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Amazing Recipe Photography

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Food photography, particularly when seen in cookbooks, tends to be so boring. So when Ikea decided to create a cookbook that also served as a coffee table book, they reached out to photographer Carl Kleiner to help make the food images stand out from the other cookbooks of the world. The result, seen in Hembakat är Bäst (or "Homemade is Best" for you English speakers) is beautiful and likely to cause involuntary salivating.

Aside from looking pretty, the book can teach you to prepare a number of favorite Swedish desserts. It's not available on their website, so it may not be out in stores yet. But if you get a chance to buy one, I highly recommend it whether you are interested in the culinary or artistic value of the title.

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9 Exhilarating Close-Up Photos of Sharks
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Dive into the world of Shark, a new book by award-winning photographer Brian Skerry.

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This Artist Makes Portraits of Insects From the Plants They Eat
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The plant art of Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue goes way beyond flower arrangements. Inoue, who created the clothing brand Reikan Apparel, fashions intricate portraits of insects out of the plants that make up their habitats, as Laughing Squid spotted.

The series, "Natura Insects," includes butterflies made of flower petals, leaves intricately woven into moth wings, and black widows with rosemary legs. The results are delicate, innocent-looking bugs that no person could bear to squash. Inoue carefully arranges the pretty plant sculptures, then photographs them against a white background, resulting in an unexpected take on the traditional insect display cases seen in natural history museums.

If you like flower-based art, Inoue recently debuted a series in which his flower-petal figures blend into adorable illustrations of kids.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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