Friday, January 08, 2010

Diet Aids

Frankfurter SpectacularThe winter holidays are renowned for copious feasts and tasty treats. It's not unusual for us to over/indulge a bit, and then spend the next few months trying to get into some semblance of "shape". We've covered exercise, general health, and cookbooks already, so we thought we'd now turn to what can only be described as "food aversion therapy".

Read through any of these websites and try to eat a meal afterwards. We dare you!

The Gallery of Regrettable Food provides pictures and commentary from cookbooks of decades past. Knudsen's Very Best is especially effective as a weight-loss aid. But please, I implore you, do not read immediately before a meal! Give yourself at least an hour to get some fresh air, or at least have a crying-laughing jag in private.

The Museum of Culinary Disasters is part of a larger project, Peggy's Antiquated Recipes. Sardine Sandwich Bake, anyone? Candyboots has scanned in Weight Watchers Cards from 1974. The "Frankfurter Spectacular" pictured above is from this collection. While the roasted root veggies are a healthy complement to hot dogs, I cannot for the life of me imagine what nutritional value a breaded & deep-fried pineapple core has.

My favorite one is This is why you're fat. Why is it my favorite? Rather than relying on kitchen quirks of yesteryear, this blog is regularly updated with concoctions of all kinds. Even better? Some of these offerings, such as the Deep Fried Reuben Balls, actually look kind of tasty at four o'clock in the afternoon. The only drawback is that they don't post recipes. I might just have to improvise on Spam® wontons.

While not all of these will put you off your lunch, you might be guffawing too much to be able to eat much. Bon appetit!

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