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What's your favorite color of food? Why?

I love red food. Bolognese, marinara, pepperoni, salsa roja, red enchilada sauce, red taco sauce.

I crave red sauces for all the foods they top. Pepperoni pizza, pasta, tacos, tortilla strips, wet burritos, enchiladas. I could eat those every day, and have.

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  1. Great question, I have no idea. I love all things green so that might have to be my answer until I ponder some more.

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    1. re: fldhkybnva

      My 30 seconds later thoughts - my initial thought was the neutral family of beige, white and brown as I love mushrooms, onions and garlic and could eat them 3x a day for the rest of life and not be bored but they are just such drab colors.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        Mushrooms, onions and garlic may be drab in color, but our food would certainly be 'drab' without them. :)

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          And adding to your list of beige foods: pasta, bread, nuts, peanut butter, and many cheeses!

      2. I'm with you on red for all the same reasons!

          1. re: juliejulez

            Me too. Steak, burgers, lamb, lobster, shrimp, crab, beets. It's a no brainer.

            1. re: MGZ

              OK, now that you point out my favorite meats are red I might have to switch to red.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                Yes but they are brown when they are cooked. That's just a step away from beige. ;-)

                1. re: suzigirl

                  Brown food, yum. Steaks, brown rice, white rice with soy sauce. Brownies. Dark chocolate. Oh, yeah. Brown is a good food group. :).

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    Very true, my first thought actually was "uh, steaks aren't red" :)

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      They are on the inside, unless you've cooked 'em too much.

                      1. re: MGZ

                        And there's a whole new thread, how much is too much? I like mine med-well.

                          1. re: DuffyH

                            That, my friend, was the point!

              2. I think its Orange, usually orange foods are nutritious and slightly sweet. Love carrots, oranges, papaya, peppers, tomoatos, sweet pototoes, ...meunster cheese :)

                1. That's a really interesting question. I'm going to say yellow for eggs, butter, cheeses, veggies, melon, chicken broths, some curries/sauces, mussels and pale yellow macadamia nuts.

                  1. Green. Lettuce, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, herbs. So healthy and delicious (along with that golden olive oil).

                    1. I'm all green, Duffy. But not with envy. With broccoli rabe, Romaine, escarole, frisée, spinach, Swiss chard, endive, bok choy, artichoke, zucchini, avocado... well, you get the picture. Naturally the other colors of food are included in my diet but I think the greens are my favorite.

                      (I knew this would make an interesting subject)

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                      1. re: Gio

                        Interesting and eye-opening, Gio. I hadn't realized how many different colors of food I really, really like.

                        Even white food is good! Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, white cheddar, milk.

                        1. re: pine time

                          Why not? I'd include stuff like triple chocolate chip cookies and devil's food cake with it. Flourless chocolate cake, too. Black food!

                          1. re: DuffyH

                            And... Black radishes! A former student of mine from Russia told me about her black radish salad but I have yet to see them in local markets. I'll have to grow them myself, I guess.


                            1. re: Gio

                              The Oreo of the veggie world!

                              1. re: Gio

                                Black radishes, soft butter, some coarse sea salt, a coupla slices of good crusty bread, and a knife. Now, that's a fine way to spend an early summer afternoon.

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  MG, do you eat the skin too? I understand the flesh is Very "pungent"...

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Yeah, that's the way I was first served 'em by a chef friend, and I never thought to take 'em off. Mrs. Z love's 'em too - she wanted me to add 'em to the garden this year, but I'm trying to do only seeds and couldn't find any locally. She's more than happy to settle for the White Icicles and Cherry Belles that are starting to come along.

                                    Next year, maybe . . . ?

                                  2. re: MGZ

                                    I remember my Russian-born grandfather grating black radish (yes, it was peeled first), mixing it with rendered chicken fat and Kosher salt, and spreading it on a slice of pumpernickel bread.

                                    1. re: CindyJ

                                      I SO wantoo eat that right now!.

                            2. A lot of green things just seem to taste good. Or maybe it's because green is my favorite color, and this is the power of suggestion at work? Anyway let's make a list:

                              Tomatillo salsa in the squeeze bottle at the taqueria, El Yucateco Habanero hot sauce, sliced scallions sizzling in a wok of hot oil, chopped herbs like basil, cilantro and thyme, pesto sauce with fettucine, diced lemongrass ready for a marinade, a classically made Caesar salad, blanched sweet peas, Chinese greens stir-fried with ginger and garlic, relish on a Chicago dog, chile verde with simmered pork shoulder, man I could go on and on.

                              1. Hmm I don't think I have a favorite food color as all of my top foods come in a variety shades-a good grilled steak (brown), Bolognese (brownish red), pesto (green), most cheese (ivory), caramelized onions (mahogany brown), eggs (yellow/white), wine- both yellow (aka white) and red.

                                That said on a day to day basis I eat a lot of red and green foods. Today was a spinach omelet for breakfast, raspberries, and plain yogurt for lunch and sweetfire beets for a snack. My husband is making dinner-no idea what yet but assume it will be chicken with some kind of green veggie.

                                  1. re: Veggo

                                    There is no blue food. George Carlin said so. ;)

                                    1. re: Veggo


                                      Where do you get blue muffins?

                                      Have you seen my avatar lately? I'm getting a little pale.

                                      Some blue muffins would really hit the spot.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        I thought it was a reference to blueberry?

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Unless my eyes fail me, I do not see the word "berry" anywhere in V's post.

                                    2. I'm with Veggo.


                                      It matches the color of my ties. When I get food on myself, it doesn't show.

                                      1. Blue.

                                        For my reason, read the Percy Jackson series.

                                        1. Brown. Brown is the color of braised meat things, smoked meat things, and the color that many other-colored things turn in the process of becoming more tasty. Carmelized onions, fried or roasted potatoes, roasted, grilled, or sauteed veggies, bread. I love rare steak, but need a good brown crust.

                                          Beer. Bourbon. Coffee.

                                          Soy sauce. Fish sauce. Oyster sauce.

                                          Wild mushrooms - morels, porcini, shiitake...

                                          Caramel. Peanut butter. Chocolate.

                                          I need to stop...

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                                          1. re: Wahooty

                                            <Brown is the color... that many other-colored things turn in the process of becoming more tasty.>

                                            Brown as a universal color donor, now there's a thought! :)

                                          2. I would have to go with brown, mostly for breads and chocolate.

                                            But for veggies it's green; broccoli, zucchini, peas, pea pods, lettuce, asparagus

                                            And for candy it's red; licorice, red dollars, gum drops, jelly beans, Swedish fish, life savers, tootsie pops...yum, love red candies!

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                                            1. re: Jpan99

                                              < And for candy it's red; licorice...>

                                              Twizzlers or Red Vines?

                                              1. re: DuffyH

                                                I'll eat any but would pick Twizzlers over Red Vines. Actually, my fave used to be Switzers. I think Hershey bought it and remade it but then they tasted exactly like Twizzlers so not sure what the point of that was.

                                                1. re: Jpan99

                                                  I wonder if it's a regional thing. For many years, Twizzlers weren't available on the west coast, at least in SoCal. I was in the Navy, stationed at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, the first time I tried Twizzlers. I thought then, and still do, that they had a vaguely oily petroleum thing going on. I'm a Red Vines girl. :)

                                                  1. re: DuffyH

                                                    Definitely regional. I don't think I had a red vine until I was in my 30's. I don't think they were around when I was a kid. Switzer's was the best but when they stopped making them there was really only Twizzlers as an option, as far as I can remember. But there was always non-brand that we would get for penny candy when I was a kid. Liked that too.

                                                    1. re: Jpan99

                                                      I like the generic red ropes, not so much the whips. Ropes I'd just bite off a piece. Yum. Whips are too skinny, I'd end up cramming an entire length into my mouth. Part of it would go down my throat, triggering my most-impressive gag reflex. Ah, fun times! :0

                                            2. IIRC, advertizers rely on shades of orange to stimulate the appetite for food.(If you have kids, considering turning the color off your TV set to reduce the stimulating impact of food commercials, btw - a B&W screen is more obviously artificial to the young mind)

                                              And, not surprisingly, blue is typically the least appetizing color in those terms.

                                              1. May I please answer this backwards and say the color I absolutely do not eat and will not buy? Blue. I don't mean as in blueberries, I mean as in royal blue drinks in bottles. It looks so totally fake---nothing is that color in nature. Who buys it?

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                                                1. re: Querencia

                                                  Exactly. No blue food. Doesn't exist in nature. Not even blueberries. What color is the juice? Purple!

                                                2. White---- White chocolate, white wine, white cheese, mayo, fish, potatoes, marshmallow, milk, yogurt, onions and the list goes on

                                                  1. I tend to go red and orange, but really all colors...
                                                    Once I made a red, black, and white dinner.
                                                    Red/Pink-Black-White: watermelon, red onion, black olive, goat cheese salad
                                                    Midnight Black: Squid ink risotto

                                                    Color-wise it was great, the taste too.

                                                    1. I read this and I so wanted to put " Miss North Dakota" or someone in the front of it ... Miss Texas what is your favourite food color and why?
                                                      Red just like how I like my steaks from my daddys ranch in the fabooolous state of Texas!
                                                      Actually- I find tropical colors appealing

                                                      1. white. the forbidden food color. rice, pasta, bread, whipped cream, cream cheese, ice cream. Can't (shouldn't) have it so it must be the best, right?

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                                                        1. re: laliz

                                                          Mashed potatoes
                                                          Baked potatoes
                                                          potato salad

                                                          1. re: laliz

                                                            I go for brown sugar, right off the spoon. No toppings needed. ;)

                                                          2. re: laliz

                                                            In Italy there are entire meals comprised of only white foods... "Mangiare in Bianco". On fact I've cooked one such: Pesce in Bianco (poached fish), with cauliflower sauteed w garlic, and an Italian potato salad...

                                                            1. re: laliz

                                                              never thought about it..but now that mention it I watched a show once about beverly hills private chefs and one of the women said "noooo white foods! I havent eaten anything white in 15 years"

                                                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                That would suck. No fish. No potatoes. No rice. No aged white cheddar. Etc.

                                                                If I ever have to remove all foods of any color first, promise me that one of you will shoot me first, OK?

                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                  I hope it was BeveryHills hyperbole I get the whole white is evil southbeach i must buy clothes at Justice for girls even though I am 35 thing... but apple flesh? fish? radish? parsnips?

                                                            2. Pink !! A juicy pink piece of meat, cooked perfectly medium!

                                                              1. Any fresh caught seafood except salmon.
                                                                Especially love Dungeness crab right out of the trap. Remove shell save everything but the 'dead man's hands. Crack the legs/claws then into sauté pan with clarified butter. Low heat lid on. In a few minutes 'nirvana'.
                                                                Sop up juices with fresh baguette.
                                                                Cool, not cold 'unoaked' Chardonnay.

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                                                                1. re: Puffin3

                                                                  So.... how does this pertain to the OP's question?

                                                                  Color me confused.

                                                                2. Blue! Blueberries, yum! Blue cheese, blue potatoes blue lobsters.

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                                                                  1. re: Pookipichu

                                                                    ohhhh love blue potatoes.. blue lobsters? please tell...

                                                                  2. The color of the Maillard Reaction. Because it is the color of savoriness.

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                                                                    1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                      The one and only post I have here is about the Maillard Reaction but I described it to fldhkybnva as brown

                                                                    2. Duffy, I kept coming back to this thread and reading the comments but not making my own...really had to think long on my favorite color of food..and I finally landed on all shades of ORANGE. From carrot to mango, the citrus family, OJ, cantaloupe, peppers, pumpkin, orange jellies, Halloween candies, Indian snacks, squash, sweet potato...to name a few!

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                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                        Hi, HillJ -

                                                                        Orange is a great food color. Along with green, it's one of the better colors for adding bits of stuff to make food more, well, colorful, and therefore more appealing.

                                                                        It's also right next to red on the food color wheel, so that works for me. :)

                                                                        1. re: DuffyH

                                                                          See, I can be so easily moved to change my choice to green, red, even blue....that really is a hard question to answer!

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            So who will use your favorite color in a poem as the final rhyme?

                                                                      2. Changes by what I haven't eaten in a while (I binge a lot).
                                                                        Since we're just hitting veggie season, it's GREEN. As in, I haven't had tons of greens in a while, and I'm craving the color just as much as the taste.

                                                                        Will revert to ORANGE in the winter.

                                                                        Have tremendous cravings for red/redbrown beefy dishes (or stirfries!), but am beefed out right now.

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                                                                        1. re: Chowrin

                                                                          "Changes by what I haven't eaten in a while (I binge a lot)."

                                                                          Oh, dear. We're chowhounds. We never, ever binge. We may get a real jones for something from time to time, and eat an entire batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, but that's different. Not that *I* would ever eat an entire batch of cookie dough at one time, I'm just saying.

                                                                          Besides, there's no video, so it never happened.

                                                                          1. re: DuffyH

                                                                            Dude! I have relatives with a garden.
                                                                            I binge on collard greens and kale, come New Years.

                                                                        2. There's nothing prettier than the red-orange color a bushel of Maryland blue crabs turn, covered in Old Bay. Nothing quite as tasty, either!!!

                                                                          (Lobsters look good in this color too!!!)

                                                                          1. Definitely green.... Or red.
                                                                            Avocado, kale, arugula, cucumber, mint, parsley, celery, cilantro. All are my favorites.
                                                                            Green curry
                                                                            Salsa verde
                                                                            Asparagus soup
                                                                            Sautéed Chinese greens
                                                                            And I have green juice every morning.

                                                                            But..... Couldn't live without tomatoes, chilies, chili sauce, a simple marinara sauce, radishes, raspberries, beets.

                                                                            Or white: feta, haloumi, sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk....

                                                                            Basically I'm indecisive.

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                                                                            1. re: equalibra

                                                                              There is a reason that there is a spectrum of colors.

                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                Absolutely. The contrast of colours is part of what makes the most appetizing dishes :)

                                                                            2. I love green vegetables!! Gimme some asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and spinach any day of the week and I am in heaven!! No joke, my dad constantly makes fun of me for this too.

                                                                              1. Most definitely brown.
                                                                                Old Fashioned
                                                                                Canadian Club
                                                                                Long Island Iced Tea
                                                                                Rum and Coke
                                                                                Cuba Libre
                                                                                Black Seal Rum

                                                                                Just to verify, I went to the original post. Food. Never mind.