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Play with Your Food Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: MetroBooks (NY) (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586632302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586632304
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You can play with your food. In fact, you should. All the details are in Joost Elffert's remarkable Play with Your Food, which introduces readers to a new way of seeing the food they eat, then shows them how to transform that food into creatures of extraordinary personality.

Put a navel orange on its side, pip facing you. See anything yet? What do the folds suggest? Carve ovals and insert beans and sliced almonds--voila, two eyes. Cut ears from the sides of the orange and pull them forward. Now you have it--a cat's face of amazing and endearing character. But that's only the beginning. Learn to make artichoke-leaf aphids, bok choy buffalos, okra grasshoppers, green-pepper camels, and pear mice--just a few of the 75 ingenious projects.

Consisting primarily of color photos of the creatures, first in portraiture and then in step-by-step "recipes" for their creation, Play with Your Food teaches readers above all to see. In addition to limning techniques, the minimal text provides a short look at manmade and natural imagery that suggests or embodies the possibilities of metamorphosis. Then it's on to the creatures themselves and the fun of constructing them. Anyone who enjoys play and the magic of transformation will want Joost's book--and having seen it, will never look at eatables in the same way again. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elffers, an advocate of finding the natural visual puns inherent in his material, is almost reluctant to give how-to instructions, since he wants his readers to invent their own menageries. Nonetheless, there are recipes for each of the creatures, as well as a section on what materials to use for eyes ... ears ... and, especially, noses. -- The New York Times Book Review, Sarah Ferrell

If you enjoyed Anne Geddes's Down in the Garden ... there's no telling how many delighted squeals this tables-turning book will elicit … with tips for constructing, then eating, your own menagerie. -- Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is one of the most delightful and imaginative books I've ever seen.
Coraluigi
Another good idea is to have spare food on hand; you'll ruin an attempt or two for sure as you slice your way up the learning curve.
Elliot Essman
Joost Elffers lets you Play With Your Food without making you feel guilty.
Judith van Praag

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Joost Elffers's terrific "Play with Your Food" is a wacky trip inside the imagination of someone who is equally obsessed with food and faces. Elffers, a Dutchman, has a typically European flair for the dramatic and shows it off to great effect with the fruits and vegetables he chooses to showcase in this marvelous book.
Picture, if you will, a wee family of bears carved out of zucchini--or a pensive carrot couple glancing askance at each other--or a shy banana. Crazy as it sounds, these things are not only possible but positively enchanting. Elffers manages to give each little edible face some human expression so that the photographs seem to show us not something we might find on our salad plate (or in our fruit bowl) but something we might see across the breakfast table as we look at our spouse or children.
Elffers's sense of humor and inventiveness is captivating. Highly recommended for anyone who dislikes eating their vegetables--they just might enjoy gazing at their vegetables instead, if Elffers is in charge!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jae Brodsky on January 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My mother always stopped me from playing with my food. This book shows why she was completely wrong! From the front cover, with the cute lemon bear, through the pear rabbits and snow pea insects, to the winking pumpkin on the back cover, this book will astound you with its creativity.
The first part of Play with Your Food is an essay on the difference between seeing and looking. The main and largest part is photographs of hundreds of food animals made by the authors. The last part is examples and instructions on how to make your own food animals. It's fascinating to see how one can change a face from happy to sad to angry with only the small adjustment of eyes carved from almonds.
Play with Your Food is one of the only cute, adorable books I've ever read or looked at that hasn't made me ill. It provides laughter and creative project ideas for people of all ages. From toddlers to octogenarians, this book will delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Niedermeier on October 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is such a fun book! It is a great coffee table book or children's gift. My children (ages 1, 4, 4, and 6) can sit and browse through it for the longest time. My one year old thinks it is absolutely hilarious and it's wonderful for encouraging the imagination. We have lots of fun making our own silly people and faces with food. I have given this book as a gift to other children before and, although the kids always like it, the adults at the party always seem to spend the most time looking at it. Definitely one of my favorite books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Essman on July 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Don't think for a moment that the insane food presentation ideas in this book are only meant to delight children; adults I've entertained become hysterical when served okra lizards or pigs carved from citrus fruits. Two caveats if you try any of these techniques: choose the right sized knife, and make sure it is sharp. Another good idea is to have spare food on hand; you'll ruin an attempt or two for sure as you slice your way up the learning curve.
Food writer Elliot Essman's other reviews and food articles are available at [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judith van Praag on October 31, 1997
Format: Hardcover
If you wish to re-discover the sense of amazement you had when still in Kindergarten, if you want to share the -wow- with a child or friends, Joost Elffers is your guide. He takes you by the hand, while you create whimsical creatures out of bell peppers, garlic bulbs, bananas, leeks and more, without ruining food. Eat that dolphin-like banana, sautee a garlic swan, fill a stock-pot with some angry leeks and mousy yams. Joost Elffers lets you Play With Your Food without making you feel guilty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David H. Winward on July 6, 2005
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Excellent, although it may have been directed toward children, it is a great source of information and pictures for catering and decorating food tables. I use it all the time and marvel at how I now look at fruit and vegetables prior to buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Whether they try any of these recipes or not, this book makes a creative gift and one that your friends will definitely enjoy. Either this one or the 1999 Play With Your Food Calendar is great when you're stuck on what to give.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "stef211" on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you have never had the pleasure of flipping through the pages of this book, then buy it today! At first glance, it is merely a whimsical, albeit beautiful, series of photos. However, upon closer inspection, the expressions on the faces really start to come across. And, yes, I'm talking about produce! This is a great book to put on your coffee table and share with your friends.
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