In 2011, Brooklyn-based artist Heather Hart introduced her interactive installation The Oracle of Epicure: Tooth for Tooth . For this, she transcribed a selection of recipes onto note cards and adorned each with an original drawing. Filed in a recipe box and set on top of a desk, viewers were invited to take one card in exchange for a recipe of their own that was to be written from memory on the spot. This article gives the particulars of Heather's installation with special attention given to the source of her recipes: Harry H. Hart's Favorite Recipes of Williams College, with Training Table Records, Notes and Menus (1951). Harry Hart, a chef at Williams College from 1917 to 1954, was Heather's great grandfather. Harry Hart, Jr., Heather's grandfather, was also a chef at Williams College from 1938 until circa 1959. By way of Tooth for Tooth , the Hart family's rich culinary history is conveyed for the first time here.
In 2004, Bay Area conceptual artist April Banks traveled to West Africa, which produces seventy percent of the world's cocoa, to learn firsthand about the cocoa farms of the region and their relationship to the modern-day chocolate industry. Her related research has been wide, including travel to cocoa farms in Cuba and a visit to the New York Board of Trade. Free Chocolate , Banks's resulting body of work, follows cocoa's global exchange from forest to palate, farmer to consumer, illustrating the mingled effects of desire, greed, and manipulation. This article examines two photographic works in the Free Chocolate series, placing them in their broader cultural and economic contexts.