The Artistry of Creative Cooking

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The artistry of creative cooking is a world of scrumptious, soul-satisfying delight. All children are told not to play with their food, but cooking is like painting and creating visual art with food. 😉

A swirl of sauce here, and a sprinkle of spice there, and maybe a hint of tang under the sweet. Then… there’s the plating! I just learned “plating” means how the food is artistically presented. 

Plating’ is the cook’s finishing touches, the final strokes of culinary artistry.

With cooking, flavors create unlimited palettes in the canvas of each pot and pan.

Devani Alderson,

Audio Article – Creative Cooking:

Note: This article has been updated since the last recording!

At 24 I’ve been Cooking for 21 Years

I’ve always loved cooking. Beginning with helping my mom in the kitchen when I was just three, up to now, you could say I’ve been cooking all my life. Though I never viewed it as a form of art until recently!

Sure there are days when cooking is just about seeing how quickly I can throw something together, but most of the time I tend to get into the artistry of cooking. I especially enjoy creating things without recipes. Of course, this results in just about as many “okay” dishes as it does fantastic results, but even the failures inform future successes.

One of my favorite Saturday things to do is cook while listening to interesting podcasts. We’ve shared some of our favorites in this article.

Failures inform future successes.

~Devani Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily

Devani Alderson at age 3 and age 23

What is Art?

One of the things I love about building the iCreateDaily brand is how it has helped me to broaden the horizons of my perspective on what art is.

Cooking is a world full of creativity, culture, and class! It’s like interactive 3D art that you can see, touch, smell, and eat! Serving canvas’s handcrafted with care to family, friends, loved ones, or customers.

Food, like every other form of art, has brought humanity together since the dawn of human time.

As we’ll explore more in this article how the internet has opened up new portals of experience—and opportunities—in creative cooking! From videos on social media, food bloggers, and Instagram accounts featuring stunning edible art, the pandora’s pot has been stirred and dished.

“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” 
― Kurt VonnegutAmerican writer

Creative Cooking and Food Bloggers

I’ve entertained the idea of creating a food blog, but it’s only been a passing interest. However, while researching this article and visiting beautiful sites with incredible creativity, I’ve had second—and third—helpings of thoughts about that!

I quickly fell down the rabbit-hole scrolling through drool-worthy food photos.  The @Rustic.Vegan shown next, is currently my favorite Instagram food account.  This guy has mastered food artistry, photography and presentation.  Every photo makes me want to go vegan and be a food blogger too!

To inspire others to create… is mastery in art, and the privilege of all creators.

~LeAura Alderson,

If you search #FoodArt on Instagram you’ll get over 6.8 million results of people posting stunning videos and photos of their artistic food creations.  The hashtag #InstaFood pulls up 150 million posts and counting!!!

The Kitchen Whisperer

One of our favorite recipes ever is this incredible mushroom bean burger recipe from Lori of The Kitchen Whisperer.

The first thing that drew us in were the photos that you could almost taste! While I haven’t yet made many of the other recipes featured on this blog, there are so many that look amazing, so I’m sure I will! Lori has even created helpful meal plans for the day or week.

Blessed Beyond Crazy

Blessed Beyond Crazy website is owned by a mother/daughter team and they have some great recipes… Like this incredible looking no-bake raspberry parfait!

This team of cooks not only publish recipes, but they also share DIY Home projects, crafts, parenting, and homeschooling articles. If you want to see a great example of sharing multiple interests on one blog, check their site out!

One of the best ways to grow your own website and following is by contributing content to other, established websites.

Food Photography is a Thing

Food blogging is so much more than just making food and writing about it. As you’ll notice in the blogs we’re sharing here, it’s clear that these cooks put so much artistry into their meals, photo prep, and staging, before sharing it with the world.

We interviewed Caro Rose, a nutritionist and vegan food artist about her journey and dreams in food art. While food photography is mostly still a hobby for Caro, there’s so much creative inspiration in her story and daily productivity! You can hear her story here.

In fact, the artistry of creative cooking is one of the reasons food blogging is such a captivating industry, because of the art it brings to the table! Outside of just the cooking, there’s the visual feast of plating a dish, and then describing and conveying your creation to the world.

In fact, food art is so popular that many cooks have expanded into teaching food photography courses as a part of their brand offering.

For food bloggers, their cooking is their art.

Growing Need for Recipe Creators

If you love cooking, you may be interested to know there is also a growing demand for recipe contributors on various food blogs. If you can cook, photograph, write, and upload your recipe creations, there are opportunities to earn money, from cooking your own meals and desserts!

In fact, we had the opportunity to purchase a food blog that we are slowly updating. Eventually, we’ll create another one for scratch, branded to the iCreateDaily theme.

Over time, this will enable us to pay contributors. In the meantime, our contributors gain traffic and ranking boost to their site through the backlink created when they contribute their content.

If you’d like to contribute articles and/or recipes to any of our sites send us an email with links to your published work or a portfolio document of your work.

If you’re interested in checking out some of the array of food photography courses, you can start here.

When I remember adventure, and challenge and artistry, my creativity returns and improves upon whatever moment it visits.
~LeAura Alderson,

When I remember adventure, and challenge and artistry, my creativity returns and improves upon whatever moment it visits. ~LeAura Alderson,  #adventure #quotes #creating

Cooking Movies

Julie & Julia

One of my favorite cooking movies is Julie & Julia, [currently FREE on Amazon Prime, and oh so good!] based on the true story of food blogger, Julie Powell. 

Julie quits her boring, unfulfilling desk-job and embarks on a year-long journey of learning to cook. Her mission was to followed Julia Child’s cookbook, by making a new recipe, page-by-page, every day for a year… and to blog about that journey.

The movie also tracks Julia Child’s life and adventures in cooking, in side-by-side comparisons of two women discovering their passion for food, in two vastly different eras. I highly recommend watching this while eating dinner because it will make you want to eat… and cook… and food blog! 

Julie Powell is inspired by Julia Child’s passion for French Cuisine, and that inspiration ended up changing her life trajectory.

Consider how you’ll never know just how many lives your work… your art in the world, may touch. But this is why you must create and share your creations with the world.

LeAura Alderson,


Another great food movie is Chef.  It’s about a guy who starts a food-truck business with his son, and they embark on a summer road trip. Father and son bond through hilarious, difficult and heartwarming escapades as they travel and work together.

The with-it, Millennial son, documents their journey on social media and drums up a following while teaching his dad about it. Dad teaches the son how to make popular street foods that people love. 

Chef is an inspiring story of discovery, family, taking risks, pursuing your passions.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

A humorous, fun, and delicious tale of food, family, and … eventual friends! The Hundred-Food Journey is about a wonderful story of an Indian family opening a restaurant across from a famous French restaurant. The elderly owner of the other restaurant doesn’t like the new competition in town and makes her irritation well known.

One of the eldest boys in the Indian family wants to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional chef. He sees an opportunity in working for the older lady.

This is a wonderful story of two different cultures clashing and needing to resolve their differences. Which of course, the passion for a well-cooked meal plays a role in everyone moving past their issues!

No Reservation

The kitchen can be a dramatic territorial place, and No Reservations is no exception!

In this funny, sweet, and tart movie the top chef, Kate, gets her world flipped when her sister dies. Kate, who is dedicated to her career, has to juggle being the guardian to her niece… while protecting her job as a new sue-chef is hired at her restaurant!

“A party without a cake is just a meeting.”

~Julia Child, renowned chef, author and TV show host, 1912-2004
"A party without a cake is just a meeting." ~Julia Child #cooking #art #creative #party

Creative Inspiration

One thing I’ve learned from observing other artists and through my own creations is: Creativity begets creativity.  

Being around artistic people, making an idea into something real, watching, reading, or listening to inspiring works invokes the creator in us all. So be intentional about creating daily and associating with others who inspire and motivate you to rise into your dreams.

It’s taken a day and a half to write this article because I was so inspired by the creative presentations in cooking videos that I had to go try it for myself.  And then talk myself down from starting a food blog fueled by the flammable artistic high. 😉

Creativity conjures creativity. Want to be more creative? Hang out with those who are!
~Devani Alderson,

Food Art Videos

Want to get inspired quickly?  These artistic food and decorating videos are everything.  These videos made me want to jump up and get to cooking immediately…. and so I did! 

Healthy Fruit Smoothie Bowl Art

I love blending art with health, and these smoothie bowls look exceptional! Smoothie is like fruit soup, and we all know there are endless soup combinations. And these are just WOW!

If you want a more dessert style version you might enjoy this carrot cake smoothie with homemade coconut milk whipped cream! Although, healthier with just a few teaspoons of maple syrup.

The carrot cake smoothie recipe is on the food website we recently bought, that we mentioned earlier. If you would like to have your recipes featured, you’re welcome to email us.

SweetAmbs Cookie Tutorials

The SweetAmbs social media is a vortex of sugary delight and eye candy for every cookie lover. Well… really for anyone, as it’s so creatively phenomenal!

Amber Spiegel has been creating cookie decorations and tutorials since 2008. She posts speed videos of the decorating on Instagram and Facebook and longer tutorials on YouTube.

I could watch her speed decorating videos for hours… of course, I won’t. *But I could.* 😉  Also, it looks like the universe tastes delicious! #EnlightenedCookies.💫

Mosaic Sushi Art

Ahhhhhh Sushi!! One of my favorite foods. This is Mosaic Sushi, aka Shikai Maki Zushi (the official name).

Watching this video made my mouth water, and I’m definitely going to need to try making this.  But a vegetarian version.  Raw fish is NOT my cuppa’ tea–errr–rolla’ sushi.

How to Plate a Dish

This is an epic compilation of TONS of styles for “plating” a dish. It’s a lot like painting sauces on a plate before adding the meal, and there are endless ways to make dishes look incredible.

Food presentation can be a practice in patience, determination, and how long you can hold your breath… because holding your breath helps you not mess up. Amiright, cooks?!  I will be taking tips from this video.

Here’s one more video on painting with food because it’s just so gorgeous! GAHH!  I really need to get back into the kitchen. 🙂  Paint your food and eat it too!

I know some iCreateDaily community members who, like me, may just be ready to take up food blogging after seeing this! 🤔

My Experiment in “Plating” Gluten-Free Muffins

And of course… I just had to try “plating” something!  I whipped up this gluten-free blueberry muffin recipe and created a blueberry syrup to paint the plate.  It’s insanely fun!  😉

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Devani Alderson, co-founder, iCreateDaily, creative cooking, making gluten free blueberry oat muffins with blueberry sauce. Image by

“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.”
~Wolfgang Puck, American-Austrian celebrity chef

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