Lights, Camera, Action!Micki Myers
It’s 1983, the infancy of food porn and the good folks at Sharp Electronics Corporation who have produced this Microwave Cookbook have cottoned on to the extreme close-up as a selling point, and it must be said that while the lighting, styling, and overall quality of the photographs is excellent, their fetish for spearing, skewering, piercing and otherwise gripping, pinching and poking the produce with gleaming sharp metal utensils lends the whole thing a distinct BSDM feel. The rough charms of a rustic meatloaf are certainly improved by the prick of carving fork’s razor-sharp points to clarify the texture of what is meant to submit to the knife. The tip of a Chicken Breast Parmesan has been sliced and held aloft on the tines of a silver fork, connected to the rest by a thinly stretched ribbon of transparent, oily cheese. Peeking out from underneath the labial web is a layer of glistening red tomato sauce, the severed edge of breast itself resting in the puddle of clear juice it oozes. The slivered almonds are captured in the act of falling upon the buttered green beans where they settle into the melty yellow knobs in ecstasy. The beans perspire under their weight.
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