15 Fancy and Funny Food Illustrations From the British Library
The British Library has a Flickr account. Though this may seem unnecessary, the purpose behind it is actually quite practical: There are over one million images they need you to tag and categorize. With shelves of public domain works to sift through, their "Mechanical Curator" has been uploading imagery from nearly 400 years' worth of documents since 2013 and users at home have been slowly categorizing the pictures. It's a fascinating project, but as yet there hasn't been a dedicated food section. Before you fall into the black hole of Flickr and see an entire afternoon pass by as you browse the entire collection, we've found the funniest and fanciest food illustrations. Enjoy!
Never in my life have I seen a cherry sliced like that.
This man is getting revenge on a ham that wronged him.
Wow, nutmeg trees are way more beautiful than those little brown nuggets.
All-you-can-eat racks of lamb are a bad business model.
Coffee has never looked so beautiful (except on Monday morning).
The name "peanut" is starting to look so much better by comparison.
This same scene was re-created 100 years later on a Carnival Cruise.
Not Just A Figment
Somehow this one feels like it's getting too intimate with a fig.
Squash & Stuff
There's a farmers' market in Brooklyn that would kill for this kind of signage.
Every restaurant should have a ghost telling you when to steer clear of the fish.
Pour One Out
Okay, on second thought, let's just keep spooky things out of the dining room.
The Danish word for "breadfruit" more accurately describes the way it looks.
I don't know what "brutes would do," but I would keep the good fish for myself.
She has the right idea: You shouldn't have to wear a shirt to a picnic.
Frankly, if I were mad, I'd be looting the bakery too.