I've long admired the work of polymer clay artists who have a knack for making miniature food that is not only perfect for the dollhouse, but is wearable, too!
How fun to wear hot dog earrings or PetitPlat's fun layer cake or tart earrings, or rings with little cupcakes? There's even a fun breakfast plate necklace by KishCrafts on Etsy.com.
Well I didn't realize the trend was popular enough beyond the dollhouse collecting crowd to warrant its own book! (Here's a clue: do a search for miniature food jewelry on Etsy and over 2,000 items come up!)
POLYMER CLAY COOKBOOK: Tiny Food Jewelry to Whip Up and Wear by Jessica and Susan Partain (Watson-Guptill Oct. 20, 2009) includes instructions to make 20 tiny, deliciously realistic food charms. The "cookbook-style" book is said to be aimed at the "beginning miniaturist chef," though I'm not sure if the pieces are exact to dollhouse scale, but I'm sure those skilled with clay can scale down the sizes if needed.
The "recipes" are grouped by category: fruits, breakfast, lunch and dinner, sweets and snacks, and holiday foods. Each recipe has a list of "ingredients," step-by-step directions with photographs, and suggested variations. Finished pieces are shown as a particular jewelry item, but readers can adapt the item to whatever jewelry item they choose. The book also includes a real recipe in each chapter.
The book seems like a good addition to your miniature food library beside the "standard" miniature food clay books such as MINIATURE FOOD DISPLAYS by Sue Heaser and the new MINIATURE FOOD MASTERCLASS by Angie Scarr.