Chef Caitlin, who is well-known as one of the owners of Miette in San Fracisco, sold her shares of the company when she married her husband - creator of Blue Bottle Coffee. It all makes sense now. She is now the Pastry Chef for the company.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) approached her husband; they were interested in having a Blue Bottle Cafe onsite. He jumped at the opportunity. He asked Caitlin to make desserts for the cafe and she decided that the desserts served should be inspired by the art within the walls of the museum. Brilliant!
I am in awe with this book. Freeman shows pictures (with descriptions) of the artwork that inspired the dessert and it's both whimsical and genius. Some are straight-forward such as Wayne Thiebaud's Display Cakes, while others are more suggestive - Andrew Kudless' P_Wall. She also explains how, with her sous chef, the final products came about.
Display Cakes, Thiebaud
I've already tried a couple of times from this book and am sure I will check out a few more, but I look forward to creating a series of blog posts inspired by art here in New York City! Stay tuned - and BUY THIS BOOK!!