Repast lives: a history of food photography – in pictures

In this taster from her new book Feast for the Eyes, curator and writer Susan Bright brings into focus the rich history of food in pictures. From Man Ray to Cindy Sherman and Martin Parr, it is an artful exploration of how the edible vastly exceeds the simple things we put on our plates. Anna Wilkins Friday 8 September 2017 11.42 BSTLast modified on Friday 8 September 2017 18.24 BST Nickolas Muray, Lemonade and Fruit Salad, McCall’s magazine, ca. 1943; from Feast for the Eyes (Aperture, 2017). Photograph: Nickolas Muray/Aperture.org FacebookTwitterPinterest Nobuyoshi Araki, Colourscapes,…

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Chicken Changezi: The History of the Curry & its Supposed Connection With Mongolian Ruler Ghenghis Khan

The art and sophistication of Mughlai preparations have caught the fancy of food lovers throughout centuries. For India, the Mughal era officially began with Babur’s rule in 14th century A.D. The word “Mughal” means “Mongol” in Persian, and Babur adopted the term ‘Mughal’ to refer to his Mongol heritage. But it turns out that the ‘Mughlai’ culinary influence reached the Indian shores much before Babur step his foot in Delhi. For instance the Chicken Changezi, a popular chicken delicacy popular in the Northern part of the country, is said to have its link…

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The Pound Cake: It’s History and What Makes it a Classic Dessert

We all crave for the chocolatey truffle pastry, the beautiful red velvet cake or the absolutely flawless blueberry cheesecake every once in a while, but the basic vanilla pound cake stays an all-time favourite. It’s the most basic, tastiest as well as the easiest recipe. However, has it ever occurred to you why a pound cake is called a ‘pound cake’? Every name has a history, every name tells a story. A chocolate chip cake is named that way as two of the major ingredients in the cake are cocoa…

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A Brief History of Fashion, Told Via the Fashion Plate

Fashion plates are a classic, even stereotypical angle image from the Victorian era, featuring duos and trios of women modeling the latest looks circa 1877. But how did consumers of the time actually use these images? What did you actually do with a fashion plate, anyway? Recently released in lavish paperback, Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style is a beautiful chronicle of the form in its heyday. It’s the work of April Calahan, a fashion historian who works in special collections at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, whose holdings…

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