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Thursday, November 8, 2012

She blinded me with food styling!

Or the opposite.
Famous French Cookery 2
Yummy or radioactive?
I can't help it. I've already told you I'm a sucker for terrible 70's interiors and vintage food anti-porn. To this I add Famous French Cookery: Traditional French dishes for modern American kitchens by Woman's Day, 1969.
Famous French Cookery cover
Famous French Cookery 5
Take a good hard look at those garnishes.
Famous French Cookery 6
So Napoleon astride bloody meat wrapped in dough. Appetizing.
Famous French Cookery 4
Um, I actually love this cups, bread, flower combo. I'm deeply ashamed.
Famous French Cookery 3
Why did they think goop would look better on woven wooden bits with shutters?

Oddly, the illustrations for this book are wonderful. I'll share them next week. I wanted to get the truly, enjoyably awful food photos out of the way first.


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6 comments:

  1. I love those old photos too. The lighting is always so very strange in them!

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    1. Right?! I found myself spending a ton of time trying to "fix" it using retouch software and wondering why my camera shots were so bad...until I checked the originals. Ugh. And who decided red was a good backdrop?

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  2. I absolutely love this post and these pictures. The cheese whiz is my favorite. And those rhununculus are beautiful but what up with pink basket cake?
    I messed up e-mail submission and twitter link thing. Come find me please.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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    1. I thought the same thing: such pretty flowers, run! Run away from the cake-blob! It will eeeeeat you!

      I'll find you!

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  3. So funny. I love the one with Napoleon. Did people find these photos appetizing back in the day? Can't wait to see the illustrations!

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    1. Something about that velvety wallpaper next to food icks me out. I mean I love that type of wallpaper, but all I can think about is the sauce-goop getting on and staying there...forever. Stay tuned for the illustrations!

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