365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts
by Bill & Claire Wurtzel
160 pages, 7.5 x 7.5
Hardcover, $19.95 ($19.95 CAN)
365 full color photographs
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Not since Joost Elffers' Play With Your Food has food been so ridiculous and so endlessly diverting. Parents and children will giggle through breakfast. Teachers and students can laugh some more making snacks or desserts after lunch. This is a book filled with nothing but engaging spontaneity and simplicity that makes you say, "I can do that." And, you can...the consequences are yummy. Really, who doesn't like to play with food? Bill Wurtzel, a jazz guitarist, has been making these plates for his wife, Claire, for as many years as they've been married. Now he is turning a hobby into an art form with a social message. His goal is to discourage obesity by inspiring children—and adults—to improve their eating habits by creating meals that are not only nutritious, but also fun. It's your turn...
These are not your mother's smiley-face sandwiches. In Bill's world, carrots turn into airplanes; boiled eggs into jugglers, and pears into guitar players. As gracefully as Picasso's ceramic plates found endless form so do Wurtzel's portraits which seem to grow out of almost anything—cheerios and bananas; lox and bagels; oatmeal, blueberries, and strawberries. Sometimes you think he is portrait artist and you could swear you just saw Sigmund Freud emerging from a pear or Shakespeare growing out of an apple. Sometimes the plates are just plain fanciful. "Your breakfasts don't have to look like they'll hang in the Louvre," he says. "It's the gesture that counts." But it sure looks like he riffed on Matisse's paper cutout dancers with a papaya. Bill does snacks, too.
Funny Food will contain both recipes and how-to photographs where relevant.
The Wurtzels have also been conducting workshops throughout New York City, teaching them to use their imaginations to improve their health "rather than just putting lettuce and vegetables on their trays."