Taste the Infographic Book of Food

Most food related book are beautiful, with mouth-watering images of scrumptious food. Even the vegetarian cook books has photos of artistically displayed food, but when I cook it looks like a total mess and always seems to be drier than usual food. Anyway, this book on food has a different sort of beauty.

It is very colourful but instead of photos of real food it is filled with facts and illustrated infographic. 

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Details of the origin of the food, some unusual way of eating them, comparisons between countries tradition of of eating/processing the food, who consume them the most, etc is included.

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I learn things like if you want to deep fry don’t use olive oils. That Indonesian is the 2nd largest consumers of instant noodle just after China, etc. One thing that disturbs the prettyness of the book is sometimes , good illustrations like this pavlova is in the middle, we then have to imagine what the image itself without splaying the book too much. Sigh.

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This is one of those books that mentions Indonesia a fair bit. Like I said, food and Indonesian, is something of a legendary love affair. Don’t you agree?

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Beautiful book right? As you can see the whole title of the book is Taste: The Infographic Book of Food, I assumed at the beginning, that Laura Rowe, the only name on the cover of the book is also the illustrator. You know how I love illustrations, and I really liked this one, so I went to find her online, to see her other work. It was really disappointing to find it turns out that Laura Rowe isn’t the illustrator, she is the just the writer. The illustrator is Vicki Turner. I think when a book is publicise or is sold on the basis of being ‘infographic’ the person who does the infographic needs to be given their credit due. Don’t you think? If you see books that are illustrated by Chris Riddell and the stories aren’t by him, it still credits him as the illustrator. Writing and illustrating are equally creative in their ways. So check out Vicki’s Instagram if you like the look of her work.

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Anyway, have you got a favourite book that talks about food (beside eat pray love please)? or a recipe book that you use all the time?