Yes a beautiful new book by Caitlin Freeman called Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art goes the extra mile to make someone feel like an idiot when you serve them dessert.
From a Fritsch Ice Cream Sandwich to a Koons White Hot Chocolate (to many treats that ref stuff that’s way more obscure) the recipes seem made to delight five people who work at MOMA and everyone taking an art history survey class.
Well good for them. BUT… now, when I eat at someone’s house, I’m going to be wondering what high-minded cultural reference I’m missing.
Is that a striped sweet thing or an Anuszkiewicz angel food? If I don’t guess right my host will think I’m an idiot. And if I do guess it and they didn’t intend an arty outcome they’ll think I’m a pretentious fart bag.
Ah well. Eat pretty stuff at your own risk.