Lights, Camera, Action!
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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