Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to a world where little people have big personalities. A world that's upside down and yet weirdly, wonderfully real. A world where Lilliputian thieves poach strawberry seeds. Where it takes a guy with a jackhammer to pop open pistachios. Where skaters fall into a crack in the crème brûlée, and teddy bear cookies congregate with evil intent.
Marrying inspired photographs of real food and tiny people with equally inspired captions, photographer Christopher Boffoli creates a smart, funny, quirky vision of what it means to play with your food. The scenes are hilarious and outlandish-- a farmer shovels a pasture full of cow pies, aka chocolate chips; hikers pause at a rest stop to take in a magical mushroom forest. And the captions surprise with their cleverness and emotional truth. Of the proudly gesticulating little chef amid the macarons: "Right on cue, Philippe stepped up to take all of the credit." Of the tiny bather up to her chin in waves of blue Jell-O: "In her continuing search for a husband, Gladys decided it was best to put herself in situations where she needed to be rescued." Of the broad-shouldered technician spreading condiments on a hot dog: "Gary always uses too much mustard. But no one can say so. It's a union thing."
Happiness, hope, adventure, pride, love, greed, menace, solitude--it's our world, seen through a singularly unique and funny lens, in more than 100 scenes from breakfast through dessert.
"Photographer Boffoli humorously and colorfully captures the disparity between large and small-scale objects, snapping photos of tiny toy people set against a backdrop of food. Playing into the 'universal cultural obsession with toys and food,' the photo 'Pop-Tart Fracking,' for example, depicts tiny construction workers excavating a Pop Tart with the caption: 'It finally made economic sense to extract cinnamon and sugar from previously impractical places.' In 'Unjolly Rancher,' a toy ranch hand with shovel is surrounded by chocolate drops and cows to illustrate that 'a rancher's work is never done.' In 'Teacup Scuba,' two divers sit on the edge of a full cup where 'Eric always had a healthy amount of anxiety before any deep-tea dive.' When the animals escape from the animal cracker boxes in 'Rare Animal Breakout,' 'the animals have but a brief taste of freedom before the poachers tried to reduce them to crumbs.' In 'Twinkie Field Casualty,' two paramedics carry a body on a stretcher across mountains of the junk food, and the caption warns: 'Sometimes the shelf life of the food exceeded that of the people eating it.' Photos from this series can be found in galleries around the world, testifying to their ability to entertain. Four-color photos throughout. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Christopher Boffoli won't stop playing with his food, and we couldn't be happier about it."
"Made me smile."
-Neil Patrick Harris
"Christopher Boffoli won't stop playing with his food, and we couldn't be happier about it." -Seattle Magazine
About the Author
Christopher Boffoli was nominated for a James Beard Award for his food photography, and his Big Appetites series has been featured in The Washington Post and on NPR, The Chew, the Huffington Post, Oprah.com, and other media outlets around the world. He also works as a writer and photojournalist and lives in Seattle, Washington.