The United Plates of America!


Recently, I have become obsessed with a collection of art prints called The United Plates of America” by John Holcomb. The collection depicts each state as a different food (or foods).  See the cupcake that is Wisconsin, the mashed potato Virginia, the Swiss cheese Arizona, and more!

I absolutely love these prints to death.  Some look a little bit too cartoony, but most of them have a vintage feel that I adore.  Their bold colors and whimsical graphics would be perfect for adding a splash of color and a dash of fun to your kitchen.

I have gone through just about all of them, and these are my personal favorites:


1. South Dakota
South Dakota is my number one favorite because I think it looks like a chocolate bar ad from the 60′s.  Very vintage, very cool, and I love the combination of colors.  My favorite part?  The chocolate smudge at the bottom adds an extra fun detail.


2. Florida
There’s just something about the state of Florida made out of Cheerios that cracks me up.  So simple, yet so ridiculous.  I love it.


3. Puerto Rico
Yes, this series even includes commonwealths.  Until I saw this print, I had no idea what shape Puerto Rico even was, so I appreciate this one for its educational value.  Plus, who doesn’t love a big hunk of corn on the cob?

Each print is $25, but you can buy a set of 3 for $55.  I think I might be adding these ridiculously fun prints to my kitchen VERY soon.

For more about food-related art, check out our blog post about Canstruction 2010! Or make your own real-life version of Puerto Rico’s yummy corn with these recipes:
Corn on the Cob with Cheese and Lime
Honey Corn on the Cob
Grilled Corn on the Cob

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  • cynthia leutze

    I want to see all of them, the food plates of america, not just your favorites

  • Kathryn

    Cynthia, if you click on the “United Plates of America” link in the first paragraph or if you click on any one of the photos, you can see them all.

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