Watch this YouTube artist draw food with salt

Ah, 2017. If nothing else, you taught us that anything is possible. You can drink wine from a purse. You can eat a bagel stuffed with a donut. And working with salt is an art form. First there was salt bae, and now, Bashir Sultani. The Afghan-Canadian artist also works with salt, and he’s just as much an internet celebrity.

In 2010, Sultani started recording videos on his Youtube channel. He used dyed table salt to create stunningly realistic images and make time-lapse recordings of the process. “I remember watching art attack when Neil Buchanan drew a horse with salt on the ground,” Sultani said of the UK children’s art exhibition. “I tried – and now I have over 100 salt drawing videos on my channel.”

Salt pizza

YouTube/BashirSultani

These videos run the gamut from sweet to savory, breakfast to dinner, classic American fare to Mexican street food. Sultani has won over a plateful of sushi and an incredibly realistic roast chicken, but if six videos are any indication, he has a favorite dish: pizza. He made plain pepperoni and margherita, plus a slice that looks good enough to pick up and eat.

Salt pizza

YouTube/BashirSultani

Every video on her channel is set to classical music, a refreshingly calm contrast to the time-lapse recipe videos floating around the internet. “Cooking is an art,” Sultani felt, “and what better than classical music that inspires me to create?”

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Raymond T. Helms