How to make art out of food

I’ve always been fascinated with food as art.

I am not talking just about a beautifully presented plate where the radishes are carved into little fairies, but when artists look at food and make beautiful pieces out of them.

Or even Japanese cuisine, which I think is the height of food elegance and beauty, right beside French cuisine.

I know of two artists who are like this. The first being Carl Warner, whose book I purchased recently: Food Landscapes.

Note: The only kinds of books I am buying these days that are NOT in e-book format, are books with full-colour photography such as this one, or cookbooks.

Otherwise, I buy e-books from Kobo and read them on my iPad.

I am sure many of you have seen these photos before, as they’re quite popular, here are a few of my favourites:

An enchanting broccoli forest with bread mountains and waterfalls of what looks like salt.

A chinese junk boat (oh Hong Kong how I miss you!) floating on what looks like a sea of some green veggie with broccoli forests.

A dragonfruit puffer fish underwater near a pineapple island.

A lovely sea lagoon with a lobster tail in the corner and what looks like spiky fruits underground with carrot stalactites hanging in the cave.

The above are all real pictures of food that he arranges on a huge table and photographs. Then he (obviously) photoshops it, but you can still see the inspiration he used for each piece, all made out of food.

Another great food artist would be Andrea Bricco.

I really loved her food series where she arranged food on a plate to make food vignettes.

Alas. If only she had a full colour photogaphy book. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. 🙂

Another guy is Carl Kleiner, who makes things out of food:

You can see a lot more of his work here on The Curious Brain

It’s really lovely to see how people become inspired by such ordinary things and make such extraordinary things out of them.

It makes me look at food in a different light.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.