All over the world people cherish different beliefs. Regardless if these beliefs are rooted in religion or popular culture, a true believer cannot be swayed. So, when Mother Teresa surfaces on a cinnamon bun, the manifestation turns into an event that attracts global attention. Madonna of the Toast documents what happens when religious and secular icons appear on such things as pancakes, potato chips and cows. From highly publicized examples of these phenomena (Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese) to previously unpublicized instances of these visitations (Jar Jar Binks on a shed door, Jesus on a mandolin), all of the objects featured in the book exemplify the power of visual communication. As Buzz Poole writes, "Whether on the level of sacrosanct devotion or pop culture kitsch, these forms become as relevant as the world's finest art because they compel people to react; the objects in this book, emblazoned with faces and symbols recognized the world over, have been appraised at stunningly high sums, been toured around the globe and have inspired people to travel, pray and steal." Every example consists of colorful images accompanied by intimate, remarkable stories that relay the personal and cultural ramifications of these objects, every single one of them encapsulate very real aspects of popular culture.
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