food styling

Damn Good Design, For Damn Good Food

After high school and during college, I worked in kitchens. Today, I work in publishing and have what some might call a bit of a book habit. Not always good about restraint when it comes to both food and books, I’ve boasted about the fact that I’ve never gotten deep into cookbooks. For one...

Tiny, But Frightening

Over the weekend, Monsieur Heller pointed out the weird, possibly-OCD world of miniature food and its fans. Huge surprise, this happens a lot in Japan, and I follow a spooky YouTube channel that assembles microfoods in deathly silence. This particular channel highlights the bizarre microfoods (some edible, some not) that are all made of...

Designing the Way to Better Health

By Nicole Torres Designers, nutritionists, and food-policy experts were asked in the spring to reconsider how we get nutritional information about the food we buy. Initiated by the News21 program at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and Good magazine, the aim of Rethink the Food Label (as its name suggests) was to make nutrition...

Miniature Delicious Design

I have been working on this ongoing large-miniature project, the design of all things delicious looking (and tasting!) at Mission Minis Bakery in San Francisco. We took what was a tiny and very old—and very small—video rental store and transformed it into a mini bakery of mini cupcakes. Sorry no “before” shots, you know...

Food! Design! Freedom!

Here in Brooklyn, we’ve seemed to hit an apex of food enthusiasm. Its seems like every weekend this summer a new food-related event happens and every weekend my wallet is emptied by $20 lobster rolls or an even more expensive indulgence. Happily though, the food movement of today is part of a nice history...

Honey, I Shrunk the Sushi!

You wouldn’t ask why a grownup would grow Bonsai trees or place boats in bottles, would you? Well then, why question why a grownup, like me, would collect miniature (itsy-bitsy) food? Well one answer is that miniatures have a certain sublime exquisiosity. And another is that the Japanese, famous for making the world’s best...

Chocolate Editions

Mary Matson and Matt Even are the creative duo behind Chocolate Editions, the sweets and chocolate company the two formed in 2009. Chocolate Editions began as a celebration of the candy bar as a perfect pop object. Launched from their home kitchen as gifts for friends and family, it quickly grew into a full...

Colors Don't Kill, But Can Worsen Behavior

The New York Times reports: After staunchly defending the safety of artificial food colorings, the federal government is for the first time publicly reassessing whether foods like Jell-O, Lucky Charms cereal and Minute Maid Lemonade should carry warnings that the bright artificial colorings in them worsen behavior problems like hyperactivity in some children. Adding...