Let’s Forego the Food Porn

charcuterie

 

Have you ever held your nose to swallow something undesirable without tasting it?  Smell affects taste.  The prevalence of food porn (visually appetizing, perfectly plated morsels) would indicate that sight affects taste too.

This food blog is filled with food porn.  Most food blogs are, because food porn attracts visitors.  I’ve made the mistake of going to food blogs with “pretty pictures”, only to be disappointed by a recipe that looked a lot better than it tasted.  I’m a repeat visitor to food blogs that have so-so pictures, but amazing recipes and interesting content.

Despite my personal experience, I still feel the need to dish out food porn for my own food blog.   I love creating recipes, but I am challenged to produce quality photos that display my dishes well.   I’m not a skilled in the fine art of food staging and photography lighting.  I rely on Photoshop, stock photography, and luck to create a nice platescape.  I have learned a few tricks along the way, about natural lighting, garnishes, props, and camera angles.  On occasion it all comes together.  I took the photo of the charcuterie featured in this blog post, which for some is no big deal, but for me it was a magnum opus.

We see food and immediately start creating a sensory image.  The actual dish may or may not live up to the expectations we have created with our mental palate.   In reality, not seeing food may actally heighten the sensory experience.  Here’s some food for thought:  Dining in the Dark is an event in which guests have dinner in total darkness and take a peek into the lives of the visually impaired. Each guest is on their own to taste, smell, and even feel the food to figure out what you are eating and drinking.  It is touted as an unforgettable experience.  If you don’t have a Dining in the Dark opportunity in your area, create your own.  You can do it on a small scale as a dinner party idea.  Forego the food porn and focus on making a fabulous meal!