Animals carved from vegetables

These vegetable animals (shown here: eggplant penguins) are incredible -- I imagine that getting kids to eat their veggies is much easier if said food is pre-sculpted into elaborate animals. Just think of the sound-effects you could make at the dinner table: "Oh God no, please don't eat me, ow ow ow!" Link (via IZ Reloaded)

Update: Thanks to Edd in the comments thread for identifying the source of these pix: Food for Thought, by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann.


  1. Hi

    Just thought your readers might be interested in where these images originated. They’re scans from a children’s book called Food For Thought by a Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. They’ve written a whole series of these using carved fruit and veggies and my two year old son and I are big fans.

    Credit where credit’s due and all that. Keep up the good work.


  2. One of the ways I get my three year old to eat is by him pretending to be a shark, and the food are fish. He loves the sounds of the fish begging for mercy and wailing in pain as he chews them.

  3. If you let the animals carved from vegetables sit in silt for a few thousand years, they will become minerals! It’s a trifecta!

  4. This link is a shame. It’s one thing to post Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers’s pictures without credit, but to use them as an advertisement like they do here is sad…

  5. You can even see the hole from the calendar page in one of those. Googling Freymann and Elffers brings up many more. Shame they don’t have their own site (that I could find, anyway).

  6. I find I come across rip-offs of Effers without credit a lot, usually around Halloween when someone does his grumpy pumpkin faces.

  7. Freymann and Elffers have done many books of these food sculptures. And calendars, and postcards, etc. They’ve been widely available for at least five years, I’m sure even Walmart carrys the calendar. But if it’s news to Cory…

  8. This reminds me of the “Noche de Rabanos” or Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca, Mexico. Every December 23rd, people bring out amazing sculptures carved from Rasishes. Here are some pictures:
    Christmas in Oaxaca

  9. I’d never heard of Joost Eiffers until the publisher I work for started doing some art books with him. Less original than these vegetable animals, but still kind of neat–the first one is a series of Monet’s cathedral paintings done as an accordion fold, so you can fold the whole series out and see the progression of the light, etc., much as the Art Institute of Chicago exhibited his Houses of Parliament in a big circular room some years back. IIRC, in the book the reverse side of the fold-out is text by an art historian about each painting.

    There’s a Van Gogh one too; and others in the works. The series is called Objet d’Art, if anyone’s interested.

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