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Eat with Eyes

Maya Nakamura

When the tablecloth disappeared from fine-dining restaurants, antiseptic white china went with it. Nowadays, meals from Noma in Copenhagen to Husk in Charleston are served on gorgeous handmade dishes—often thrown by a ceramist the chef knows as well as his butcher, farmer, or forager. And why not? It’s all part of that “artisanal” experience.
— Belle Cushing, bon appétit
Husk (via 10Best)

Husk (via 10Best)

Mouthwatering food photos have been flooding the social media for quite some time now. Snapping photos of your meal before you eat is completely common place everywhere from the fancy restaurants to your home.  Yes, it can be annoying sometimes for many different reasons, but it certainly proves that people eat with their eyes as much as their mouths. 

instagram @helenedujardin

instagram @helenedujardin

instagram @higucci

instagram @higucci

It's nothing new to the Japanese that the food presentation is of paramount importance, with great care given to detail, color, form and balance.  They have turned food presentation into a high art, creating a "feast for the eyes".  It is common in Japan that the food is created and arranged by the chef who carefully decides how to plate which food on which dish.  This is a respectful way to honor both the artisan who created the dish, and the guest who will appreciate not only the taste, but the aesthetic value.   

It is no accident that the Japanese make beautiful ceramics and lacquerware.   <humble brag> 

raised bowl by naoji tanii (via sousou)

raised bowl by naoji tanii (via sousou)

small rhombus plate by shindo kobo (via usutwa gallery chidori)

small rhombus plate by shindo kobo (via usutwa gallery chidori)

Plate by Akio Nukaga via Utsuwa Kaede

Plate by Akio Nukaga via Utsuwa Kaede

Nevermind what exactly is on each dish.  Whether it is a home cooked meal, delivered food, or just simple snacks and nibbles, thoughtful presentation leads to more enjoyable meal.  

instagram @decokei

instagram @decokei

instagram @irodorco

instagram @irodorco

instagram @edibleliving

instagram @edibleliving

So go ahead and throw your food onto your fancy plate even if it is just Chinese delivery.   Serving on a unique plate can make any food look nice and appetizing.

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