Most people enjoy food and art, but what happens when you combine the two? Just ask Norway-based Ida Frosk, who has succeeded in making all of our culinary creation dreams come true with her book Eat Your Art Out. Part practical guide and part visual feast, Eat Your Art Out serves up a serious dose of inspiration while promoting healthy eating. From Little Red Riding Hood vignettes to recreating famous works of art, Ida’s book is chock-full of creative ideas that will whet the appetite of adults and kids alike. On a recent trip to Norway, BRIKA Co-Founder Jen Lee Koss and her five-year-old son met Ida at her Oslo apartment to have fun with food while getting the scoop on her edible art.
Where did the inspiration for the food art behind your blog come from?
The direct inspiration came from seeing food art online and thinking “I wish someone would serve me something like that for breakfast.” When that didn’t happen, I simply decided to take the knife in my own hands and make it for myself. It turned out nicely and got me thinking of some other ideas, so I kept at it and discovered my hidden talent for playing with food.
When it comes to thinking of new ideas for food art, how do you stay creative? What inspires you to come up with these motifs?
By returning to the basics, the ingredients themselves and the beauty of nature. I’m very inspired by the shapes, colors and textures of fruits and vegetables, so when I need a creative refill I turn to look at them more closely than before. I try to see what they remind me of, perhaps finding a swan in a banana or a leather skirt in a red bell pepper.
Jen’s son’s Batman art.
What are the essential ingredients to have on hand to create these works of art?
The possible food art palette is very large but there are certain things that are easier to work than others. Fruits, berries and vegetables in a variety of colors are great. My favorites are apples, blueberries and bell peppers. Greek yoghurt works for many purposes, it’s thick so it stays in place. Bread is also very adaptable, it can be carved into fun shapes and topped with jam or cheese.
What are words you live by?
Don’t forget to play!
Pick up your copy of Eat Your Art Out here.