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Playing With Food

Miss Cellania
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Mothers keep telling their children not to play with their food. The reason is probably because mothers tend to eat a child's leftovers (been there, done that). Some children never grow out of this habit!

Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann authored a series of children's books on food art beginning with Playing With Your Food. See a collection of Freymann's wonderful creations at Funny Stuff.

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In Asia, watermelon carvings are used for weddings and other special events the way ice sculture is used in the west. Japanese food artist Takashi Itoh is a master of watermelon carving. You can see a gallery his works at

Watermelon Special Fruitcarving

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Italian fruit sculptor Paolo Pachetti has

a gallery with

diagrams

outlining the fruits he used to create them, as well as instructional books and videos for sale.

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Famous faces were constructed from fries and pizza ingredients to celebrate British National Chip Week 2007. This is an image of soccer player Wayne Rooney. See

more faces at Spluch

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Comedian

Amy Sedaris

recently issued a chllenge for her viewers to make food cuter by adding googly eyes. The submissions are posted at

Flickr

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Renaissance man

George Hart

is an artist, teacher, and math geek. He decribes himself as "neither a professor of gastronomy nor paleontology, but I like cookies." His website features instructions for creating

these Trilobite Cookies

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Not that you'd want to encourage such a thing, but a German Burger King placemat has instructions for how to

build a throne from your french

fries

and ketchup! I wonder how many "second orders" were sold because of this?

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The Museum of Food Anomalies has food that looks like other things naturally with no human intervention. This photo is labeled "the saddest pickled egg on record." What's even sadder is that it was eaten soon after the photo was taken.

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