Given that Kalman is the Michael Pollan of the visual world, it is fitting and proper that the two teamed up on this deliciously colorful edition
Michael Pollan's definitive compendium, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, is a veritable Whole Earth Catalog of what should nourish us. Maira Kalman is the Michael Pollan of visual storytelling -- she knows what's good and keeps us fulfilled with her charming and witty observations of quotidian and rarified worlds. It is therefore fitting and proper that Pollan and Kalman have partnered on a deliciously colorful illustrated edition of Food Rules. I cornered Kalman on her way to an organic lunch, while exercising a three-month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, to ask some pertinent questions.
How did you get hooked up with that healthy-food radical Michael Pollan?
Don't I seem healthy and radical to you? We met at the TED conference some years ago. A mutual liking sprang up.
Did he place any restrictions on the kind of artwork you'd do? Like, your inks all had to be vegetable-based?
I had to eat a carrot before I started each painting. But sometimes I would eat a Snickers. Can you tell which paintings those are?
The ones with the chocolate stains, perhaps? What about Food Rules: An Eater's Manual appeals to your heart, soul, and appetite?