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The Dreamy Food World of Natalie McGarvey

21 January, 2017
Icecream ©Natalie McGarvey

Photo Natalie McGarvey

Which food is your favorite to draw?
Noodles, and meats. Noodles for their line quality, and meat for the color and the marbling.

How important are color and/or texture, and symmetry of food in your illustrations?
Colour and texture are very important! Eating and engaging with food is such a sensory experience, and getting across as much as possible in an illustration is key.

Which illustration is your personal favorite and why?
My pho piece – it's got the noodles and the meats, and some of my favorite color combinations. It also happens to be a favorite meal of mine and is non-negotiable when I'm under the weather.

You’re having friends for dinner, what do you cook?
For dinner or lunch, tacos! I'll braise some beef for filling and to fulfill the part of me that likes to make something a little more involved, and then just prep jalepeños, onions, salsa, avocados, and other fixings and let people make their own plates. It makes guests do a little work for their food and engage with the meal, and it's the right level of casual for the kind of thing I've got going on. If it's brunch, I make strata. It's simple and endlessly adaptable.


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