the gallery of regrettable food
My Dad complained I was writing about things he didn't understand, and couldn't I please blog about food or something? So Dad, this is for you.
The Gallery of Regrettable Food
contains links to actual cookbooks
from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. James Lileks compiles images from these cookbooks with snarky commentary, and it would be really REALLY funny if it weren't so true. As it is, it's just really funny. Of the era, Lileks says, "It wasn't non- nutritious - no, between the limp boiled vegetables, fat-choked meat cylinders and pink-whipped-jello dessert, you were bound to find a few calories that would drag you into the next day. It's that the pictures are so hideously unappealing."
So, read on
and discover the humble beginnings of your grandmother's holiday food. You know, the kind you try to run from...at least I do (and look at me! 3000 miles away and never to return). Lileks saved the best of the worst examples and bound them in a very popular hardcover edition of the gallery, available at Amazon.com
and other fine booksellers.