Food Porn. All Culture Vultures Must Eat.

I found an excellent article in an older issue of The Atlantic. And some amazing visuals from my hoard….

What ‘Food Porn’ Does to the Brain – The Atlantic

“It makes sense,” Megan Garber wrote of food journalism in The Atlantic last week, “that we would come to treat food not just as a source of sustenance, but also as a source of beauty that warrants intellectual engagement.”  But food porn is to food writing what images, in general, are to words: more immediate, more visceral. When choosing recipes for the Food Porn Daily Cookbook, Simpson recalled, she would “sit there for hours thinking, ‘What is porny? What turns your palate on?’” “Those pictures and those websites draw us in,” Magee said, “because they do hit something really primal in us.” Hunger and craving and fuel and want and need come together in complicated ways, but an ad for a Big Mac still draws on a fundamental quirk of animal behavior: It’s prettier, flashier, more attention-grabbing than the real thing, and that in itself is reason enough to enjoy it.

What ‘Food Porn’ Does to the Brain – The Atlantic

to add to that is my take on food porn… it includes cocktails! 😉

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