(Yep, I'm back from N.J. by the way, thanks for askin'.)
Most 'in-the-know' blog readers have at least visited James Lileks' site, home of the very quirky, amusing Daily Bleat, his wacky collection of vintage, forgotten comics, but some know him best for having written (and published) the infamous Gallery of Regrettable Food. Everyone owes it to him- or herself to spend a few minutes browsing through this index of gustatory monstrosities. Really people, some of these atrocious '50s culinary creations are utterly mind boggling...
Adult/High School-Ketchup Pistachio Cake. Meat Pie with Meat Crust. Baked Peppers with Creamy Marshmallow Sauce. Daring readers will come face to face with these and worse in this excellent book that's bursting with photographs, recipes, and bits of text and "tips" taken from mainstream American cookbooks of the 1940s-70s, when "the only spice permitted in excess [was] fat."
Is it frightening? Is it scary? Is it evidence that intelligent life has yet to be found (on this planet or otherwise)?
Next, we have what is perhaps best described as a companion site to Lileks and his merry band of sick delights, we find Cate's Garage Sale Finds, where one woman has taken it upon herself to scavenge the wild, woolly wilderness of that most American of semi-commercial markets, the garage sale, in hopes of uncovering some strange piece of arcana that holds the power to unlock some of our culture's most shocking, scintillating secrets.
[No, she didn't pay me to say that. =P Yes, that is very bad, hackneyed copy. Glad you noticed. =D]
Aaaaanyway, Cate's site is subdivided [note: is the "sub-" really necessary in that word?) into four main headings, plus a links section. What most fascinated me about the site, and is most similar to Lileks', is the aptly-titled Foods.
Must. Not... Look...!
I guess sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Or a thousand involuntary spasms involving the digestive system. Ewww.
Also be sure to check out "Romance Novels" for a hearty chuckle. Get it? See, "heart" = "love," and "love" = "romance," and I just mentioned... aww never mind. Puns are much less funny when explained.
The last site in this Trilogy of Tastebud Terror is "Weight Watchers recipe cards from 1974," an uproarious collection of, you guessed it, antique Oriental swimwear. No, no, no, just kidding! ;-) Bad, bad attempt at absurdist humor, anywho... maybe a picture sample will suffice:
Whisky Tango Foxtrot!
Well, the snarky commentary makes the last site on the list my favorite. And I think that's about all the stolen bandwidth I can handle right now. Keep on cookin'! posted by Steve
6/08/2003 10:13:00 PM
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