From Publishers Weekly
Conceptual artist Baldessaris 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 Austers memories of poverty in his young adulthood (excerpted from The Red Notebook) to rub shoulders with musician David Byrnes intriguing but abruptly curtailed thoughts on "knifeless eating" and writer John Haskells short story "Toast." Art critic Peter Schjeldahl contributes a meandering essay on "taste" and Glenn OBrien tosses in memories of his halcyon days in Andy Warhols New York, offering such insights as "Madonna had funny ideas about wine" and "when Maxs 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 Gilberts 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. Baldessaris 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 artists 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