Are these 21 vintage recipes really “upsetting”?January 10, 2014 by Lindsay
I’ve seen a couple of references around the web to a recent Buzz Feed Food feature called 21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes – obviously, these recipes have hit a nerve for many. But I wonder about the use of “upsetting.” The youth among us may be able to be objective about these recipes – and, frankly, given the art of food photography they demonstrate I’d agree there is no way they can be called appealing. And there is also no question that, given the combination of ingredients, many of these are really offputting. So for a certain age group, I might not object to the word “upsetting.”
But for those of us who are not-so-young, a recipe that Buzz Feed calls “upsetting” may be a close relative to a fondly remembered family entree. Many of these recipes fall into one of two categories that were especially popular “way back when” – gelatin-based and molded foods (esp. loaves). Maybe these specific recipes aren’t what was served, but I bet that many of us ate some closely related recipes. Personally I can think of tomato aspic, meat loaf, tuna noodle casserole, and hot dogs and lima beans.
So here’s a challenge – take a look at these and see if a few spark an emotion that isn’t upsetting, maybe one that’s a little warmer and nostalgic.
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