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.
Oil on canvas.
Iphone painting of a glass of Tequila reposado.
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.
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.
I adapted the legend of the origin of Spanish tapas to create the pilot for an animated series bringing to life anecdotes and curious facts about world cuisine and food history.
Dresden in Los Feliz is the kind of bar that reminds me of my native Barcelona. A decadently beautiful bar with legendary waiters, nicely served drinks, subtle music and relaxed people. I love to sit there, have a couple of beers and draw.
Since we moved to Los Angeles we I love going to the farmers markets. In the past 2 years we have been going to the Atwater market on Sunday mornings. This is a painting I made with my iPad that tries to capture from imagination the light and mood of the market.
This is a painting I made for an exhibition in Spain. The superstition about spilling salt — which I recently discovered originated with Da Vinci's "Last Supper" -- brought deeper meaning to this still life.