Comestible 7-Day Meal Plan: Food as Text

Artist’s Book 2020 (publication date)

Keywords:

artist’s books; photo-essays & documentaries; popular culture; food and culture; sustainability; philosophy of food; consumerism; ecology and ethics; the environment; globalization; social ecology; poetry; eco-art

ABOUT THE PROJECT
What we eat has tremendous implications for our health, society, and the environment. Interweaving ethical, political, aesthetic, and poetic registers, Badani’s seven messy and discomforting “recipes” invite the reader to consider the larger ecological landscape in which food and diet are part of the greater global narrative.

Part ecological manifesto, part artistic parody, this provocative work – disguised as an easy-to-read cookbook – blends ideas about consumerism, power, experience, time, nature, innocence, hope, sin and salvation. Melding photography together with elements ranging from poetry to science to informed psychobabble, this 7-day “diet plan” is funny, whimsical, and refreshingly critical of the greed behind consumption.

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Publisher: Pat Badani Studio (July 20, 2020)
Author/Photographer/Project director: Pat Badani
Editorial Design: Veronica Borsani
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-7349026-9-3 (paperback)
ISBN:978-1-7349026-7-9 (epub)
ISBN: 978-1-7349026-8-6 (kindle)
Paperback: 86 pages
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches.
In this artist's book I survey my fraught relationship with food production and consumption –highly charged arenas in which cultural, social, economic and political tensions converge. I parody 'diet plans' by means of seven recipes that are food for thought; ironic propositions that depart from culinary instructions typically found in 'how to' cookbooks.

Rather, ingredients and directions offer enticing clues to time, place, class, and character by melding together elements ranging from poetry to children's rhymes to informed psychobabble.

At the intersection of art and science, the editorial design alludes to instruction manuals and to scientific papers in that I take certain conventions –like periodic tables– to transmit the aesthetic of a laboratory exploration, or a biology cabinet. Interweaving ethical, political, aesthetic, and poetic registers, I invite the reader to consider the larger ecological landscape in which food and diet are part of a greater narrative involving life’s makeovers.

Pat Badani

Comestible 7-Day Meal Plan: Food as Text / All media and texts © Pat Badani, 2020.