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Food as Art 
3rd-Mar-2007 09:23 am
cooking
I wrote the following post in my head as I was making dinner last night. I'd have posted then, but I was having too much delicious fun.

As I am making a hearty stew for dinner, it occurs to me that I view cooking as consumable art. Not all art is meant to be permanent, nor hoarded. Food is like this to me. My palette is the meat, vegetables, grains, spices, herbs and liquids. Each meal, each canvas, is unique and one of a kind.

If I choose to do a paint by numbers, I will make a meal from a tried and true recipe. If I don't like a particular shade, I have the ability to change it.

If I want to work in fast drying medium, I'll make a quick meal.

If I want to work with richer pigments, I'll slow cook a dish, changing the hues as it simmers

In a day's time, I can put out several pieces of art. I can make a modern art dish, replete with simplicity. Or I can create a Masterpiece full meal.

The visceral nature of getting my hands covered with the tools of my art appeals to some deeper longing. I actually enjoy the texture of the foods I cook. I want to experience the alchemical transition of the ingredient to the meal. I like the color of beet stained fingers, and the scent of herbs on the skin. I like being a part of the art I'm creating.

Shopping in the farmer's market and the butcher shop become akin to being let loose in an art store looking for supplies. This is why my artist's soul loves to cook.
Comments 
3rd-Mar-2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
I somehow stumbled upon your journal from the food_porn community and I loved this post. It sums up so beautifully, how I feel about food. I adore cooking and to me, it is my art. The alchemy and beauty of it fascinates me endlessly and I love being let loose in the kitchen to explore this wonderful art further. I was pleased to see someone else say that to them, shopping in the farmer's market and butchers shop is akin to buying art supplies. I spent a glorious time today exploring our local market, butchers and cheese shops. Its wonderful to take home dirty beetroots, pungent stalks of lemongrass and bundles of grassy herbs, and be able to make something truly magical with them in my own little kitchen.

Sorry, I rambled there a little. Anyway, what I mean to say, is would you mind if I added you to my friendslist...? Its nice to see someone else who has a passion for food :)

3rd-Mar-2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree. I'm totally lacking in any real artistic skills, to my constant annoyance. I can cook a half-decent meal, though, and when I take the time to really do it up, I get a great deal of satisfaction about making it look nice, smell attractive, and present an array of flavors to the palate. It's fun!
4th-Mar-2007 03:50 am (UTC)
"The visceral nature of getting my hands covered with the tools of my art appeals to some deeper longing. I actually enjoy the texture of the foods I cook. I want to experience the alchemical transition of the ingredient to the meal."


this is what it's about for me too.

I'm trying to get my groove back with cooking. I haven't been able to get into it for a long time now, and I miss it.
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