Photo exhibition reflects on food and environment
Gilles Daveau, a former restaurateur and current diet consultant and writer, hosted a culinary workshop at the Grand Mercure Wuhan Qiaokou on September 18.Part of the Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment, the workshop invited people to share Mr Daveau's taste for all things simple and good.
Assisted by staff at the Grand Mercure Wuhan Qiaokou, Mr Daveau demonstrated how to cook various dishes by making the most of plant protein.
Using the staple ingredients of buckwheat and white beans, Daveau expertly combined them with sardines, and chopped vegetables, then baked, stewed or fried, to produce mouthwatering treats in the form of pizzas, pies, or cakes, providing participants a variety of flavors to try.
Daveau said that he hoped to show people through the workshop another alternative to the traditional elaborate cooking style in France. He described alternative cooking as simple and economical because it relies more on plant proteins. "My intention is not to ask people to give up meat completely," said Daveau. He added though, that by making the most of plant proteins, people can reduce mass consumption of industrial meat and include only small amounts of organic high-quality meat to assist in creating a healthier and more environmentally friendly life.
Daveau has published six books for his series "Je Passe A Lacte." He brought his latest book of the series to Wuhan, the first stop of his China trip. He met readers at Beyond Book Story in Hanyang the same day.
Works on view
The exhibition "Time to Eat... with French Artists! Their Eyes on Food," was unveiled at the Marketing center, Union Real Estate on September
19. A touring exhibition under the framework of the Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment, it is a thought provoking collection of approximately
50 works by 15 contemporary artists who, in their own unique artistic style, explore the issue of food in terms of culture, society and ecology.
Some of the images are delightfully quirky as seen in the self portraits of artist Bernard Demenge. Some other images are whimsical as presented in artist Thierry Boutonnier's photo that see him seriously trying to explain to a cow about their targeted milk production. There are also creative images that show creatures with a futuristic theme.
Olivier Darne attended the exhibition's opening ceremony on behalf of the artists' group. His own works are also on display. One of these is his project titled "Honey Bank". Olivier said that this project intends to reintroduce bees to cities through urban hives. It aims to re-establish links between humans and their environment.
The free exhibition will continue until October 14.
Gilles Daveau signs his latest book.