What’s Cooking?: 2020-Apr-18

What’s Cooking? Vincent Van Gogh

Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Potato Eaters” (1885) depicts a group of peasants eating a humble meal of tubers. Van Gogh painted the figures in earth colors to show that they “have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish … that they have thus honestly earned their food”.

Explore the life and diet of Van Gogh in “Art Cooking” from the The Art Assignment, PBS Digital Studios.

May this recipe for the humble baked potato be your blank canvas for a variety of toppings.

-Russet potatoes
-Extra-virgin olive oil
-Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350′. Pierce potatoes with fork tines. Rub with oil and season with salt and pepper.
Bake potatoes on an oven rack until they are soft when squeezed and skin is crispy. 60-90 minutes.

Vincent Van Gogh, “The Potato Eaters” (1885)