a pair of fun foodie gift books

Actually, you don’t have to be a card-carrying foodie to love these two new Fall 2013 books.

Both encourage us to play with our food and appreciate food as art. Nothing I like more than a fanciful feast. 🙂


EAT YOUR ART OUT: Playful Breakfasts by IdaFrosk (Kontur Publishing, 2013). Norwegian food artist/enthusiast Ida Skivenes has been posting her creative breakfasts on Instagram every day since the summer of 2012.

She believes food should be healthy, tasty and fun. Most of the breakfast plates featured in her book take between 5-15 minutes to prepare, require simple equipment and available ingredients, and all are meant to be eaten. What started on a whim one morning has turned into a great food adventure (100,000+ followers, international media coverage, columns in newspapers and magazines, special projects).

I love that her first ever creations were a bear and a fox. She also includes a few tips and recipes for pancakes, hot cereal, granola, scones, and nut butter. Check out her blog for behind-the-scenes pics and background on her Instagram features. Fun for all ages!

Feed the Panda (and yourself) All images © 2013 Ida Skivenes
Crazy Like a British Scone Fox
Little Red Strawberry Riding in the Hood
Edvard Munch: “Scream” (Art Toast Project)

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BIG APPETITES: Tiny People in a World of Big Food by Christopher Boffoli (Workman Publishing, 2013). This is a collection of Boffoli’s internationally-known series of photographs featuring tiny people posing in real food environments. Amusing, outlandish, snarky, and handily skewing our sense of perspective, Boffoli’s photos tease the imagination, whet the appetite for worlds beyond our own, and enable us to see common food items as never before — for their beauty, intense color, and wonderful textures. Readers of all ages will be drawn to these fascinating scenes, but the tongue-in-cheek captions will likely go over the heads of most kids. Have you ever dreamed of playing golf on a split papaya, mowing an orange peel,  bathing in blue Jell-O? Feast your eyes!

“With market prices skyrocketing, strawberry seeds were disappearing into the hands of poachers” (© 2013 C. Boffoli)
“A chance taken on a new path led them to swear off pineapple riding forever”
“Everyone just wanted to relax. But after Deborah got a few beers in her, she just wouldn’t stop talking”
“An elite squad was not always successful against superior numbers”


♥ Find out more about Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli at his official website (and check out that giant pumpkin pie).


Copyright © 2013 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

26 thoughts on “a pair of fun foodie gift books

  1. These look adorable! Love the tree made out of kiwi! Have you ever seen Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Hopkins? It’s not for kids (heh) but it is full of the most creative pictures of food made into clothes. Really worth looking at!


  2. How could you bear to eat one of those wonderful plates. Love them! But the art and sense of humor in Boffoli’s work is wonderful! Love the last one, twinkles out lasting their eaters! How wonderful are creative people! thanks Jama!


    1. Too cute to eat, just like some of the amazing bento lunches people make.

      The last one features teddy graham crackers, I think. Cornelius loves that one best!


    1. I read somewhere that Christopher orders the tiny figures from Europe and alters some of them. He “may” make some himself, not sure.


    1. She’s included several plates from her special Art Toast Project in addition to Munch — Monet, Picasso, Magritte, Matisse. Too cool. 🙂


  3. Oh, wouldn’t eating “The Scream” for breakfast be fun? Talk about swallowing one’s fears. I have to say, that Teddy Graham army was pretty intimidating. Great peeks at these books, Jama. The photos reminded me of one of my favorite foodie books, Gus and Button.


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