Reading While Eating: The Photography of Juliette Tang

May  1, 2012

I used to receive a healthy amount of criticism from close friends regarding my habit of reading while I ate. Their complaints were fair: I was ignoring them, I was distant, I was... chewing with my mouth grossly open because I was daydreaming mid-meal over some travel memoir. What they didn't understand — and, granted, I was not the most graceful practitioner of this routine — was the inherent beauty in pairing the perfect book with the perfectly composed meal. Tea and old English literature, bruschetta and a short story by Calvino, a madeleine and some Proust. The list of ideal matches goes on and on.

Thankfully, book photographer Juliette Tang has got my back! Although her focus is not explicitly on food, a number of her photos showcase brilliantly laid out meals alongside a nicely folded, just-worn-in-enough book jacket. I bet the eating is as good as the reading.

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Cassie loves to cook, eat, and then write about it. She can't resist anything with sweet potatoes, but if she had to pick one food for the rest of her life it might be avocado. (She changes her mind a lot.) She also believes that anything will taste better on a tortilla, and that tacos are the premier food of summertime. You can catch her reading Calvin & Hobbes on the stoop of her apartment, or on the roof in her garden. Say hello!