Unlike most children, I never tired of making mashed potato volcanos. Now, food is my medium — I’m a hot dog sculptor, a sausage log cabin builder, and a fruit monkey maker; my Xmas cards featured a salami-based angel with ham wings. My affection for the color red and my tendency toward the macabre often result in mayhem on the plate. As you might imagine, I tend to spend a lot of time in my kitchen laughing and wondering what the neighbors might think. This blog is my attempt to share my creations and perhaps inspire other people to also play with their food.

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  1. Hey Josefiend!
    I just discovered your site. I look forward to seeing stories on the sausage log cabin, fruit monkey and salami angel.

    The La Noche de Rábanos radish sculptures reminded me of some food sculptures you would appreciate… Walnut Elephant, Almond Cow and Raisin Bear.

    I imagine you know all about them, you being an astute and intrepid food sculpture artist and they being a tasty morsel of local history, but in case you don’t… The sculptures were a part of Seattle’s Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909, created for the Fruit and Nuts exhibit in the California building. They consisted of–as you may well have guessed–life-sized replicas of an elephant made of walnuts, a cow made of almonds, and my favorite, the lovable little California black bear made entirely of raisins.

    The UW libraries have some good pictures of them in their digital collections.

    Walnut Elephant: http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/ayp&CISOPTR=1074&CISOBOX=1&REC=37

    Almond Cow: http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/ayp&CISOPTR=527&CISOBOX=1&REC=16

    Raisin Bear: http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/ayp&CISOPTR=561&CISOBOX=1&REC=15

    Happy food sculpting!

    Julian Castle

  2. Julian – Wow! I’ve never before seen those sculptures, but they’re fantastic! Thanks so much for letting me know about them — and for taking the time to comment. They’re quite inspiring, eh?

    I’m glad you found my blog and hope that you find my future posts amusing.

    ~ josephine

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