Still Hungry? You Won't Be After Feasting On These Miniature
If the vegetables, fruits, and breads in "Fun With Foods
With Mel Varisco" weren't filling enough for you, the recipes
in her sequel, "More Fun With Foods" will satisfy even the
hungriest of miniaturists. It offers a cornucopia of miniature
Best known for her "Mini's By Mel" books and courses, Mel's
career as a miniaturist began from a hospital bed...literally.
It's there that, while she was recovering from an injury,
someone gave her the clay she'd use to start molding the first
of what would become her now famous foods.
In "More Fun With Foods With Mel Varisco" Volume 10 of The
Master Miniaturists Video Instructional Series, Mel continues
her exploration of what she's learned throughout the years.
After a brief reminder of the materials, tools, and reference
materials mentioned on her first video, Mel treats you to
a hearty diet of Bell Peppers, Peas, Lettuce, Celery, Pumpkins,
Corn-on-the-Cob, Apples, Peaches, and Pears. Her step-by-step
instructions, coupled with her friendly style, will turn even
a novice into an expert horticulturist.
You'll watch as Mel uses her pasta maker to combine the green
and yellow clays that give her bell peppers their natural
color. You'll also observe as she creates lettuce from small
rings of clay, reveals a pumpkin recipe to prepare you for
Halloween, and turns a nylon net into corn-on-the-cob.
And Mel never stops giving. Even while molding the fruit,
she continues to share dozens of valuable tips and suggestions.
"Don't worry if you don't catch it all the first time around,"
she says. "The nice thing about video is that, if I'm going
too fast for you, you can always back it up and run me over.
Or, you can even turn me off!" Oh, yes, she clearly enjoys
what she's doing, and her sense of humor and choice of words
will often bring a smile to your face.
You'll also appreciate the encouragement and comfort Mel
offers those who are unhappy and frustrated when their miniature
creations don't come out right the first time. "Just scrunch
it up and start again," she says. "You're working with such
a minimal amount of material, it's not going to waste anything.
You don't have to settle for the first thing you do."
And how will you know when something is right? "When people
see your foods and ask 'Gee, is it lunchtime?' That's the
ultimate compliment," says Mel... "when you're making them