Carl Larsson is a Swedish Arts and Crafts painter, who is known for his scenes of everyday turn-of-the-century Swedish life, and especially for depicting his own home and family. His paintings have also become associated with St. Lucia’s Day (December 13th), due to his popular depictions of the Swedish folk festival. His St. Lucia pictures include the traditional treats, but those were not his only paintings of Swedish food culture. As you can see below, the Swedish table was one of his favorite subjects.
“St. Lucia” by Carl Larsson
“A Miner’s Home” – Carl Larsson
“At the Breakfast Table” by Carl Larsson
“The Friend from Town” by Carl Larsson
“Martina With Breakfast Tray” by Carl Larsson
“Splitting Peas” by Carl Larsson
Dia De Los Muertos Macaron Display – photos by Ganache Macaron
Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead is becoming more popularly celebrated and recognized around the world, which means that a whole new variety of creative treats based on the day are emerging. One of the more interesting Dia de Los Muertos themed creations we have seen is a macaron-themed Day of the Dead display in London. The display is located in the Covent Garden branch of Wahaca, an upscale Mexican restaurant. The macarons were created by Ganache Macaron and the designer Katherine Burke. We think they did a pretty amazing job, and our favorite has to be the giant sugar skull inspired macaron that is the centerpiece of the display (above). If you happen to be in London the display will be up until November 3rd.
Dia De Los Muertos Macaron Display – photos by Ganache Macaron
Thanks to our friend Marina for alerting us to this supremely appropriate link. Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin are photographers that work with the themes of food and travel in creative ways, such as creating world maps made out of a representative food from that country. The US is represented by corn, China by noodles, and France by bread and cheese. Do you agree with the representative foods chosen?
In honor of the new year, please enjoy – Let it Dough – a holiday story told in picture by the New York Times’ Christoph Niemann.
For all of you graphic design lovers out there, Free Vintage Posters has a pretty nice collection of food-related posters and vintage advertisements from around the world (which happen to be free for you to use!). The above turn-of-the-century ad is for the French cookie company Pernot, which was operational from 1869 to 1963. Now why don’t ads look like this anymore?
Photographer Emily Blincoe has an amazing photo series called “Colors Organized Neatly”. The title is pretty self-explanatory and the results are stunning. While she focuses on artful agglomerations of all kinds of objects, we are especially intrigued by her arrangements of food, including the pepper ensemble and candy below. Definitely check out her entire photoset for more creative shots of color-coordinated objects.
The Atlantic has an amazing photo series on Swiss cheese makers, the Murith family, during their seasonal production of Gruyere cheese. The pictures take the term “pastoral” to a whole new level.
Drawn the Road Again is an amazing blog of Chandler O’Leary’s travel sketchbooks created while criss-crossing the USA. But perhaps sketchbook is a misleading term, since each one of these Moleskine and Watercolor creations looks like a little work of art. Though this is not mainly a food blog, naturally there are many posts that touch on food, such as a visit to Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia, our favorite! (above and below images), the peach orchards of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington State, and the culinary delights of Dogpatch, San Francisco. We’re looking forward to the next trip.
Vintage Orangina Poster from France
Though often considered an afterthought, food packaging and design can sometimes be particularly beautiful and creative. Enter Free Flavour, an ever-changing visual collection of vintage American and foreign food packaging and advertising. With an incredible collection of unique images, Free Flavour is making us wish food product design and advertising still looked this way!
French photographer Jean-François Mallet has a lovely (somewhat) new book called “Take Away” which is an amazing chronicle of street food sellers and customers from all over the world. We were intrigued by his pictures of both familiar and new takes on street food. You can check out some more of Mallet’s food and travel photography on his portfolio site.
A mobile bread vendor in Beirut, Lebanon by Jean-François Mallet
I was first introduced to Marcus Nilsson’s photography by a feature in Swallow Magazine about food culture in Mexico City. Intrigued, I then went on the peruse some of his portfolio, and I love all of the travel food images. Here is a very small sample of some of his captivating photography from around the globe. A former chef, Nilsson talks to Fstoppers about his photography philosophy.
Marcus Nilsson: Parma
Marcus Nilsson: Marrakesh
Marcus Nilsson: Detroit
Marcus Nilsson: Mexico City
Marcus Nilsson: Spain
Our time in Salvador is drawing to a close, as is our time in Brazil, if you can believe it (we can’t)! We will be spending our last week in Brazil in São Paulo. So we thought it was particularly appropriate that we came across the blog Sampa versus Buenos as we prepare to leave for São Paulo. Taking a cue from the popular blog (and now book) Paris vs. NYC, the blog humorously compares the differences between the foods, culture, and icons of South American rival cities Buenos Aires and São Paulo (aka Sampa) in graphic form. Our favorite picture so far is that of the rival sweet treats, the Brazilian brigadeiro and the Argentine alfajor. We love both!
Just a fun link for Friday: “Omelette” by Madeline Sharafian tells the tale of a dog, its owner, and food. Bonus points for having an Elis Regina song as the background music.
Root Vegetables with Truffle Vinaigrette, by Chef Eric Briffard, Le Cinq
London-based photographer Richard Haughton specializes in capturing dishes by some of the world’s most creative chefs. Feature Shoot has an interview with Haughton, where he describes his techniques.
Do you work with a stylist to create the images?
“I don’t, it’s not necessary with these kinds of chefs. I work directly with the chef, deciding the best visual point of view for a particular dish, the best kind of plate, the best presentation.”
The cast of Charlie Brown in Latte form – NPR.com
We enjoy latte art, though it usually doesn’t go much beyond a leaf or a heart. However, Japanese barista Kazuki Yamamoto takes latte art to a whole new level – even including some 3D creations.
A friend sent us a link to the blog Pictures of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food, which describes its mission as “Documenting the phenomenon of people taking pictures of food they did not themselves cook. Food at restaurants. Food at parties. Food at backyard BBQs.”
We had a chuckle, because one day we will definitely be featured on this blog. I mean, we can barely remember the last time our trusty picture-maker did not accompany us to a restaurant. We should note that most of the featured hipsters seem to be using their phones, but we go high class with a digital camera! Like our friend in the photo above. Check out his commitment to capturing all the beauty in his fast food cheeseburger (McDonald’s?). But whatever – we do it for all our loyal readers out there! You invite us to a backyard BBQ, we will take photos of all the pulled pork. And then happily consume it all and write about it. Just for you.
Here is a fun food link for your weekend: Pantone food pairings. Artist David Schwen creates mock Pantone chips using foods that make perfect combinations: salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, etc. We have previously covered the intersection of food and the Panone Color Matching System here.
L’Escargot on Rue Montorgueil by straightfromthecask
There is nothing we love more than touring cities in search of food and food shops, so we were very excited to see David Lebovitz’ description of a tour down Rue Montorgueil-Les Halles in Paris. It seems like an amazing, concentrated taste of the food culture Paris has to offer (not that there is any shortage of that). Food for thought for anyone planning a Paris trip.
The British website We Heart is arbiter of all things design-related, and we have always been impressed by their coverage of international restaurant design. Though most of the restaurants we frequent are of the hole-in-the-wall variety, we always appreciate some elegant design, and judging by the coverage on We Heart, there are some pretty innovative ideas out there. The photo above is from an ultra-modern, stark-white Cioccolato a chocolate shop/bakery in Mexico City. Another futuristic design is presented by the monochromatic Arthouse Cafe in Hangzhou, China. For a more industrial look, check out this Philly-style diner, Pat’s, in Melboourne, Australia. The photo below is of Nando’s Ashford in Kent, UK, a sister restaurant in the Nando’s chain M visited in Washington D.C. More photos of the Ashford Nando’s are available at Design Milk. For even more cool restaurant designs, check out the Lifestyle section of We Heart. For those who want to delve deeper, Dwell Magazine has an interesting post about the history of restaurant design.