And now, thanks to a post by shaz of nook bistro, I've just seen something that surpasses microscopic paintings on rice grains: minimiam, itty-bitty plastic figurines arranged on regular-size food in some very funny compositions. My two favorites are the mountain climbers scaling a Mont Blanc (complete with confectioners' sugar flurries) and the soldier who detonates a grenade on a pomegranate, resulting in smoking, exploded fruit and a number of toy soldier casualties. The creators of minimiam are photographers Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle, who do a lot of work for food magazines and cookbooks.
Unfortunately, the minimiam website is a bit of a pain to navigate, so if you don't have the time or patience to fiddle around, you can view most of the pictures on these two pages of the blog that shaz originally linked to. But then you miss out on the titles and some of the photographs.
So which is your favorite?