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    Posted on Oct 5, 2015

    This Photographer Takes Discarded Shopping Lists And Turns Them Into Freaky Recipes

    Disclaimer: Do not try to eat these bizarre creations.

    Photographer Tom Lakeman is using Kickstarter to raise funds for À La Cart, a book based on an unusual photo series. Lakeman makes inedible recipes out of abandoned shopping lists he finds at his local grocery store.

    5 A Day Facemask

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    "I’ve been collecting people's discarded shopping lists for eight-plus years," he tells BuzzFeed. "I’ve always been intrigued by the handwritten notes people would leave behind. Their handwriting, the scribbled reminders and notes, the seemingly random ingredients, and the burning question of ‘What sort of person did this belong to?'

    "I never knew what I wanted to do with the shopping lists. I just started to collect them. Then one day I was looking at all the lists, by then I must have had 250-plus, and I thought, These aren’t shopping lists. They are recipes. It’s my job to make them. And so it began." – Tom Lakeman

    Volt Burger

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    Amp Lunch

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    Chocolate Meatball Salad

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    Trifling Trifle

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    Japanese Cotton Noodles

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    "When I see products like ear buds, I think noodles. Toilet roll suddenly becomes sheets of filo pasty, batteries turn into meat... I'm a massive kid. This was like going back to kindergarten. I loved it." —Tom Lakeman

    Kitchen Roll Chicken Pie

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    Cat Food Cupcake

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    "The ‘Cat Food Cupcake' was the best to create, as the combined ingredients couldn't have worked better together if I’d written it myself. The cotton wool pads worked as icing, a mix of cucumber, sweetcorn, and cat food make the sponge cake, and to top it off there was a single ‘candle’ written on the list. It was like figuring out the missing riddle. It just made a perfect cupcake." —Tom Lakeman

    Poached Tongue with Box Fish

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    Silk Cut Salad

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer
    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer

    The Bee Keepers Brunch

    Tom Lakeman, artist and photographer


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