food waste sculptures

We’ve talked about food waste.

Photo by Foerster via Wikimedia Commons

How to avoid it,

how entire cities are composting it,

and how some folks eat it.

But I recently discovered another use for food that has passed its prime.


While you may not want to replicate this at home, I know you’ll appreciate the aesthetic. Lauren Purnell, a Canadian photography student living in London, has achieved social-media star status by crafting uniquely beautiful works of art from pitched produce.

Watch this video clip from CBS This Morning:

On second thought, moms might just want to recreate Lauren’s lovelies in their kitchens (using fresher veggies). Imagine how enticing they would be to pint-sized picky eaters.

Visit Lauren’s Culinary Canvas website to see more.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Isn’t it amazing how some people can look at what others disregard as waste and come up with useful and beautiful alternatives? It is incredible what creative people can do!

  2. Dolly says:

    Beautiful! She has such talent! I’ve always thought fruits and produce have the most beautiful colors textures…Love this thanks for sharing.

  3. Who doesn’t like to play with their food? For TRUE SILLINESS try the vintage cookbook ” Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls” from 1957. I was given a copy when I was about 10.It is filled with amazing play with your food ideas like: Bunny Salad, (Made from a pear half) Candle Salad ( made from a banana) Three men in a boat (using a baked potato),Raggedy Ann salad ( peach halves, celery, cheese etc) , a whole chapter on silly cakes,campfire cooking,ludicrous fruit toppings for cereal, and so much more. They really should reissue this sweet little cookbook. I lost my childhhood copy but my friend and fellow MJ poster Debby Mckissic gave me a copy as a gift. Talk about reliving your childhood! Again, thanks Debby !

  4. Linda says:

    Veggie sculptures could be a great rainy day project. LOL!

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