Joe Wirtheim's Victory Garden of Tomorrow project produces posters, postcards, t-shirts and tea towels to encourage home gardening, canning, chicken raising, and to promote the values of work, self-reliance and creating a better future. His designs are bold and modern, but his message is grounded in American history. His humorous take on old victory garden posters of the past would make a nice addition to your kitchen wall. Or sling a flour-sack tea towel over your oven door handle to dry.
For reasons both practical and romantic, I usually create a little bit of kitchen art when I return from the farmers' market. Often it's just a simply arranged bowl of fruit or a line of tomatoes left on the windowsill to ripen. But if I'm feeling creative or if my haul is particularly beautiful, I find myself building a more elaborate display, a painterly still life right there on my kitchen table.
One of the fascinating things about farmer's markets are the many stories, told and untold, that can be found there, if only we look hard enough. San Francisco artist Wendy MacNaughton went to the Civic Center Farmers' Market and created a beautifully illustrated documentary called Farmer's Marker Farmers in the Own Words.
It seems fitting that Michael Pollan would snack on pu'er tea and roasted almonds while he writes, doesn't it? Slightly more surprising is Mary Roach's love of beef pho and corn nuts!
Artist Wendy MacNaughton uncovered several writers with odd snacking habits in her research for this beautiful spread in last weekend's New York Times. Her illustrations of these habits give a fun peak inside the days, and minds, of our favorite authors.
We recently praised battered baking sheets for their utility and history in the kitchen, but photographer Christopher Jonassen takes it one step further, exploring the physical beauty to be found in the dings, scratches and scrapes of well-used frying pans.
An ice cream cone, in the split second before the first lick — it's an iconic image of summertime. Debbie Carlos captures it in this oversized black and white print. We showed you Carlos' Summer Bounty print last year; this one makes a similar dramatic statement in the kitchen.
36"x 48", printed in halftone on bond paper. Also available in 24x36".
Spotting these macro foodscapes with their tiny unwitting residents over on My Modern Met made laugh out loud with delight. The images have since gone viral, but just in case you haven't seen them yet, it's totally worth taking five minutes this morning to check them out.
If you've ever looked at the ingredients list on a Twinkie and wondered what calcium caseinate and sodium acid pyrophosphate actually look like, check out photographer Dwight Eschliman's 37 or So Ingredients.
Are these the components of a familiar yellow snack cake or a chemistry experiment?
Wayne Thiebaud is a Pop Art painter whose 1963 work Cakes features a table of frosted cakes rendered in paint so thick it looks like real frosting. We can't blame anyone for wanting to taste one — or all of them, as one couple managed to do when they recreated the painting with real cakes for their wedding.
Take a look at their impressive work after the jump!