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state food prints

by Grace Bonney

One of my favorite things about traveling is trying regional food specialties. Whether it’s a lobster roll in Maine or fresh olives in California, I’m always scoping out locally grown or made favorites. When I saw these colorful state-and-food prints by John Holcomb, I immediately looked for Virginia’s. Sadly, there’s no Virginia print yet (I’m guessing my home state will feature a ham) but there are really sweet California, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Minnesota and Tennessee prints. Each recycled French paper print measures 12.5 inches by 19 inches and is available as part of a limited edition at Fine Artichoke for $30. xo, grace

*Fine Artichoke specializes in “original art for hungry walls” so if you’re in the market for affordable kitchen art, they’ve got you covered!

UPDATE!! All 50 states are available directly on John’s site Shorthanded.

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  • I didn’t realize you were from VA Grace. What part?

    I’d like to see a Virginia and Rhode Island. Sadly, RI’s always forgotten. I’ll have to keep an eye on them to see if he makes it that far. It’s definitely a fun idea.

  • I like the design for my state, Michigan, but I hope this isn’t supposed to be representative of the state. We’re something like 14th in terms of hog production.

  • Fantastic! I just bought the ‘Michigan’ print for my Michigander husband. I am a Tennessean so I hope to be back for the classic TN print soon.

  • i am a proud Ohioan but i am having a hard time figuring out what kind of food Ohio is supposed to be…. am i missing something obvious?? i see a pat of butter… but what is the rest?

  • Ohio is Mashed Potatoes.

    He says (somewhere) that the food isn’t representative of the state.

    Not sure why he didn’t connect the food and state. That would have made it a much cooler project (and probably wold have saved him countless hours in explanations).

  • Hey guys!!! I’m the artist’s wife, and since he’s currently unavailable, I wanted to clear up a few things. First, the posters shown here are his first editions that he sold out of. He has second prints available of all the states, but some of the second editions are illustrated differently to make the images stronger. Also, there’s no connection with each food and the state…it’s simply what each state’s outline represents….so have fun looking!! All the new prints are available at his site shorthandedstudio.com They make excellent Christmas gifts too.

  • Being a Californian farmer’s daughter, I knew right away that the illustration wasn’t an accurate portrayal of the produce grown in that state. But the print sure is pretty!

  • I love these!! I went to his website and all 50 are sooooo colorful and amazing! You have to check them out…I can’t decide which one to get.

  • sad to see michigan, with the second greatest agricultural diversity in the country, represented by bacon and eggs and not cherries or beets or pawpaws or anything interesting

  • so much fun! the kentucky one is perfect–and I’m not just saying that ’cause I live there. It’d be terrific in my kitchen, especially because my husband and I met years ago at a restaurant that served plenty of fried chicken!

  • I’m not terribly impressed with these. I agree that this would be much cuter, and I’d be more inclined to purchase, if the foods were more representative of the states.
    I closed out the website immediatley when I saw Louisiana, with the description being “a pile of chicken nuggets.” Seriously?

  • Great stuff here! Probably really hard to line up a states popular food and pretend it could look like the state itself. I’ve never seen a potato come out looking like the shape of Idaho. Guess you could pretend the shape of Michigan reminds you of cherries and beets. Some of the states are a stretch though anyway. All in the eyes of the beholder. Minnesota, Kentucky and Wyoming are easily the best.

  • I really love there prints, they really do make you hungry. These would go perfect in the kitchen, especially if you love food from all different places. I really like the new york one, great use of colours.

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