cherished staples of American food (creamy peanut butter, crispy bacon and crunchy iceberg lettuce) are heaped atop one another for an unexpected mix of textures and flavours. Wash it down with a neat malt whiskey.

Smooth peanut butter
Strip bacon
Red peppers (dried)
Thinly-sliced habaneros
Iceberg lettuce
Salt & black pepper
Thinly-sliced white bread (not toasted)

Firstly put the peanut butter on the bread then put the crushed dried red peppers
And freshly fried strip bacon (2 to 3 pieces)
A tranch of iceberg lettuce
A little bit of salt & black pepper
& some thinly-sliced habaneros on the top
& serve it with a neat malt whiskey

A version of this article originally featured in the July 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*244)