There are websites out there that will make you lick your lips and make your eyes glaze over. No, it's not what you think. Well, okay, it is porn, but food porn only.
Scrumptious, sumptuous pictures of immaculately prepared dishes, sauces dripping, tantilizing, from mountains of food.
Food porn is so common now on blogs that it even has a lengthy Wikipedia entry to explain the definition to newbies (a.k.a. fresh meat).
Our fascination with looking at food, if not eating it, has always been evident: from still life paintings of succulent cornucopias to the sustained popularity of entire television channels devoted to food: The Food Network and Cooking Channel to be painfully specific (but other networks such as Discovery can also boast food-related programming, as our appetite for this type of entertainment is so insatiable, it cannot be contained).
And now, with the proliferation of cell phone cameras, nearly every single bite can be documented: from a juicy hot dog at a street corner to a six-course meal at a five-star restaurant.
Thus, comes the rising tide of the food porn websites, where food photography collects, simmers, and stews, ready to entice the tastebuds, prep the palettes, and seduce the stomachs of hungry desk jockeys.
NPR recently conducted a poll asking if people were sick of seeing food porn on their friends' Facebooks or Tumblrs. Almost 30% said they were a little tired of the trend, but nearly 50% of those surveyed hadn't yet had their fill.
So it looks like production of food porn won't be stopped anytime soon. (And neither will our puns.)