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Pieces of art created by playing with food

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9 Reasons to play with your food

Sometimes we just can’t help it… certain foods just beg to be played with! Here are a few examples of people who transformed simple foods into real works of art.

Some of these are masterpieces created by the steady hand of an artist with a unique vision, while others might just have been created as a desperate attempt to get the kiddos to eat something healthy. Regardless, we’re impressed (and a bit hungry).

Sushi on the go

Sushi on-the-go

Photo credit: Takayo Kiyota

Meet Takayo Kiyota, a makizushi ("rolled sushi") artist. She places the ingredients inside the cylindrical roll just so, and when she slices the sushi pieces, her artwork is revealed.

Tasty watermelon turtle

Tasty watermelon turtle

Photo credit: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Step it up at your next backyard barbecue by creating your very own watermelon masterpiece. The National Watermelon Promotion Board offers some stellar tips, from which types of watermelon work best to tools you'll need to carve like a pro.

Irresistible Indian food

Irresistible Indian food

Photo credit: Samantha Lee

Mom of the Year alert! Samantha Lee creates whimsical small-plate meals for her two young daughters and shares photos of her work online. Her 260,000-plus followers on Instagram can't wait to see what she comes up with for dinner tonight.

Head of cabbage

Head of cabbage

Photo credit: Dimitri Tsykalov

Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov created a wonderful series of skull sculptures out of fruits and vegetables between 2005 and 2008.

Bow-tie cukes

Bowtie cukes

Photo credit: DailyBend

Who could resist these cute cucumber bow-tie appetizers? Make them yourself with the easy recipe from DailyBend.com — with some cucumbers, radishes, bow-tie pasta, chives, micro-greens and cream cheese, you can whip these up in no time and wow your guests.

What a hoot

What a hoot

Photo credit: red hongyi

Artist Hong Yi created a new plate of food every day for a month, one of which was this "owl-nion" made of onions and mint leaves. Her 31 Days of Food Creativity is a must-see — check out her work on her blog.

Pasta nest

Pasta nest

Photo credit: CraftyMoods

If your kids have the appetite of baby birds, serve 'em up this tasty birds' nest dinner. On her blog CraftyMoods.com, blogger Trish shares her secrets to making this darling presentation with meatballs, pasta, carrots and celery.

Latte art

Latte art

Photo credit: Dritan Alsela

Dritan Alsela is a professional barista, stirring up a new masterpiece in each and every cup. Check out his work on his Facebook page or watch him in action on his YouTube channel.

Lions, peas and cucumbers, oh my!

Lions, peas and cucumbers, oh my!

Photo credit: Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee, also the creator of the little Indian girl plate above, served up this "king of the jungle" dinner to her two young daughters. So how does she do it? According to Lee, she sketches out her designs first to prevent food waste, then gets to work using scissors, knives and toothpicks.

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