“Being a (gay) bear means to accept and enjoy your own body, your hair and not caring about the rules imposed on you by the mainstream,” photographer Angelo Sindaco tells The Huffington Post. “It’s a big ‘fuck you’ to the plastic idea of how you should look or act. More or less, it is an iconoclastic thing — especially in these days.”
Sindaco just published his first cookbook, Cooking with the Bears — Healthy Recipes by Hairy Men, which claims to be “the first cookbook dedicated to the Bears’ world.”
“The idea came to my mind about two years ago,” Sindaco explains. “I wanted to explore a world that is mostly still unknown, especially in the straight audience, by using a universal key: food.”
The cookbook features a delicious spread of sexy bears whipping up fine Italian dishes. All of the recipes are inspired or informed by a different region in Italy.
“There are more than 30 incredible italian recipes in this book,” Sindaco says. “But — surprise! — they’re all easy and fun to cook, especially if you are in good company. Plus, there’s a bit of our culture [in the project]. Italy is strictly bound with food; each city has a its own dishes. We tried to represent the wider spectrum as possible of our beautiful but complex country trough our charming bear chefs.”
Sindaco insists the book is first and foremost about breaking down stereotypes, and not sexualizing bears and food.
“I didn’t want to give an erotic taste to the project,” he continues. “If there’s any, you must blame the models.”
Though some beg to differ.
Check out these images from Cooking with the Bears — Healthy Recipes by Hairy Men and let us know what you think in the comments section…