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Then it went to stalking the cookbook section of Barnes & Noble where I would spend hours running my hands tenderly over endless photos of sumptuous layer cakes, luscious maple bacon topped burgers and succulent rainbow colored salads.

By Lora Wiley - lora@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos ©Icarus Blake

photo©Icarus Blake

My Name is Lora and I’m Addicted to Food Porn

It started out innocently enough. Lingering a few moments too long over a recipe picture in the New York Times, posting a few sexy shots on Facebook and Twitter. Then it went to stalking the cookbook section of Barnes & Noble where I would spend hours running my hands tenderly over endless photos of sumptuous layer cakes, luscious maple bacon topped burgers and succulent rainbow colored salads. Now I spend a good part of my day reading food blogs, clicking from one gorgeous delicious picture to another. I know I am not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people like me are addicted to food porn and our numbers are growing.

What is it about these pictures that lure us in? Is it more than making our mouths water and sparking cherished memories of meals shared with family and friends? In the ever-growing trend of documenting our lives, taking and sharing photos of what we eat has become a national pastime, an obsession even.

Spaghetti photo©Icarus Blake

Sites like TasteSpotting and foodgawker are the crack dealers of food porn. Every day tons of delectable images are uploaded selected from blog post entries worldwide.

My personal taste runs the gamut, from pretty pastel pictures of French macarons to juicy steaks sizzling on the barbeque. I love it all. Eating with my eyes has become my favorite sport. I fixate on photos that display my favorite colors, flavors or represent the treats of my childhood.

Tomato photo©Icarus Blake

My Google Reader groans under the weight of my ever-growing food blog subscriptions. My own food photography takes up 80% of my iphoto space. I recently discovered video food porn, put out by the likes of The Well Heeled Cook. Now there’s no turning back.

Foodtography peeping remains my addiction and I don’t want to go to rehab. No. No. No.

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