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9 Beautiful Maps of Countries and Continents Made From Real Food

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Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 7 March 2017
Artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves were originally inspired by a passion for travel, and believe exploring new places through the food you eat is often a portal to the cultural complexities of that place. Here’s a selection of maps based on each country’s food.

‘In this series we have taken many of the iconic foods of countries and continents and turned them into physical maps. While we know that tomatoes originally came from the Andes in South America, Italy has become the real tomato king. These maps show how food has travelled the globe – transforming and becoming a part of the cultural identity of that place. Who can hear the saying, “throw some shrimp on the barbie” and not think of Australia? Who goes to France without eating bread and cheese? And who makes a Brazilian caipirinha without a fistful of limes?’

Digestives and Jammy Dodger biscuits make up the UK, perfect for dunking in a cuppa, 'UK' | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Digestives and Jammy Dodger biscuits make up the UK, perfect for dunking in a cuppa | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Different maize and corn products make up this map of the USA, 'USA' | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Different maize and corn products make up this map of the USA | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Shrimps and other seafood make up Australia, 'Australia' | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Shrimps and other seafood make up Australia | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
What else but Kiwi fruit for New Zealand? | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
What else but Kiwifruit for New Zealand? | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
France is a country with over 600 different types of cheese | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
France is a country with over 600 different types of cheese | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Plantains and other ingredients make up Africa | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Plantains and other ingredients make up Africa | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Tomatoes, limes, lemons and other fruits for South America | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Tomatoes, limes, lemons and other fruits for South America | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Different types of seaweed are used for Japan | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Different types of seaweed are used for Japan | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Noodles of all sizes make up China | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
Noodles of all sizes make up China | © Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

‘These maps are a playful representation of our interpretation of food from around the world, painstakingly created with real unadulterated food. This project speaks to the universality of how food unites people, brings us together and starts conversation – just as we hope these beautiful maps will do too.’

All images are by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin and typography by Sarit Melmed.