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Eatsy: The Fundamentals of Food Porn

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Food porn — the sexualization of eating and cooking — is a popular term and, for some, a loaded subject. Critics blame the phenomenon as cheapening good food and over-simplifying the process of making it. Others argue that presenting food in such a manner draws a wider pool into the foodie world. A key demographic for the Food Network consists of males between ages 18-35 — not your typical, ambitious home cook.

Food imagery these days is undeniably sensual, but isn’t that the inherent nature of food? Though perhaps a well-endowed woman with tussled hair sipping hot tomato sauce from a wooden spoon plays it up a bit.

An engrossing Harper’s Magazine article, “Debbie Does Salad: The Food Network at the Frontiers of Pornography,” addresses the subject. Author Frederick Kaufman sits with an established pornography photographer, Barbara Nitke, eating Mexican food and watching hours of cooking shows. During their analysis, Barbara points out various techniques, long established in the porn industry, that occur repeatedly: extreme close-ups, seductive lighting, flattering camera angles and repetitive shooting. There are the visual allusions as well, including finger licking, peach picking, and quick cuts between tasting, sighing and stirring.

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Organic Create-Your-Own Butter by Rhiamon

Recently at a talk organized by Food52’s Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Frank Bruni, the former restaurant critic for The New York Times, spoke with popular food blogger Deb Perelman, mastermind of Smitten Kitchen, about the pros and cons of food porn.

When I spoke with Deb on the subject, she explained that as far as food styling is concerned, “I have fun with the photos when I can. If there’s a way I can show some part of
the cooking process like a messy serving spoon or imprints of baked cookies on a piece of
parchment paper, I try to capture it.”

Photo by Deb Perleman of Smitten Kitchen

Deb is a self-taught home cook. Her recipes are enticing, and her food photography has attracted an impressive following. Deb’s pictures tell a story; sometimes they aren’t exactly related to the complexity of a particular recipe but you stop and look. And often, you stick around gawking at the picture, reading the recipes and dreaming about what can happen in your own kitchen. Her medium is the Internet, not television, but her images seduce in a similar fashion.

Photo by Deb Perleman of Smitten Kitchen

What’s on Smitten Kitchen, exists elsewhere. The web provides enticing food shots that may or may not reflect the difficulty of actually cooking it. The Skinny Gourmet did a nice post in which they identify “food porn” techniques on the web.

My personal feeling is that food photography’s primary objective is to be beautiful and inspire. It needn’t substitute good writing — an image can supply what text can’t and vice versa. The debate on the merits of food porn seems futile because the aesthetic exists and it’s not going anywhere. Instead, the focus should be on combining well written text and engaging images to offer the most immersive experience possible. Looking through Etsy’s Edibles Category, I found several food porn images; some made me chuckle and all made me hungry. I imagine that was the intent.

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Left: Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies by jeanettespatisserie. Right: Chocolate Banana Jam by RosaMariasKitchen.

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    Food Prom, wow I have never heard that one before...... I like it!!

    4 years ago

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    *Porn*

    4 years ago

  • tennyoceres

    tennyoceres says:

    All this article is doing is making me hungry. Seriously everything looks delicious. Even that peanut butter I'm deathly allergic to.

    4 years ago

  • PirateWenchTreasures

    PirateWenchTreasures says:

    WOW! It ALL looks scrumptious! =D

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Yummy!!!

    4 years ago

  • TimothyAdamDesigns
  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Actually I know more men than women who like the Food Network . . . hmmmm great article, thanks

    4 years ago

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy says:

    I know all about food porn. Sadly, I have a very large collection of Bon Appétit magazines under my bed....

    4 years ago

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu says:

    I don't see anything wrong with 'food porn.' I think it's great! My favorite food porn is Jamie Oliver At Home episodes and Foodgawker.com

    4 years ago

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 says:

    I think food porn is essential these days. You gotta keep your buns lookin buttery! Seriously though, it's all in the photography, beautiful pictures that draw us in.

    4 years ago

  • blackpotter

    blackpotter says:

    these photos make me want to cook then eat the beautiful food

    4 years ago

  • jennybradley

    jennybradley says:

    This is making me hungry! Yum yum!

    4 years ago

  • saltboxscents

    saltboxscents says:

    I use food porn in my shop on the DAILY! Its addictive...he..he..he! ;) Warmly, Mellisa www.saltboxscents.etsy.com see shop freebies

    4 years ago

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy says:

    My favorite porn star = Curtis Stone. Rawr!

    4 years ago

  • saltboxscents

    saltboxscents says:

    Yummy.....now I want a spoonful of P.B..anyone want to join me?

    4 years ago

  • birdie1

    birdie1 says:

    Now I'm hungry and I just ate.

    4 years ago

  • PinkysBakery

    PinkysBakery says:

    the more primative parts of our brain are wired to experience food and sex similarly; they are both essential for continuing our species so our bodies reward us with feel-good hormones! don't tell me you don't get tingly looking at this website, lol: foodporndaily.com i think the sexualization of food is a GOOD thing! maybe now we'll pay more attention and appreciate the beautiful, sexy food at farmer's markets and artisan shops.... cuz we all know nothing is sexy about TV dinners :/

    4 years ago

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles says:

    Now I am hungry...great piece:)

    4 years ago

  • throughthelooking

    throughthelooking says:

    I think, following up on PinkysBakery, that it is *essential* to sexualize food these days! People are far too fast to take food for granted, and just go the easy route. A bucket of fast food, plop down in front of the tv, and that's it, right? Food porn encourages us to *savor* the moment, really dive in with all five senses, and enjoy every morsel of it. That, most likely, means more satisfaction and less calories! Being fully present and aware when you're eating is the best portion control there is.

    4 years ago

  • BlessedBeeApothecary

    BlessedBeeApothecary says:

    great article, i just want to eat it all!!

    4 years ago

  • GreenBeatles

    GreenBeatles says:

    Food Network is my fave channel and there's no doubt as to why that is.

    4 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage says:

    As for me, I'm not sure it's "porn" at all. There's a difference between "sensual" and "sensuous." Both porn and food photography (and other photography, too--fabric softeners, linens, and in general, warm and fuzzy stuff) try to heighten our awareness of the sensuousness of the item. And maybe the sensual, as well. It gives one pause...

    4 years ago

  • phunkyphashions

    phunkyphashions says:

    This is so DeliCiOuS!!!! Thanks for the great post!! :D

    4 years ago

  • jojobeandesigns

    jojobeandesigns says:

    Those are fab photos, I love Smitten Kitchen! I am always trying to up the porn level of the food photos on my blog. Makes a huge difference when you can almost taste the food you see!

    4 years ago

  • NotoriousKnits

    NotoriousKnits says:

    I love a good food porn image! Thanks for the article!

    4 years ago

  • FairypantsDesigns

    FairypantsDesigns says:

    Now I want chocolate. And jam. And all sorts of delicious food. I think I'm going to go bake some cookies.

    4 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth says:

    If we are talking about the enhancement of the look of food to entice the buyer into eating it... I think food porn is not only *okay*, but brilliant. Why do laundry commercials use soft fluffy bears, puppies, etc. in their advertisements? To give us a feeling that they want their product to represent. There's no difference here. It's smart marketing.. in fact... now I'm hungry.. ♥

    4 years ago

  • platypusmonger

    platypusmonger says:

    Agreed with WoodlandCottage. Good photography is usually sensuous photography, and neither are usually porn. It's a goal of both artistic and commercial photography, so I'm not sure why food is special case.

    4 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Yummy as always :)) Thanks !

    4 years ago

  • FreshBatchJams

    FreshBatchJams says:

    Great post! One of my faviorate topics!

    4 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    More food porn, please. Good enough to eat!

    4 years ago

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds says:

    I knew that was Smitten Kitchen's photos right away! I love that food blog... yum.

    4 years ago

  • TailsandSnouts

    TailsandSnouts says:

    Food porn really knows how to make someone hungry. Great article.

    4 years ago

  • beyarnedcrafts

    beyarnedcrafts says:

    Some great, diet-wrecking photos there! Food porn, huh? I guess that Bizarre Foods show lands in the curtained off section of the shop...

    4 years ago

  • katemariescreations

    katemariescreations says:

    My male friends watch the food network all the time...but they are never talking about the food. Giada Giada Giada is all I ever hear! lol

    4 years ago

  • AproposRoasters

    AproposRoasters says:

    I think beautiful food images just inspire me to try it (cooking/baking) myself. I'm the only person I know that thinks baking soda looks like fairy dust (I'm aware of how crazy that sounds) and spends time taking pictures of meals created before I eat them, just so I can look back at something I made. Thanks for putting a term to my ultimate weirdness!

    4 years ago

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore says:

    Mmmmmm food porn.

    4 years ago

  • modbijou

    modbijou says:

    This is not helping me with my diet! I'm starving now.... :) Everything looks so yummy!

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    haha, i've never heard of this term. great article.

    4 years ago

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower says:

    I am addicted to the food ch! Love it! My bf & I always say food porn! Great stuff on etsy makes me hungry now!

    4 years ago

  • TimeAndAgainFashions

    TimeAndAgainFashions says:

    Food Porn indeed. Drool worthy and heart attack inducing. My personal fav celebrity chef (and hubby's too): Nigella Lawson. She has it all down to an art. Guess I was doing the whole "food porn" thing before it the phrase was even coined. Back in the early to mid 90s I sold cookies and muffins under the trade name NAUGHTY NORA'S. LOL!

    4 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    never heard of the term food porn before, but it makes sense now that i hear it. As an ex wedding cake baker and and foodie supreme i can never get enough of sexy food pics. Those butterball cookies up there are really plump and wonderfully sexy! And the buckeyes are also eye catching! thanks for the article

    4 years ago

  • Zozuz

    Zozuz says:

    Love beautiful food photos, though never thought of them as porn... :)Shows what I know!

    4 years ago

  • Sanmarcianart

    Sanmarcianart says:

    We can't smell or taste the food we see on the net, so the pics need to be over the top inviting to compensate for that. I have food porn and the hubby has amp porn (pics of the wiring inside guitar amps) it all fantasy fodder and who ever has enough of that?

    4 years ago

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody says:

    YUMMY! Now I have to order those Red Velvet Sandwiches.....my fav!!! :)

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Tempting food! Love the food photos!

    4 years ago

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen says:

    You learn something new everyday ♥

    4 years ago

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix says:

    You people are SICK and CRAZY... LOVE you all!! lol

    4 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    Food porn...a wonderful phrase.

    4 years ago

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu says:

    Yummy! Love the food photos!!

    4 years ago

  • laurastark

    laurastark says:

    Bring on the food porn!

    4 years ago

  • choisette

    choisette says:

    there's a fine line between luscious and gross. and that banana just crossed it.

    4 years ago

  • hulamom6

    hulamom6 says:

    Im all about the Food Porn...wait til I tell my husband!

    4 years ago

  • aynart

    aynart says:

    food prawn!

    4 years ago

  • CameraQueenPhoto

    CameraQueenPhoto says:

    I love it! As someone who has created a cookbook for a fortune 500 company. It's very important to make that food look as scrumptious as possible. Hmmm... Food Porn, sounds like a new industry to me. Beautiful work Deb!

    4 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    My son just walked in as the image of Organic Create-Your-Own Butter came on the screen. "Oh yum" he said. Says it all really. :) Is food porn so captivating now because we aren't creating with love in our own kitchens?

    4 years ago

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours says:

    Food Porn ? I do not think I want to go there. The picture do make me want to have one of each.

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Is food porn going to make us all horrible insecure about our culinary prowess? Or make us want to employ professionals to cook for us? I say enjoy it while you can. If folks are already starting to think it might be immoral it won't be long before they make it illegal... along with all the other things I enjoy! :-)

    4 years ago

  • mandymoomoo

    mandymoomoo says:

    my co-workers and I have been enjoying this phenomenon for a couple years...we call it "forn"

    4 years ago

  • sandrabeth885

    sandrabeth885 says:

    i can't watch Giada De Laurentiis without laughing out loud. one time she was squeezing out white frosting from a clipped plastic bag with it oozing over her manicured nails. and then she licked it off. no subtly there.

    4 years ago

  • kasiakasia

    kasiakasia says:

    www.tastespotting.com - 'nuff said! :) I have spent many an hour drooling over the pics on there!

    4 years ago

  • bowlabeau

    bowlabeau says:

    Yuumm! It all looks so good. And is inspiring the baker inside me!

    4 years ago

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage says:

    Gorgeous! Photos of food are always so striking. Is that because of their vibrant colors and textures? Or is it because they make our tummies growl??

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Um...yum. Now I'm craving red velvet like mad!

    4 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    i don't believe food can be sexualized since it's sexier than food. why diminish it by comparison. :P

    4 years ago

  • ChocolateStarShop

    ChocolateStarShop says:

    I think this is really going to depend on the food!

    4 years ago

  • StopTheClock

    StopTheClock says:

    Mmm, hungry now! So many treats available! Amazing photos too!

    4 years ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    Amazing article. I read cookery books in bed!! Seriously- just looking at the photos and reading the recipes relaxes my brain which is usually still in overdrive!

    4 years ago

  • sweetpeasoup

    sweetpeasoup says:

    Sex sells!..............& so does sugar!!!!

    4 years ago

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards says:

    YUMMMMY! Now I'm off to making myself a decadent Viennese Hot chocolate!

    4 years ago

  • DharmaKarmaArts

    DharmaKarmaArts says:

    That makes Foodgawker.com a pronography site!!

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    tasty

    4 years ago

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi says:

    drooling

    4 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    The connection between sex and food is obvious to most people who are passionate about life and what it has to offer. And that tray, it looks like Buckeyes in the making. Oh boy, yum.

    4 years ago

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage says:

    WE HEART FOOD PORN!

    4 years ago

  • minta77

    minta77 says:

    i'm a big fan of food porn and love smitten kitchen.

    4 years ago

  • TheKnottyDaughters

    TheKnottyDaughters says:

    You had me at Eatsy, the rest was delicious icing on the "cake".

    4 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    Food Porn....I'll admit it...I love it

    4 years ago

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore says:

    lol... never thought of it as porn, but yeah, it is truly seductive... we want some! lol...

    4 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Yum as always, Kitty. I have been pouring over garden seed catalogs....my husband calls them "garden porn.". :)

    4 years ago

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen says:

    Yummy!

    4 years ago

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou says:

    Yum!!!! i am hungry

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I love Smitten Kitchen, nice to see it featured on the Etsy blog! I must say I'm occasionally guilty of food porn shots on my own blog...

    4 years ago

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae says:

    I have never heard the term Food Porn either but it makes sense. I love all the yummy photography. It's very inspiring. There a number of dishes and techniques I probably wouldn't have tried if not for the photos.

    4 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    "Debbie Does Salad" and creativityismessy's comment about Bon Appetit magazines under her bed had me laughing out loud! Actually cooking great meals is hard, but subscribing to food magazines and watching food tv shows is easy. I realized I've been getting "Cooking Light" for a year and haven't made one recipe!

    4 years ago

  • LyBly

    LyBly says:

    Food porn works. Simple as that. Or to steal shamelessly a key phrase that I was told in the past when I worked with this daily... 'make them want to lick the page.' ...or in Etsy's case 'screen'. :)

    4 years ago

  • mamalotsoftots

    mamalotsoftots says:

    I think it is essential to food marketing. Gotta stay ahead of the game! :)

    4 years ago

  • EpicuresMistress

    EpicuresMistress says:

    Yes, I amaware of FOOD PORN. I'LL admit I'm addicted www.TasteSpotting.com & www.LaTartineGourmande.com are too irresistible!

    4 years ago

  • saltcityspice

    saltcityspice says:

    I'm all for it! I love that it's making food exciting for people who may not have been motivated to cook something before. In a world of fast food and microwave dinners, people cooking homemade food in their own kitchens is a great thing.

    4 years ago

  • Tirabaralla

    Tirabaralla says:

    All I have to say is: OM NOM NOM

    4 years ago

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns says:

    Auch! love that kiwi picture! you should add sample tastes to that post, you know.

    4 years ago

  • CharmingPeacock

    CharmingPeacock says:

    This all looks delicious. And I LOVE this new phrase!

    4 years ago

  • akcArt

    akcArt says:

    Looks inviting! :)

    4 years ago

  • heartcity

    heartcity says:

    now im so hungry! and smitten kitchen is one of my faves or inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • heartcity

    heartcity says:

    *for

    4 years ago

  • MGMart

    MGMart says:

    Wow! I always learn soemthing each day ;) Love the photos!!

    4 years ago

  • michellesthisandthat

    michellesthisandthat says:

    mmmmmmmmmmm food porn :o)

    4 years ago

  • SilverleafShinyStuff

    SilverleafShinyStuff says:

    As awesome as all this is, it truly isn't food porn. And believe me, I know, because I've actually starred in a food porn movie (back when I was a poor student - I'm still poor now but I'm older and fatter, lol). Although it only involved me, and didn't actually involve any nudity or anything sexual, it was definitely intended for masturbatory purposes. Apparently a girl getting covered in messy food and looking like she's enjoying it really does it for some people. Those food pics do make me hungry. They look yummy, far too good to tip down a girl's shirt! ;)

    4 years ago

  • filthyrotten

    filthyrotten says:

    Personally I love food porn. It's gotten off my tail and into the kitchen to try out new recipes and inspired me to try and perfect my own photography. Yes it may seem to simplify the cooking experience, the mess, the whoops but it gets you IN the kitchen and even better it gets the response that it's looking for. Food porn gets you oh, so very hungry.

    4 years ago

  • Caracrass

    Caracrass says:

    food porn. i swear this is why i have gained 30lbs lately. :P

    4 years ago

  • Caracrass

    Caracrass says:

    food porn. i swear this is why i have gained 30lbs lately. :P

    4 years ago

  • AndSheCooks2

    AndSheCooks2 says:

    omnomnom

    4 years ago

  • pinkcamojeep

    pinkcamojeep says:

    Looking at these photos and those on FoodPornDaily .... I see sensuality ONLY in the fact that the photos are extremely well done. If "food porn" brings us photos that involve enticing lighting, great angles and make us take extra time to think about presentation rather than scarfing down our quick meals without thought, let's have MORE of it!! Great article!

    4 years ago

  • lovisetto

    lovisetto says:

    Great images!

    4 years ago

  • Bacchusbabe

    Bacchusbabe says:

    Love food porn! If you guys haven't checked it out, Tony Bourdain's "No reservations" show has done two episodes on jus tthat subject makes you drool like mad. After looking at all thee photos, now I have to go bake something.... Its a good thing I'm snowed in anyway!

    4 years ago

  • nonesuchgarden

    nonesuchgarden says:

    I love great food photography! I love it when food is both delicious AND beautiful to look at. YUM!

    4 years ago

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas says:

    Oh, I'm sending this to my mom! She'll be disturbed but she'll love the red velvet sandwiches.

    4 years ago

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz says:

    Now I'm hungry!

    4 years ago

  • itsmadewithjoy

    itsmadewithjoy says:

    Wow-- Nigella's got nothing on you! It made me want to run out with my camera and start shooting all the pretty food around me!

    4 years ago

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz says:

    I love, love, love red velvet!

    4 years ago

  • aoisart

    aoisart says:

    Food porn makes me happy, lol! I love food and I love to cook and eat...heck, I love it so much that my Esty shop is based on food! :)

    4 years ago

  • waterlilyjewels

    waterlilyjewels says:

    I can spend hours looking for food porn. I'm a food porn addict! Great article. :) Word of advice, though, make sure you have safe search turned on before you search for food porn pics! ;p

    4 years ago

  • minibarblues

    minibarblues says:

    My palette is sufficiently aroused for the day ;) :)

    4 years ago

  • ModelCitizen

    ModelCitizen says:

    Mmm.. Makes me wish I'd packed a Lunch Pt. 2

    4 years ago

  • VisualResistance

    VisualResistance says:

    I am so turned on right now. Yummmm.....

    4 years ago

  • PinkSenorita

    PinkSenorita says:

    I never thought of a really well photographed food dish as porn. hahaha I like the concept of it.

    4 years ago

  • BlushEnvy

    BlushEnvy says:

    Oh my! (Blushes with embarassment at the porn which she finds quite desirable...)

    4 years ago

  • prettystardesigns

    prettystardesigns says:

    lol, love 'food porn' photos. Images like this are taking up most of my tumblr timeline so its a big thing right now!! Beautiful and inspiring, they do make you very hungry though!!

    4 years ago

  • good4you

    good4you says:

    nam nam. I love herb porn too!

    4 years ago

  • good4you

    good4you says:

    nam nam. I love herb porn too!

    4 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    Ah, but isn't the act of eating enjoyable and sensual? A rich pleasure that does indeed appeal to all the senses?

    4 years ago

  • IndyGrrrlProductions

    IndyGrrrlProductions says:

    Delicious looking finds! I love food porn.

    4 years ago

  • Gosia

    Gosia says:

    Love food porn!! :)

    4 years ago

  • Bremollman

    Bremollman says:

    I love the fact that the primary demographic for the food network is men who dont cook. lol great.

    4 years ago

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery says:

    Yummy! Good photography makes everything look so sensual!!

    4 years ago

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions says:

    Already being foodies -- food porn is always a source of inspiration, giggles, and eventually a full belly.

    4 years ago

  • namasteyworld

    namasteyworld says:

    This is a great post... thank you for sharing...

    4 years ago

  • nine18glass

    nine18glass says:

    They make me so hungry! And we just finished breakfast of tea, toast & jam...would have photographed nicely :)

    4 years ago

  • bigblondehead

    bigblondehead says:

    Great post. That is very interesting. The sexiest shot is that one of the author!

    4 years ago

  • jennyleefowler

    jennyleefowler says:

    Reading MFK Fisher's The Art of Eating right now (1947-1949). Astonishing writing, absolutely no images. She's always quoting the ancients.

    4 years ago

  • cherrylippedroses

    cherrylippedroses says:

    ...if I could just make my vintage jewelry look that delicious...

    4 years ago

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans says:

    oh baby, oh baby. Simply sensual and tantalizingly tasty. Off to find some chocolate sauce and peanut butter!

    4 years ago

  • justmakeme

    justmakeme says:

    Food IS an intimate thing. We want to have a close, pleasurable experience with it. Calling it "food porn" is just making it seem taboo - no matter. Like the author says - the aesthetic exists and it isn't going anywhere. There will always be those who push the envelope, and we should all be grateful that we have such liberties. Food is love, and it should appeal to us on many different levels: smell, taste, and sight and even touch - all very important. We should use the senses we have, and enjoy life. :)

    4 years ago

  • SmilingCatStudio

    SmilingCatStudio says:

    All those photos look yummy. But if it's food porn, I'm not sure what that says about me. :)

    4 years ago

  • HeartstringsByJanice
  • CruzArt

    CruzArt says:

    Hi everyone I do paintings of food porn. Please check it out:) http://www.etsy.com/shop/CruzArt?section_id=7650433

    4 years ago

  • JanellJewelry

    JanellJewelry says:

    I'm starving! What's for dessert?

    4 years ago

  • hingedjewelry

    hingedjewelry says:

    BeYOND amazing. FABulous article!

    4 years ago

  • fecklesslulu

    fecklesslulu says:

    People are inherently drawn towards food. My husband shoots a photo a day and posts on Facebook. Typically it's of his commute in which he walks, takes a train to downtown Seattle, walks a bit more and arrives at his job on the waterfront...all fodder for amazing photography. But interestingly enough, the photos he snaps and shares of the laboriously long and gracious meals we prepare together garner the most comments. Maybe it's a tribute to us and how our friends relate to us [we love to host dinner parties] or it is the sensuality of food that draw comments. Anyway...great article! Smittenkitchen has long been a in our RSS feed :)

    4 years ago

  • jbEbert

    jbEbert says:

    If hunger being piqued is prurient, then I'll admit to loving it! I love to eat good food (... and I don't mind a little porn now and again).

    4 years ago

  • ArtDesignMW

    ArtDesignMW says:

    Hey we are gooey and chewy and drippy too! Let's make it look good.

    4 years ago

  • SankofaLove

    SankofaLove says:

    This was a great article but since we are on the subject of food and seduction... Check out my friends page on FB this ice cream is great and please don't be alarmed by the name, however it is geared towards adults http://www.facebook.com/pages/Better-Than-Sex-Ice-Cream/137364649657144

    4 years ago

  • llalterego

    llalterego says:

    I think the first food related item I ever saw on screen to make me wander the way of food sensuality was 'Chocolat'. To me the essence of what is affective about the images of food lately is sensuality as opposed to porn. This is not to vilify the possibility of food porn, I just think that that would be more in the realm of performance art. Let's allow porn to still occupy an extreme of its own.

    4 years ago

  • thevintagequeendom

    thevintagequeendom says:

    great article on a great topic - food porn works, oh yes it does ;)

    4 years ago

  • metalicious

    metalicious says:

    *craving* Not sure what though...

    4 years ago

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere says:

    Wonderful!

    4 years ago

  • jujushoppe

    jujushoppe says:

    Who saw the P word and clicked without reading another word.

    4 years ago

  • BoatCrafts

    BoatCrafts says:

    Food porn... LOL

    4 years ago

  • BLBbymartine

    BLBbymartine says:

    Food porn.....recently watched I Am Love and have seen other movies giving food sensuality. I am all for this notion of appreciating food and all the varieties, tastes and feelings it can provoke. Great article and great photography

    4 years ago

  • SimandCharlieDesigns

    SimandCharlieDesigns says:

    hee hee....you said porn. Sorry, my inner 12 year old just resurfaced. The adult me is back now. :) I love food porn! I don't know when I started noticing it, perhaps with flickr, but people are obsessed with photographing their food. I love it! As for me, I have been seduced by the porn in this post so I'm off to the kitchen for a snack :)

    4 years ago

  • onebutton

    onebutton says:

    Food "porn" - nonsense - it's simply beautiful photography by inspired artists. Now, give me Curtis Stone or Florence Tyler in the kitchen . . . PLEASE . . .

    4 years ago

  • ShortandSweets

    ShortandSweets says:

    I don't think I could classify great food photography as porn since it doesn't have that same aura of naughtiness that real stuff possesses

    4 years ago

  • Bleiu

    Bleiu says:

    The obvious is that sex sells. It's psychological: So ..food + sex association = Sales. The tacky term "food porn" is probably one of the best things to happen to a food photographer's career because I'm sure it takes some kind of eye to get it just right.

    4 years ago

  • dustpanproductions

    dustpanproductions says:

    I thought I invented the term food porn but now I realize that what I was really referring to is food eroticism. The descriptions of food are what get me going! Of course, the pictures help!

    4 years ago

  • aluaces

    aluaces says:

    Sex and food are both sensual. When I used to body build, we would all call these pictures "food porn", because it was just looking at what we could never have, as we'd be chewing on steamed chicken breast and broccoli. It's a delicious, gotta-have-it moment.. not to mention beautiful photography is just beautiful photography, no matter how you look at it. Love this movement, love this phrase, and love food.

    4 years ago

  • TeruAmaro

    TeruAmaro says:

    I am really turned on! Lol! Very cool.

    4 years ago

  • lisabarbero

    lisabarbero says:

    Part of me wants to dissect this idea of food porn into something deeper - something missing in the psyche of modern people. Bare with me... Has food become a replacement for meaningful relationships in a society where the divide between men and women only seems to be getting deeper by the day? Recent male culture in America makes it almost all but unacceptable to be masculine while speaking to a woman and connecting with her on any level that doesn't include commenting on her breasts. So, while their men are busy bonding with other men over football, beer, and fatty foods, American women are turning to chocolate, cheesecake, and raspberry mojitos. On the other hand this could just be one more step towards all out love-sex-food-happy-hedonism-land. In which case, I say life is short. Eat well and love even better!

    4 years ago

  • mwedd

    mwedd says:

    Food is sensual stuff. What's the problem with that?

    4 years ago

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    55 days ago