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225 × 165 × 15 mm
184 pages
100 colour illustrations
10 Jun 2019

A Feast for the Eyes Edible Art from Apple to Zucchini Carolyn Tillie

Savour a taste of the edible alphabet, from A to Z. Throughout history, visual and performance artists have rendered their visions within the whimsical medium of food. In Carolyn Tillie’s deeply satisfying A Feast for the Eyes, you’ll embark on a delicious adventure that redefines the art world.

Explore the surprising artistry of apple-head dolls, butter sculptures, coffee paintings and a grand cathedral carved entirely from salt. Learn about the ancient role of food creations in ritual and global folk art. Experience the modern magnificence of electrified vegetable sculptures and ethereal molecular gastronomy. Discover why Salvador Dalí had an obsession with lobsters, and why there is a giant palace in the American Midwest made entirely of corn.

Whether you’re a food lover or an art aficionado, this book serves up an aesthetic banquet that will delight your senses – and nourish mind, body and soul.

‘The illustrations are a careful selection from mainly contemporary material, from a witty recreation of Arcimboldo's Vertumnus to astonishing crop art in the rice fields of Japan, corn palaces in South Dakota, and tea, chocolate and coffee in strange manipulations, all brought together for the first time to give a delightful overview of edible art, beautifully designed and printed.’ — Gillian Riley, Food Historian

‘This ravishingly luscious book proves once and for all, if it ever were in doubt, that food is art. An abcedarium of comestible confections and culinary marvels from around the world that is at once arrestingly beautiful and usually edible.’ — Ken Albala, Professor of History, University of the Pacific

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Carolyn Tillie is a freelance writer and award-winning artist, and the author of Oyster: A Global History (Reaktion, 2017). She lives in the Californian coastal town of Montara.


A is for Apple, Avocado
B is for Bread, Butter
C is for Cake, Caviar, Cheese, Chocolate, Cocktail, Coffee, Corn
D is for Daikon
E is for Egg
F is for Fruit
G is for Gelatin, Gingerbread, Gummy Bear
H is for Honey
I is for Icing
J is for Jell-O
K is for Kyaraben
L is for Latte, Lobster
M is for Marzipan
N is for Noodle
O is for Oreo
P is for Pastry, Pumpkin
Q is for Quail Egg
R is for Radish, Rice
S is for Salt, Seed, Springerle, Sugar
T is for Tea
U is for Udon
V is for Vegetable
W is for Wagashi
X is for Xantham Gum
Y is for Yam
Z is for Zucchi

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