Food Porn

Sex Sells, so we are told, and of course it does. Sex is a natural, normal function of human beings. So what makes food sexy to the point of being food porn? I have posted for decades on social media, my exploits with food. And the term has been labeled to my presentation style as being sexy. I find pastry very sexy, both in composition and ingredients…maybe more so than savory food. Here is a sexy pastry article from the back pages; http://www.professionalchefsfoodnetwork.org/2021/05/19/the-little-bits-amuse-bouche-miragandise/

FOOD PORN

Food porn (or foodporn) is a glamourized visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercialsblogscooking shows, and other visual media. Its origins come from a restaurant review e-commerce platform called Foodporn.[2] Food porn often takes the form of food photography with styling that presents food provocatively, in a similar way to glamour photography or pornographic photography.

One of the earliest forms of the term can be found in an article by Alexander Cockburn, published in December 1977 in The New York Review of Books, in which Cockburn wrote, “True gastro-porn heightens the excitement and also the sense of the unattainable by proffering colored photographs of various completed recipes”.[3] Michael F. Jacobson used the term food porn in a 1979 newsletter of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The term food porn was also used by the feminist critic Rosalind Coward in her 1984 book Female Desire, in which she wrote:

Cooking food and presenting it beautifully is an act of servitude. It is a way of expressing affection through a gift […] That we should aspire to produce perfectly finished and presented food is a symbol of a willing and enjoyable participation in servicing others. Food pornography exactly sustains these meanings relating to the preparation of food. The kinds of picture used always repress the process of production of a meal. They are always beautifully lit, often touched up.

The term food porn does not strictly deal with the connection between food and sexuality. In the United States, food porn is a term applied when “food manufacturers are capitalising on a backlash against low-calorie and diet foods by marketing treats that boast a high fat content and good artery-clogging potential”.

In the United Kingdom, the term became popular in the 1990s due to the TV cookery programme Two Fat Ladies, after the show’s producer described the “pornographic joy” the pair took in using vast quantities of butter and cream.

What Makes Food Sexy

This is pretty simple to me, keep it simple. Use high quality ingredients, don’t f*** with them to much and present them well. Another term that assists with this process is “Mis en Plac”. Having things well organized in your head and physically, a place for everything, and everything in its place. Additionally the creative process is often inspired by what is available, seasonal and sustainable. Short story, fresh healthy food is sexy! Check this ditti out; https://cookingsexy.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/what-makes-food-sexy/

How to Make Food Sexy

As I mentioned above, proper ingredients and handling are number one. Creative use of ingredients are number two. So for number three it would be the choice of ingredients and how they are described. Lets have a look at the top 9 sexy foods;

  • Chocolate, as if this wasn’t obvious
  • Chili Peppers, they have an endorphin effect, and stimulate pleasure receptors.
  • Rabbit, think about it…..
  • Peaches, think about it again….dirty bird
  • saffron, rare, colorful, exotic
  • Vanilla, as above
  • Salmon, similar to rabbit
  • Figs, think fig leaves…
  • Strawberries

Conclusion

I think that about wraps it up, maybe double wrap it…lol. Food can be very sexy. It inspires imagery and imagination. It can be healthy, enjoyable and intense, much like it’s counterpoint SEX. So, yes sex sells. Have a relaxing enjoyable Sunday, and make your next meal a little sexier! Cheers, and happy cooking!