Food, Art, Memory: Yaansoon’s Mediterranean Fusion

A self-described “nomadic Mediterranean foodie,” Yaansoon — a nom de blog that means “anise” in Arabic — creates gorgeous, mixed-media food and travel illustrations. On Yaansoon Illustration + Art, her Jetpack-powered WordPress portfolio site, you can learn about her background, contact her to commission work, and even shop for items featuring her art.

Browse the drawings below to get a taste of Yaansoon’s craft, and be sure to visit her portfolio — whether to discover more illustrations or to find inspiration for your own site design.

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A successful About page channels the site owner’s passion and identity — Yaansoon’s tells the story of her multicultural upbringing and uses a self-portrait as a visual anchor.

A Middle Eastern lentil soup recipe becomes a textured exploration of the cultures that surround it.

Incorporating ceramic designs and floral motifs, this pen-and-ink map of Jordan presents the country’s rich heritage in Yaansoon’s signature style.

Explore more of Yaansoon’s illustration work on her portfolio site, or browse other food illustrators we’ve highlighted in the past.