Food writer, artist, and pasta-maker Linda Miller Nicholson (aka @saltyseattle) has a reputation for making avant-garde food. Dubbed the “Lady Gaga of Food” by the Cooking Channel, her homemade, colored pasta comes in an amazing array of rainbow colors, shapes, and designs.
Inspired by patterns and hues found in nature, Nicholson sees pasta almost like textile design. Her edible collection features a repetition of patterns such as stripes, polka dots, and stars. Some pasta creations are even inspired by visual motifs found in her own clothing, such as a pair of blue patterned shoes she received as a Mother’s Day gift. Nicholson takes the textile pasta comparison even further by wearing her raw pasta sheets as head scarves or complete outfits—and they actually look pretty great! In one particular Instagram shot, wearing a pasta crop-top and skirt she says “[it’s] crazy to think this skirt & top is made of flour, eggs, parsley, & turmeric- nothing else.”
Nicholson learned how to make her own pasta at the age of four, and as an adult she spent some years in Torino, Italy—at the core of the Slow Food movement—where she learned to perfect her craft. As a mother, she struggled with the common problem of trying to get her son, Bentley, to eat vegetables, so decided to disguise them as pasta. Avoiding artificial colors completely, she started making green pasta dough using leaf vegetables. Since then she has experimented with different colored doughs by using other natural ingredients, such as herbs and various superfoods.
The vibrant results have not only helped make healthy meals lots of fun—and fashionable—they have even encouraged little Bentley to make his own pasta art.
You can keep up to date on Nicholson’s amazing pasta-art via Instagram.