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Food Play
by Saxton Freymann
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The creators of Play with Your Food have outdone themselves in this wonderful new book of food - mostly fruits and vegetables - carved into human or animal shapes.

The authors' collective imaginations are apparently endless and their creativity at an all time high. Leaf through the book, and you will find penguins carved from eggplants; a poodle and his bone constructed entirely out of cauliflower; and a monkey made out of kiwi. One amazing photo shows a family of scallions waiting for the train, which is carved out of a cucumber and riding on celery tracks.

And who knew bananas were so versatile? They can be shaped into a dolphin, a giraffe, a sleeping dog, an octopus, an airplane, even bowling pins. Mushrooms, too, can be made into houses, chairs, fireplaces, and television sets. The piece de resistance, at least for me, was the Parthenon constructed out of watermelon and celery.

Bright colored backgrounds accompany the photography in this several hundred-page volume. The unbelievably realistic expressions on these creations are sure to delight children and adults alike.

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