Food Mania: An Extraordinary Visual Record of the Art of Food from Kitchen Garden to Banqueting Table
Man's fascination with food has produced a huge body of literature, from poetry to cookbooks, but it has also yielded engravings, drawings, paintings ... Show synopsis Man's fascination with food has produced a huge body of literature, from poetry to cookbooks, but it has also yielded engravings, drawings, paintings, advertisements, and colorful labels, all for an eager audience of gourmands, chefs, and would-be cooks. As the most extraordinary visual record of food ever published, "Food Mania" covers it all: the delights of growing, preparing, and serving -- from kitchen to dining room, kitchen gardens to tea plantations; bakers to brewers. Whether through botanical depictions of rare fruits or detailed cartoons of the grocery store, the origins of the food we eat are explored in exhaustive detail. Next are the still-lifes of the larder, with every kind of foodstuff and ingredient, and the frenzy of a busy kitchen, complete with utensils. Finally, there is the culmination of art and artistry at the table itself, with scenes of 18th-century banqueting excess to delicious Art Deco illustrations of "polite" society, the details of plates and epergnes, knives and menu cards. In the grand finale, scenes of feasting provide the ultimate in our rejoicing over food.