Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
To the uninitiated, food porn may suggest exotic dancers using fruits and vegetables as props. Possibly, but for our purposes, no.
Feminist Rosalind Coward is generally credited with coming up with the term “food porn” in her 1984 book “Female Desire.”
“Cooking food and presenting it beautifully is an act of servitude,” Coward wrote. “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.”
Spectacular visual presentations characterize food porn that can arouse a want to devour what’s seen. In a 2001 San Francisco Chronicle column, noted foodie Anthony Bourdain wrote:
“Food porn, the glorification of food as a substitute for sex, is not an entirely new phenomenon. Nor, perhaps, is the ‘objectification’ of food: displays or descriptions of food -- and its preparation -- for an audience that has no intention of actually cooking or eating any of it.”
You’re about to see several examples of food porn from the website foodporndaily.com. Ponder what immediately comes to mind as these wonderful delights pass by.
OK. Be honest. Depending on your personal taste, you thought, “I want that. I want that right now!”
At least once? Maybe more? I bet probably more.
Such salivation would be natural. Monica Reinagel, a board-certified, licensed nutritionist, professionally trained chef author and columnist says there’s no question food pictures can make you hungry.
“Several studies have found that viewing pictures of food (especially appetizing food) can trigger cravings. Even if you aren’t particularly hungry before looking at food photos, they can actually cause the release of hormones that suddenly make you feel hungry! One recent study also found that drinking a sweetened beverage while looking at high-calorie foods can magnify this effect by stimulating the brain’s reward centers.”
So in a nutshell, to avoid cravings, stay away from gorgeous food photos, right?
Let’s go to the video.
From a Brigham Young University news release:
“If you want to enjoy your food consumption experience, avoid looking at too many pictures of food,’ Larson said. ‘Even I felt a little sick to my stomach during the study after looking at all the sweet pictures we had.’
“Then again, Larson said, if you have a weakness for a certain unhealthy food, say, chocolate, and want to prevent yourself from enjoying it, you may want to look at more pictures of that food. The authors said the effect is strongest the more pictures one views.”
I’m just not buying the notion that a picture of a phenomenal dish would be a turn-off. But to make sure, I’ll have to think about it over some buttermilk marinated fried chicken.
CULINARY NO-NO BONUS