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Greatest Hits from Bon Appetit

jmcarthur8 Sep 22, 2012 11:08 AM

I love these old photos.


Food photography was surprisingly unsophisticated in the past. So it's not only the horror of the recipes themselves, it's the image that makes one wonder who the heck thought this was an appetizing picture!

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  1. paulj RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 22, 2012 01:34 PM

    Was it only a month or 2 past that we were arguing whether their
    sliced tomato salad was the rock bottom?

    1. kubasd RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 22, 2012 03:44 PM

      Thank you for this! Hilarious that this was haute cuisine back in the day... We think of Bon Appetit as at least relatively sophisticated...

      1. C. Hamster RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 22, 2012 04:48 PM


        That blue cheese mousse looked suspiciously like Sandra Lee's infamous Haunukka cake!

        1. buttertart RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 22, 2012 05:22 PM

          BA was very much the second banana to Gourmet then, and featured much more home-style, aspiring hostessy types of recipes. Not to say that these dishes don't look revolting (and I don't remember eating anything of the sort back then). Gourmet photos from around then still hold up.

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            sandylc RE: buttertart Sep 22, 2012 08:32 PM


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            KailuaGirl RE: jmcarthur8 Sep 24, 2012 02:18 PM

            Fortunately I never ran into any of those! Had I done so, I probably would have sworn off cooking and never come to love BA. :-)

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