The art world's food fetish is nothing new, triggering equal parts salivation and repulsion we gorge on so-called 'food porn' every day, saturating our screens with sugar. But beneath that candy-cane filter there's a darker side to our fetishisation of all-things sweet. With their Twix noses, salami decolletage and strawberry laces spewing from donut-shaped carverns, James Ostrer'
s saccharine-warped creations are delectably disturbing. Born out of a textbook childhood junk addiction, his new series Wotsit All About
takes sugar worship to the extreme, sculpting mutated, larger-than-life candy characters from truck-loads of pick 'n' mix favourites. Pushing his sitters to the extreme he smothers them in cream cheese, frazzles and ice-cream cones, the food masks leaving a claustrophic, bitter-sweet taste on the tongue. Interview
with the photographer. [NSFW]
The true secret of Easter
- but are toys
replacing candy (or, more awfully, live animals
) as the traditional Easter gift? And is that a bad thing?
A Guide to Writing Sherlockian-Tea Habits.
In which EnigmaticPenguin (of death) schools fanfiction authors in correct English tea theory and practice. Follow up: Biscuits.
Why our food is making us fat
(Guardian article by Jacques Peretti): [more inside]
Why Wal-Mart Is Making Our Health Its Problem
- "So what's behind the [healthier-eating] initiative
? In a word: scale. In a recent article in HBR
, Chris Meyer and I argued that we'll see companies taking more and more ownership of externalities they could ignore because of changing sensibilities and better sensors (meaning detection and reporting of impacts by third parties). But we also identified a third driver: the scale of modern business. Whereas in the past, a single grocer could not have much impact on society, in today's highly consolidated market, Wal-Mart touches a significant percentage of the nation's food intake. Once you reach a scale where your decisions have ramifications for millions, it is hard to pretend that the impacts, even as distant ripples, are not your problem."
Would you eat a stack of 16 sugar cubes?
SugarStacks makes it clear how much food you're having with your sugar. The McDonald's chocolate shake
is particularly disgusting.
Everybody knows that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is unhealthy, unnatural, and unappetizing. Or is it?
The Southern Foodways Alliance
is one weighed-down church-supper table, full of oral history/blog projects like The Tamale Trail
, the Boudin Trail
, interviews and recipes from the Bartenders of New Orleans
, photo essay/interviews from Birmingham's Greek-Americans
, a mess o'homemade films
, and a passel of event and BBQ-shack photos on Flickr
, all smothered in the tangy-sweet academic goodness of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
at Ole Miss. These folks get my vote for most flavorful, funkiest food-loving folklorists in the lower forty-eight. [more inside]
Old Time Candy
- ready to say goodbye to your New Year's Resolution diet? Old time candy will sell you gift boxes based on decade! We looked for the nostalgic sweet stuff before, but here is another good collection.