I recently came across the blog, An Illustrated Trip, which has amazing illustrations of a French couple’s globe-trotting tour of Argentina, New Zealand, Nepal, India, Thailand and Brazil (plus a few more countries). The illustrations are great, and lucky for us, many of them are food-related. I especially love thir Brazil illustrations because they remind me of some of the food finds that surprised me – such as learning that the Cashew nut is only part of a much larger fruit. They recently returned from their trip, but browsing through the archives gives a wealth of images.
A kitchen in Havana – photograph by Ellen Silverman
Photographer Ellen Silverman did a wonderful photo series called “Spare Beauty: The Cuban Kitchen,” documenting kitchens around Havana, Cuba, and NPR did a short piece about the project. I’m definitely impressed by the ingenuity and personality of these kitchens. You can see the entire photo series on Silverman’s website.
It seems that Pantone, the color matching system used to standardize colors across industries and projects, is ubiquitous nowadays. You can even find Pantone mugs, ornaments and makeup. Now, the Pantone mashups have reached food – French blogger Emilie Griotte has created Pantone Tarts! The text is in French, but the pictures are perfectly delightful in any language.
So we are getting our first real snow storm in Chicago today, which is making me grateful I will be escaping to Brasil to join M in the next few days. In order to get my mind in a warmer state, I am happy to share this gorgeous photo post of à la mode’s journal’s summer trip to Hawaii, filled with lots of beautiful food pictures, including this tempting shave ice (or snow cone to us mainlanders).
Shave Ice from Waiola’s Shave Ice
The visual aspects of food are some of the most appealing to me – who could deny the awesome colors and textures. One art director that has caught my eye is Robert Festino, who does work for Bon Appetit. I found more information about his work through DesignWorkLife. Who could resist these colors?
Though it is not exclusively world eats, I have really been enjoying They Draw and Cook, a blog where artists illustrate their favorite recipes. And by illustrate I really mean illustrate! Check out this recipe for Lof, a Belgian/Dutch endive dish.
IKEA is primarily known for their cheap minimalist furniture and home goods. Apparently this stark and organized aesthetic also translates to their foray into cookbooks, “Hembakat är Bäst” (Homemade is Best). Not satisfied with mere lists of ingredients, the cookbook presents the ingredients as works of art in themselves, photographed by Carl Kleiner. Below is an image of the ingredients for Drommar, a type of Swedish cookie. NotCot has an extended post on these awesome images. And for those who can’t read Swedish, here is a recipe for Drommar.
I am really enjoying the layout and illustrations in this recipe and feature article from the Bold Italic blog about the wonders of Japanese Curry.
Since we are now firmly sandwiched in between all of the most gluttonous holidays I thought it would be appropriate to share this photo gallery of some delicious food paintings from the Art Institute in Chicago. Personally, I think I’d go for the Strawberries by Peale.
A beautiful post on the Flickr Blog has an assortment of pictures of spices from around the world. It’s worth a view. I am particularly impressed by these spice displays – they look too perfect to be real.
[Via Vidafine] I was intrigued by this interesting marketing for the Sydney International Food Festival, where food representative of a country’s cuisine was arranged like the flag of the country itself. Check out the Vietnamese flag done in starfuit and lychees, and the French flag made out of cheeses and grapes. How clever. You can find flags from Greece, India, and more, here at PSFK.
[Via Inside Out Blog] There’s an awesome exhibit in Melbourne that bears mentioning – Edible Architecture – building models made out of food. It’s taking place as part of the State of Design festival in Australia. More photos are available at Mel Hot or Not.
We were recently alerted to Ulterior Epicure’s fabulous food photography, which is found on their extensive Flickr account. The amazing photos come from American fine-dining restaurants like NYC’s Le Bernadin, Chicago’s Alinea and SF’s Chez Panisse along with more local spots like Philly’s Reading Terminal Market and Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor. There are also a slew of gorgeous photos from food trips around the world, including Turkey, Spain and Luxembourg. There is definitely an art to taking food photos, and AE has certainly mastered it. They even went to Carniceria Guanajuato, as we have, and made the simple tacos look like fine art. We’re jealous (and hungry)!
We here at ETW are huge fans of mobile food. Whether it’s a taco stands or ice cream trucks. So we were excited to see this new Flickr set of printable models that you fold into food trucks of all varieties. Seems like a fun Summer project.
Art Basel is one of the premier contemporary art events in the world, so we were excited to see a show featuring food there. Street food to be exact. Mike Meiré’s Project called “Global street food” features photo, video and most importantly, an amazing range of vendor carts and kitchens. There are pieces from all over: from a lollipop vendor in Argentina to a fruit stand in Namibia. Below is a floating market from Vietnam.
We’re not going to lie, we are drawn to nice food packaging designs. Of course this extends to one of our passions, tea, as well. If you’re perusing though the aisles of any Chinese grocery story or specialty store you’ll usually be able to find some nicely packaged teas in appealing tins of all shapes and sizes. So when we went to the Chinese gift emporium Pearl River Market in NYC (477 Broadway, between Grand St. and Broom St. in Soho) we thought we must have hit the jackpot. Pearl River is a veritable pantheon of garish, fun and colorful tea tins. Some of the showiest tins, with something of a retro flair, come from a Hong Kong company called Guang Sang Tea (which also goes by the imprint Roland). If you’re not in NYC, you can peruse the selection of tea tins at Pearl River online. The Roland vanilla tea tin at left is one of our favorites.
Art and food have always been interrelated. Perhaps its not a coincidence that the first still life for many painters-in-training is of a bowl of fruit. Feasting on Art takes this connection to a whole new level. A piece of artwork which features food is selected, and a recipe inspired by the artwork is also posted. Recent posts have included Pico de Gallo inspired by Frida Kahlo and Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce inspired by Manet. The photographs alone are worth a visit. Beautiful!
[Painting by Henri Fantin-Latour]
We love food, and we love photos. So what could be better than websites that feature nothing but food photos. Though there are many permutations of food photo blogs, our favorites are the constantly-updating grid-style sites that feature multiple pictures at a time. Our 3 favorite sites so far are: Photograzing, TasteSpotting, and FoodGawker . All these photos are user-submitted, which makes us believe maybe we can make some of these beautiful recipes ourselves. For now though…it’s fun to look.
Because carving an Obama pumpkin is not enough – how about making a cake, or a cupcake (or 100)? Yes we cake showcases the awesome work of some politically conscious citizen bakers. Makes me want to make a cake myself!
Cards from CakeSpy.