Popular food artist proves you can play with your food

Tasty and adorable: Ida makes a Valentine's Day-inspired meal from fruit and vegetables. Ida Skivenes / Ida Skivenes
Tasty and adorable: Ida Skivenes makes a Valentine's Day-inspired meal from fruit and vegetables.

Norwegian food artist Ida Skivenes has made an entire career out of playing with her food — and eating it too. The 29-year-old foodie has been posting her cute, tasty creations to her Instagram account @idafrosk since June 2012 and has now amassed over 100,000 followers. Her recent popularity — including several press profiles — has even led to a book deal.

"I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined getting this kind of attention," Skivenes told TODAY.com. “I don't have any culinary training. I'm just a regular girl who's passionate about food and art.”

 Skivenes thinks food should be fun, tasty and for the most part healthy. Ida Skivenes / Ida Skivenes
Skivenes thinks food should be fun, tasty and healthy.

In her latest series, "The Art Toast Project", Skivenes copied famous works from art history, including pieces by Jackson Pollock, Edvard Munch, Johan Vermeer and Andy Warhol, using toast as her trusty canvas. She is also working on recreating famous monuments from around the world, such as London's Big Ben (made from a cucumber sandwich), the Eiffel Tower (crafted from French toast, obviously) and a Greek salad Acropolis.

Of her food philosophy, Skivenes said she thinks food art should be "fun, tasty and for the most part healthy”. Everything she makes is made to be eaten — not just enjoyed with the eyes.

Her forthcoming book "Eat Your Art Out" — featuring both food art images and recipes — will be released this fall in both Norwegian and English editions.

"I'm so grateful for the chance to spread my love of food to an even wider audience," said Skivenes. "I'm just trying to grab the opportunities that arise, and see where they take me."

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    Playing with food

    Food artist Ida Skivenes creates works of art from her daily breakfast meals.  Her instagram account which features her creations now has over 100,000 followers and a book deal coming later this year.

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    Norwegian food artist Ida Skivenes, 29, has made an entire career out of playing with her food. The rising star has amassed over 100,000 followers on Instagram and even has a book in the works. Click through for adorable images from her latest art series.

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    Under the sea -

    Swim away for breakfast with this little mermaid crafted from mini kiwis.

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    Monet on toast -

    This piece from "The Art Toast Project" is a copy of Claude Monet's famous water lilies made of apples, kiwis and pistachio butter.

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    Banana airlines -

    Fly away for breakfast on this banana airplane with raisin windows and fluffy cottage cheese clouds.

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    Pollock on toast -

    This piece from "The Art Toast Project" is an interpretation on bread of Jackson Pollock's famous drip paintings made from blueberry, strawberry, and passion fruit jam on yogurt.

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    Munch on toast -

    Ahhhhh! Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recreated here in edible form in celebration of 150 years since his birth in 2013.

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    French toast Eiffel Tower -

    Paris je t'aime! This romantically crafted Eiffel Tower is appropriately made of french toast and complete with a french jam kiss.

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    Cucumber sandwich Big Ben -

    Travel to London's famous Big Ben clock with this piece in Skivenes' "Travel the World in Food" series.

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    Toasted Vermeer -

    Recognize this glowing lady? This piece from "The Art Toast Project" is a copy of Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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    Justin Beaver -

    This guy might not be able to sing you a morning love song, but he'll certainly brighten your day.

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    Wyeth on toast -

    This piece from "The Art Toast Project" is a copy of American artist Andrew Wyeth's famous painting "Christina's World" made here with cheddar cheese, cream cheese, figs, and dried strawberries and blueberries.

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    Girls on a jetty -

    This piece from 'The Art Toast Project' is a copy of Edvard Munch's famous painting crafted out of cheese and cucumbers.

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    Kahlo on toast -

    This piece from 'The Art Toast Project' is a copy of Frida Kahlo's famous self-portrait complete with her signature brow.

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    The little prince -

    The iconic cover of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous children's book Le Petit Prince in edible form.

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    Lovebirds -

    Chirp chirp! Rise and shine with these love birds made of bread with cream cheese and strawberries.

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    French toast Domokun -

    The official mascot of Japan's NHK television station recreated by Skivenes here in French toast with jam and blueberry eyes.

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