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Eatsy: The Fundamentals of Food Porn

Jan 26, 2011

by kittykatherine

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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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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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161 comments

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

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

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    *Porn*

  • tennyoceres

    tennyoceres said 6 years ago

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

  • PirateWenchTreasures

    PirateWenchTreasures said 6 years ago

    WOW! It ALL looks scrumptious! =D

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Yummy!!!

  • TimothyAdamDesigns

    TimothyAdamDesigns said 6 years ago

    Yum!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

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

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 6 years ago

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

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu said 6 years ago

    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

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • blackpotter

    blackpotter said 6 years ago

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

  • jennybradley

    jennybradley said 6 years ago

    This is making me hungry! Yum yum!

  • saltboxscents

    saltboxscents said 6 years ago

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

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 6 years ago

    My favorite porn star = Curtis Stone. Rawr!

  • saltboxscents

    saltboxscents said 6 years ago

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

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Now I'm hungry and I just ate.

  • PinkysBakery

    PinkysBakery said 6 years ago

    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 :/

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 6 years ago

    Now I am hungry...great piece:)

  • throughthelooking

    throughthelooking said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BlessedBeeApothecary

    BlessedBeeApothecary said 6 years ago

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

  • GreenBeatles

    GreenBeatles said 6 years ago

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

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    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...

  • phunkyphashions

    phunkyphashions said 6 years ago

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

  • jojobeandesigns

    jojobeandesigns said 6 years ago

    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!

  • NotoriousKnits

    NotoriousKnits said 6 years ago

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

  • FairypantsDesigns

    FairypantsDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    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.. ♥

  • platypusmonger

    platypusmonger said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Yummy as always :)) Thanks !

  • FreshBatchJams

    FreshBatchJams said 6 years ago

    Great post! One of my faviorate topics!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    More food porn, please. Good enough to eat!

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 6 years ago

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

  • TailsandSnouts

    TailsandSnouts said 6 years ago

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

  • beyarnedcrafts

    beyarnedcrafts said 6 years ago

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

  • katemariescreations

    katemariescreations said 6 years ago

    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

  • AproposRoasters

    AproposRoasters said 6 years ago

    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!

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore said 6 years ago

    Mmmmmm food porn.

  • modbijou

    modbijou said 6 years ago

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

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 6 years ago

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

  • TimeAndAgainFashions

    TimeAndAgainFashions said 6 years ago

    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!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    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

  • Zozuz

    Zozuz said 6 years ago

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

  • Sanmarcianart

    Sanmarcianart said 6 years ago

    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?

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody said 6 years ago

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

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Tempting food! Love the food photos!

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 6 years ago

    You learn something new everyday ♥

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix said 6 years ago

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

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Food porn...a wonderful phrase.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Yummy! Love the food photos!!

  • laurastark

    laurastark said 6 years ago

    Bring on the food porn!

  • choisette

    choisette said 6 years ago

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

  • hulamom6

    hulamom6 said 6 years ago

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

  • aynart

    aynart said 6 years ago

    food prawn!

  • CameraQueenPhoto

    CameraQueenPhoto said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    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?

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

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

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    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! :-)

  • mandymoomoo

    mandymoomoo said 6 years ago

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

  • sandrabeth885

    sandrabeth885 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • kasiakasia

    kasiakasia said 6 years ago

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

  • bowlabeau

    bowlabeau said 6 years ago

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

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 6 years ago

    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??

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

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

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

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

  • ChocolateStarShop

    ChocolateStarShop said 6 years ago

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

  • StopTheClock

    StopTheClock said 6 years ago

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

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    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!

  • sweetpeasoup

    sweetpeasoup said 6 years ago

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

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 6 years ago

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

  • DharmaKarmaArts

    DharmaKarmaArts said 6 years ago

    That makes Foodgawker.com a pronography site!!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    tasty

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    drooling

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 6 years ago

    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.

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 6 years ago

    WE HEART FOOD PORN!

  • minta77

    minta77 said 6 years ago

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

  • TheKnottyDaughters

    TheKnottyDaughters said 6 years ago

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

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 6 years ago

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

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore said 6 years ago

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

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

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

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen said 6 years ago

    Yummy!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 6 years ago

    Yum!!!! i am hungry

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    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...

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 6 years ago

    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.

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    "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!

  • LyBly

    LyBly said 6 years ago

    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'. :)

  • mamalotsoftots

    mamalotsoftots said 6 years ago

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

  • EpicuresMistress

    EpicuresMistress said 6 years ago

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

  • saltcityspice

    saltcityspice said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Tirabaralla

    Tirabaralla said 6 years ago

    All I have to say is: OM NOM NOM

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • CharmingPeacock

    CharmingPeacock said 6 years ago

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

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Looks inviting! :)

  • heartcity

    heartcity said 6 years ago

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

  • heartcity

    heartcity said 6 years ago

    *for

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 6 years ago

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

  • michellesthisandthat

    michellesthisandthat said 6 years ago

    mmmmmmmmmmm food porn :o)

  • SilverleafShinyStuff

    SilverleafShinyStuff said 6 years ago

    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! ;)

  • filthyrotten

    filthyrotten said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Caracrass

    Caracrass said 6 years ago

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

  • Caracrass

    Caracrass said 6 years ago

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

  • AndSheCooks2

    AndSheCooks2 said 6 years ago

    omnomnom

  • pinkcamojeep

    pinkcamojeep said 6 years ago

    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!

  • lovisetto

    lovisetto said 6 years ago

    Great images!

  • Bacchusbabe

    Bacchusbabe said 6 years ago

    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!

  • nonesuchgarden

    nonesuchgarden said 6 years ago

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

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 6 years ago

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

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 6 years ago

    Now I'm hungry!

  • itsmadewithjoy

    itsmadewithjoy said 6 years ago

    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!

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 6 years ago

    I love, love, love red velvet!

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 6 years ago

    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! :)

  • waterlilyjewels

    waterlilyjewels said 6 years ago

    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

  • minibarblues

    minibarblues said 6 years ago

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

  • ModelCitizen

    ModelCitizen said 6 years ago

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

  • VisualResistance

    VisualResistance said 6 years ago

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

  • PinkSenorita

    PinkSenorita said 6 years ago

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

  • BlushEnvy

    BlushEnvy said 6 years ago

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

  • prettystardesigns

    prettystardesigns said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • good4you

    good4you said 6 years ago

    nam nam. I love herb porn too!

  • good4you

    good4you said 6 years ago

    nam nam. I love herb porn too!

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 6 years ago

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

  • IndyGrrrlProductions

    IndyGrrrlProductions said 6 years ago

    Delicious looking finds! I love food porn.

  • Gosia

    Gosia said 6 years ago

    Love food porn!! :)

  • Bremollman

    Bremollman said 6 years ago

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

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 6 years ago

    Yummy! Good photography makes everything look so sensual!!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 6 years ago

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

  • namasteyworld

    namasteyworld said 6 years ago

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

  • nine18glass

    nine18glass said 6 years ago

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

  • bigblondehead

    bigblondehead said 6 years ago

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

  • jennyleefowler

    jennyleefowler said 6 years ago

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

  • cherrylippedroses

    cherrylippedroses said 6 years ago

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

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans said 6 years ago

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

  • justmakeme

    justmakeme said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • SmilingCatStudio

    SmilingCatStudio said 6 years ago

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

  • HeartstringsByJanice

    HeartstringsByJanice said 6 years ago

    Yummy

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    CruzArt said 6 years ago

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  • JanellJewelry

    JanellJewelry said 6 years ago

    I'm starving! What's for dessert?

  • hingedjewelry

    hingedjewelry said 6 years ago

    BeYOND amazing. FABulous article!

  • fecklesslulu

    fecklesslulu said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • jbEbert

    jbEbert said 6 years ago

    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).

  • ArtDesignMW

    ArtDesignMW said 6 years ago

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

  • SankofaLove

    SankofaLove said 6 years ago

    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

  • llalterego

    llalterego said 6 years ago

    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.

  • thevintagequeendom

    thevintagequeendom said 6 years ago

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

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 6 years ago

    *craving* Not sure what though...

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • jujushoppe

    jujushoppe said 6 years ago

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

  • BoatCrafts

    BoatCrafts said 6 years ago

    Food porn... LOL

  • BLBbymartine

    BLBbymartine said 6 years ago

    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

  • SimandCharlieDesigns

    SimandCharlieDesigns said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • onebutton

    onebutton said 6 years ago

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

  • ShortandSweets

    ShortandSweets said 6 years ago

    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

  • Bleiu

    Bleiu said 6 years ago

    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.

  • dustpanproductions

    dustpanproductions said 6 years ago

    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!

  • aluaces

    aluaces said 6 years ago

    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.

  • TeruAmaro

    TeruAmaro said 6 years ago

    I am really turned on! Lol! Very cool.

  • lisabarbero

    lisabarbero said 6 years ago

    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!

  • mwedd

    mwedd said 6 years ago

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

  • AlisaBrides

    AlisaBrides said 6 years ago

    Yum!

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