A Feast for the Eyes

Edible Art from Apple to Zucchini

Carolyn Tillie

A Feast for the Eyes

Carolyn Tillie

Distributed for Reaktion Books

144 pages | 100 color plates | 6 1/4 x 8 3/4 | © 2019
Cloth $19.95 ISBN: 9781789140637 Published July 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Savor a taste of the edible alphabet, from A to Z.

Throughout history, visual and performance artists of all stripes and degrees of renown have rendered their visions within the whimsical medium of food. But however ubiquitous the practice may be, in Carolyn Tillie’s deeply satisfying and gloriously illustrated A Feast for the Eyes, we embark on a delicious adventure that redefines the world of art. Explore the surprising artistry of apple-head dolls, butter sculptures, coffee paintings, and a grand cathedral carved entirely from salt. Learn about the ancient role of food creations in ritual and global folk art. Experience the modern magnificence of electrified vegetable sculptures and ethereal molecular gastronomy. Discover why Salvador Dalí had an obsession with lobsters, and why there is a giant palace in the American Midwest made entirely of corn.

For food lovers and art aficionados alike, A Feast for the Eyes serves up an aesthetic banquet that will delight the senses—and nourish mind, body, and soul.
Review Quotes
Florence Fabricant | New York Times
"Any survey of food as art has to feature Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the sixteenth-century Italian painter whose portraits are montages of food. There is a take-off on one, by the photographer Klaus Enrique, on the cover of this lovely volume, A Feast for the Eyes. The book is an alphabetical compendium, with entries showing and explaining fanciful Easter eggs, mosaics made from seeds and rice, carved radishes, butter sculptures, insanely elaborate lattes, and intricate Japanese confections. The introduction gives historical background from 60,000-year-old engraved ostrich shells to Instagram."
Gillian Riley, food historian
“The illustrations are a careful selection of mainly contemporary materials, from a witty recreation of Arcimboldo’s Vertumnus to astonishing crop art in the rice fields of Japan, corn palaces in South Dakota, and tea, chocolate, and coffee in strange manipulations, all brought together for the first time to give a delightful overview of edible art, beautifully designed and printed.”
Ken Albala, University of the Pacific
“This ravishingly luscious book proves once and for all, if it ever were in doubt, that food is art. An abecedarium of comestible confections and culinary marvels from around the world that is at once arrestingly beautiful and usually edible.”
ArtNet News
"Maurizio Cattelan’s now-infamous banana is hardly the only work of art made from literal foodstuffs. In artist Tillie’s gorgeously illustrated A Feast for the Eyes, she considers the role of art in the full span of art history, from prehistoric paintings done on the inside of eggshells, to elaborately crafted Renaissance banquets with extravagant sugar centerpieces. But the heart of this little volume—or should I say the gut?—is the incredible alphabetical rundown of artworks made from all types of edible ingredients, such as Vik Muniz’s caviar Frankenstein (2004) and Blake Little’s viral photographs of models dripping in honey.”
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