Embutidos Ibéricos

I love “Embutidos Ibéricos” - Spanish sausages - although I don’t eat them anymore.
One of my childhood strongest memories is watching the slaughter of a pig and the making of hundreds of different sausages using all the parts of the animal.

Embutidos Ibéricos. Monotypes (2013)

Roast Christmas Pig A Lo Cubano

The classic magic trick of the disappearing woman served as inspiration for these illustrations for Food Republic about the curious history of the Caja China, or Magic Box, a Cuban invention for perfectly cooking suckling pig, the Caribbean Christmas centerpiece.

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Thai Town LA

When we moved to Los Angeles, I wanted to live near Thai Town, the center of the biggest Thai community outside of Thailand. I have traveled in Thailand, and the cuisine is one of my favorites. Here in L.A., I have journeyed through Thai Town to eat noodles, barbecue, Southern Thai home cooking, Thai street food…trying new dishes and drawing in my notebook every time I go t a new place.


Beyond paella

The typical image of paella in Spanish restaurants is a bad close-up photo  on a menu discolored by the sun. While that cultural iconography may have its own kitsch appeal, it has nothing to do with the immediate visual effect of a real paella. This story on Food Republic went "Beyond Paella" to chronicle some of the other classic Spanish dishes among my favorites in my own style.

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All You Need To Know About Maple Syrup

We eat a lot of syrup at my house.
My brother-in-law has been a maple syrup farmer for more than 25 years. My wife, Judy Cantor-Navas, had the idea of doing a story for Food Republic about the various grades of syrup, something that people tend to have passionate opinions about. As seen here, I riffed on the Pantone Color Chart to represent the different shades of maple syrup.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Meets An Afro-Cuban Menu In Harlem

I made this illustration for a story for Food Republic about a Cuban-themed dinner by chef Marcus Samuelsson at Ginny's Supper Club in Harlem. He created an Afro-Cuban menu for a night of Latin Jazz music by pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his orchestra. The similarities of jazz improvisation and cooking inspired this image.

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Arturo O'Farrill brings his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to Ginny's in Harlem Tuesday, with a themed dinner by Marcus Samuelsson.

Arturo O'Farrill brings his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to Ginny's in Harlem Tuesday, with a themed dinner by Marcus Samuelsson.

Lamb Tagine: Salaam

In 2007 my wife, Judy Cantor-Navas, and I were invited to the Festival of Sacred Music in Fez. We also took a cooking class with chef Lahcen Beqqi. With Lahcen, we shopped at the souk and prepared a three-course meal in the kitchen of a Riad. Our trip to Morroco inspired a book, called Salaam, with texts by Judy and my illustrations and photographs. This is the illustration for the lamb tagine recipe.

Oil on cardboard (2007)

Oil on cardboard (2007)