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Yours in Food, John Baldessari: with meditations on eating by Paul Auster, David Byrne, Dave Eggers, David Gilbert, Tim Griffin, Andy Grundberg, John ... O'Brien, Francine Prose, and Peter Schjeldah Hardcover – September 24, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Archit.Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568984952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568984957
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Conceptual artist Baldessari’s latest book (after The Metaphor Problem Again) looks a bit like a high-end impulse buy: every few pages there are manipulated photos of food and eaters; in between one can find short essays and stories by famous folks. The broad theme of food holds the whole party together, allowing Paul Auster’s memories of poverty in his young adulthood (excerpted from The Red Notebook) to rub shoulders with musician David Byrne’s intriguing but abruptly curtailed thoughts on "knifeless eating" and writer John Haskell’s short story "Toast." Art critic Peter Schjeldahl contributes a meandering essay on "taste" and Glenn O’Brien tosses in memories of his halcyon days in Andy Warhol’s New York, offering such insights as "Madonna had funny ideas about wine" and "when Max’s Kansas City closed... the abstract painters all had tabs in the five figures... The figurative painters were much more modest in their spending." The best of the group may be David Gilbert’s scathing satire "How to Cook a Turkey," in which a mother gives cooking instructions to her family and, in the process, reveals all her resentments and fears. Baldessari’s photographs, many of which seem to be film stills, are edited and cropped so as to obscure the subjects’ faces and shift the focus to the ritual of eating. This unusual perspective adds to the slightly menacing quality of the book, which should appeal to the artist’s fans but may leave other readers more uneasy than sated. Photos.
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Know someone who likes art as much as food? [Yours in Food] is the perfect gift of the season. -- Metropolitan Home Nov/Dec 2004

Quirky and offbeat, each essay is a surprise, and some are a revelation. -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, November 14, 2004

The tone is light and amusing while frequently thought provoking. -- Afterimage, Sep-Oct 2005

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bagus P. Himawan on February 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a photographer [...] and also teach photography full time. In my commercial photography class, I asked my students to read some of the essays before they shoot food photography as part of their assignments. We had class discussion about the essays and it was great. We love it! Very smart, fun, and definitely highly recommended.
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This is a truly fabulous book and it's a steal at $6. The book is well-crafted and Baldessari's photos look perfect on the pages. The essays truly form a whole, as the rhythm of the book unfolds. I've been wishing for a book like this for ages. A book that truly fuses art with food. This book is a must have for any reader of the magazine Gastronomy.
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