Got wanderlust? Eat your way around the world with these gorgeous food-filled maps

Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin joined forces to create this food-forward photo project. The series shows maps of countri... Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Lev
Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin's photo series shows maps of countries and continents around the world made up of each nation's signature foods and flavors.

We've spent lots of time perusing maps, but we've never seen any that make us so eager to jump on a plane — right now.

New York-based food stylist Caitlin Levin joined forces with Henry Hargreaves, a photographer living in New Zealand, to create this playful new series of maps made out of the iconic foods of various countries and continents. It's an ingenious idea, since food is one of the most immediate — not to mention delicious — ways of understanding the identity and culture of a place, and of uniting people. 

A bird's eye view of New Zealand as it gets filled in with Kiwis. Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Lev
A bird's eye view of New Zealand as it gets filled in with Kiwis.

Some decisions of what foods to include on a particular map were fairly straightforward: The France map, for instance, had to include — what else? — cheese.

"We used several types of cheese for France — to name a few: brie, soft farmers cheese and blue cheese," Levin told TODAY. The U.S. map has a more food-activist bent. "We decided to make the US out of corn because the US has become known for its use of corn in some form or another in virtually every processed food," Levin added. She explained that each map took about a day to make. 

Hargreaves and Levin painstakingly arrange tomatoes around a stencil of Italy. Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Lev
Hargreaves and Levin painstakingly arrange tomatoes around a stencil of Italy.

Levin and Hargreaves, both enthusiastic world travelers, wanted each piece to look like an old-school map, so they hired their friend Serit Melmed to design the typography. Watch the video for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team puts together these spectacular creations:

Check out this slideshow to see the artists' incredible food maps of 10 countries and continents:

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    The United Nations of Food

    Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin take playing with your food to a whole new level. They teamed up to create these vibrant maps of the world out of signature cultural flavors.

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    Around the world in food -

    Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin joined forces to create these food-centric maps. The series shows maps of countries and continents around the world, each made up of some of that nation's signature foods and flavors. From the citrus fruits of South America to the fragrant spices of India, the maps in this slideshow will make your mouth water.

    The United States
    Amber waves of grain (and corn) make up this map of the 50 states.

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    India -

    Fragrant spices - from star anise to turmeric - cover the stunning map of India.

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    Africa -

    Sweet fruits like plantains and bananas make up the beautiful, green-and-yellow-tinged map of Africa.

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    France -

    France wouldn't be complete without bread and all kinds of rich, creamy cheeses.

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    South America -

    Oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits create a vibrantly colorful map of South America.

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    Italy -

    The Italian boot is covered in juicy tomatoes - fresh and sundried, red and yellow, big and small.

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    Japan -

    The austerely beautiful map of Japan is made up of a variety of seaweeds.

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    United Kingdom -

    The United Kingdom map displays England, Scotland and Ireland as lands rife with shortbreads, biscuits and crackers.

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    New Zealand -

    New Zealanders are often called Kiwis - and this map of the country is covered from top to bottom with the luscious green fruit.

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    Australia -

    Another shrimp on the barbie? Succulent shelfish fill up the map of Australia.

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    China -

    Slurp! From Beijing to Shanghai and beyond, the map of China shows off a slew of noodles in lots of shapes and sizes.

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