Food, Fun, and Faces

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You’ve never seen food like this! In the new book Food Faces: 150 Feasts for the Eyes, Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Master Chef and self-pro­claimed culi­nary pop artist, Rudi So­damin, uses noth­ing but food to craft more than 150 funny faces that he’s sure will in­spire a smile.

“When my chil­dren were small, I used to make them lit­tle plates of Food Faces to make them smile,” said So­damin. “I started to see that Food Faces in­spired ev­ery­one who saw them. They al­ways re­sulted in a smile. Hon­estly, they made me smile, too.” Each face is a work of art: vi­brant in color, rich in tex­ture, and con­structed in an in­cred­i­bly imag­i­na­tive way.

“I spent a lot of time think­ing about which in­gre­di­ents would be best to use, bought them, and cre­ated Food Faces within min­utes,” said So­damin. “Whether it’s a sim­ple hu­mor­ous face or an orig­i­nal in­spired face — my in­ten­tion has al­ways been to cre­ate truly orig­i­nal art pieces.” So­damin added that he plans to ex­hibit his work in gal­leries in Mi­ami and Europe, is work­ing on an­other book ti­tled About Face, and has no short­age of cre­ativ­ity and vi­sion.

“Food Faces have been around since the mid 1500s, when the fa­mous Ital­ian pain­ter Giuseppe Arcim­boldo cre­ated Food Faces through his paint­ings,” noted So­damin. “I was al­ways in­trigued see­ing his art­work.”

Hol­land Amer­ica pas­sen­gers have a chance to see So­damin’s art­work at Rudi’s Sel de Mer, where part of the restau­rant ta­ble set­ting car­ries his Food Faces art­work of seafood. Or you can find Food Faces, as well as So­damin’s other culi­nary books, on Ama­zon, Barnes & Noble, Tar­get, and other book­sell­ers, as well as aboard Hol­land Amer­ica ships in the fu­ture.

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