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The art that you can eat

5 July 2013 Last updated at 00:08 BST

The world's best chefs would undoubtedly argue that their plates of food are like works of art.

But one food historian makes her living creating artworks that are also edible - from chocolate skulls and marzipan bees to frankincense sweets.

Tasha Marks runs boutique food company Animal Vegetable Mineral, creating unusual - and tasty - sculptures for parties, corporate events and festivals.

She gets much of her inspiration from historical cookbooks, putting a very modern spin on some of the recipes she finds.

BBC News went to meet her to find out more.

Video journalist: Suraj Patel. Stills: Paul Singer, Joseph Fox and Chelsea Bloxsome.

Real Time is a new series of video features for the BBC News website in which ordinary people tell their own extraordinary stories.

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