What does our food look like at a microscopic level? This is the kind of question that prompted San-Francisco photographer Caren Alpert to begin her impressive series entitled Terra Cibus. By sending off a wide variety of food ingredients to a lab in Arizona, she was able to find out the answer. There, a scanning electron microscope helped to capture these photographs only after the food items had been dehydrated and coated in a conductive metal. These close-up views offer a very new and interesting look of the foods we are in contact with on a nearly daily basis. Alpert’s Terra Cibus series will be on display at the James Beard Foundation in New York till the end of the month.