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Lessons from a French Kitchen by Richard Goodman

Limits by Dinah Lenney

Slaughterhouse by Marissa Landrigan

Home is Where the Beer Is by Adam Blake Wright

Navel Gazing by Samuel Stinson

The Sacred Canon by Betsy DiJulio

Game Over by PES

A Return to M.F.K. Fisher by Leo Racicot

Two Poems by L.A. Ashby

Dame Factor Inc. by Melanie Abramov

With Mangoes by Grace Pauley

Table 7 by Marko Slavnic

Monster Roll by Dan Blank

Revenge by Lernert and Sander

Poor Girl Gourmet by Amy McCoy

The First Taste by Saatchi & Saatchi and Heckler

Samba Salad by Sandra Kaas

flatten by Kay van Vree and Hugo de Kok

Ways of Cheddar Chex Mix by Megan Kimble

Menupoems 2014

Chocolate Bunny by Lernert and Sander

The Traveller Eggs by Nora Silva

Interview by Peggy Wolff

Fermentophone by Joshua Pablo Rosenstock

Lycopersicum by Uli Westphal

Cupcake Canon by Johnny Cupcakes and Kamp Grizzly

Street View Supermarket by Liat Berdugo

Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman

Travel Around the Hob by Nora Silva

Marzipan in Toledo by Kristen Hemlsdoefer

10,000 Items or Less by Blair Neal

Menupoems 2013

How to Explain It to My Parents by Lernert & Sander

The Burger Foundation by Michelle Ellsworth

Bebe Coca-Cola by D├ęcio Pignatari

Tournedo Gorge by Kathi Inman Berens

Food Remix by Michelle Ellsworth

Interview with Darra Goldstein

Eating on Berry Street by Emily Nemens

In the Most Unlikely Places by Jason Bell

The Birthplace of the Tomato by David Wanczyk

Pot Luck by Cindy McCain

Secret Foods



by Uli Westphal

Alimentum is pleased to feature Lycopersicum, a fascinating work by artist Uli Westphal. Make sure to scroll down for Uli's artist statement.

Artist's Statement

Since the dawn of agriculture we have been actively engaged in a symbiotic relationship with the living world. In this process we have shaped and transformed a broad number of organisms towards our needs, while at the same time promoting their survival and geographic range. Through selective breeding and pollination we have created a seemingly infinite variety of breeds and cultivars from the wild ancestors of the now domesticated plants and animals. Since the industrialization of agriculture our focus has shifted on only a few novel, high yielding, 'good looking', uniform and predictable breeds and cultivars. This shift has led to the loss, displacement and mass-extinction of traditional livestock and crop varieties. A vast majority of all varieties ever developed by humans have already become extinct within the last 50 years. Without commercial interest, the remainder of our agricultural heritage may only survive in seed vaults, smallholder farms or in our backyards. Yet, its genetic plasticity and adaptability will be of utmost importance for the resilience and security of our global future food supply. With it we not only loose genetic diversity, but a living cultural and culinary heritage.

Lycopersicum is the first of a series of visual archives that will display the mind boggling diversity of agricultural cultivars. The work is a logic extension of the Mutatoproject, which focuses on the suppression of morphological diversity in our industrial food system. The title 'Lycopersicum' is part of the biological term for the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), thus this first series solely focuses on tomato-cultivars. Other species will follow in the near future.

  Uli Westphal is a freelance artist based in Berlin. His works deal with the way humans perceive, depict and transform the natural world. He studied multimedia and environmental art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, and at the Academy of Visual Arts in Enschede, the Netherlands (BFA). He obtained his Masters degree (Art in Context) at the UdK - University of Arts in Berlin. Visit his website at www.uliwestphal.com. You can support Uli's work by purchasing a print of the Mutato Project or one of his other fine works.