Joe Arpaio in Bacon, Rainbow Pancakes, Oreo Cameos: Six Ways People Played with Their Food in 2011

Along with her fine food writing skills, Phoenix New Times cafe critic Laura Hahnefeld has a knack for finding the oddest -- and most entertaining -- stories. From gruesome bread to sugary meat treats, thanks to her we saw it all in 2011. Here are some of her favorite finds from the past year (not all were actually created in 2011, but our stories about them were published during this time). And as an extra bonus, Chow Bella's own experiment with our favorite specimen. Enjoy!

6. Human Bread

Fine artist Kittiwat Unarrom, who also helps run his family's bakery in Ratchaburi, Thailand, has found an unsettling method of combining his two trades. You can actually eat his creations. If you dare.

Get the rest -- including Joe Arpaio in bacon -- after the jump. 

. Oreo Cameo

2. Fish Faces

The phrase, "you are what you eat" has never been more true for New York based photographer and ex-college English teacher, graphic designer, fiction writer, and advertising creative director Ted Sabarese, who photographs people and the fish they resemble in his series "Evolution." 

1. Joe Arpaio in Bacon

We couldn't help ourselves, particularly after seeing Van Gogh's Starry Night recreated in pork. Read all the greasy details and see a stop-motion video here.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at