The Edible Horror of 1959

Hello Dear Readers! 

Today we are going to put away our mirth, store our humor in the overhead storage compartment and put a lid on our collective jar of Hardy Har Hars — so that we may take a serious look at a trend from 1959 that is so disturbing, so bizarre, so downright twisted that, frankly,  we really don’t even want you to read the rest of the post . . . okay fine go ahead and read it . . . but you’ve been warned!


The Edible Horror of 1959

As you can see, this 1959 cook book is trying to pass itself off as an innocent Metropolitan Cook Book featuring foods that are not only delicious and nutritious, but also, foods that appear to have a wonderful outlook on life, a cheerful disposition and an enviable outgoing vivaciousness that would light up a room!


Looks innocent?  Look again!

But even though things seem innocuous enough on the surface what these pictures are actually depicting is the sick, brain-washed, utopian edible world of 1959 wherein innocent foods have been programmed into wanting to be eaten.


As evidence, let us take a look at this unsettling illustration:

Here we have meat that has been obviously drugged so that it can be paraded before the eyes of carnivores — by its very own offspring as they wave parsley in an attempt to draw attention to their very own parent’s deliciousness!  What in heaven’s name was going on in 1959?


And in another equally unsettling illustration we see this:

Here carrots, radishes and onions are happily waiting in line to be dipped into a boiling caldron of soup!  Notice the mindless smiles and the blank affectations in the eyes of indoctrinated vegetables as they so willingly and cheerfully give their lives to this 1959 Orwellian soup du jour!  Oh the vegumanity!


And it just keeps getting worse:

Here we have an apple throwing a pie in its OWN face in some sort of sick prelude to the eating of said pie.  Thank the good lord, cruel practices such as this do not go on in the present day.

And finally we must insist that all children be out of the room before scrolling down to this final example of 1959 edible horror:

Family cannibalism!

Here we see a strawberry about to take a big bite of sorbet made out of Sister Stawberry!  We witness Pear munching delightedly on Brother Pear Pudding and Apple enjoying applesauce made entirely of Mother and Father Apple!

These are images that will forever sully the once pristine synapses of our heretofore innocent brains.  I’m sorry Dear Readers to have to do this to you!  But you were warned!

If it’s any consolation

Until next time . . . I love you

15 thoughts on “The Edible Horror of 1959

  1. Ahahaha! LOL!!! Oh my gosh, Linda, “Orwellian Soup du Jour” and the “vegumanity!” And that poor piece of meat, drugged up and paraded through the center of your dining room table… Well, it’s a disgrace.
    I’ll never trust a smiling apple or pear again!

  2. These 1950s food oictures me of a horrible science fiction novel in which every fruit and vegetable is happily drugged while horrible and unspeakible things are happening. The sad reality is this ACTUALLY happened to these poor fellas back in the 50’s. America. Shame on you.

  3. I actually like the graphics, in that retro/kitschy way, though the actions are slightly weird. It’s also a far cry from those awful 70’s ones.

    I was going to say the meat is part of the hippie/beat movement, but it came to mind as:

    beat meat.


    • Ha! Brain! Beat meat! There’s probably a recipe book out there by Jack Kerouac himself! Each recipe is accompanied by bongos and sounds great when recited aloud!

      I do really like the graphics. Some talented artist poured his heart into these. I wonder how much they paid him/her but since it was 1959 more than likely it was a him.

  4. It was terrifying acts like these that brought the kashrut (kosher) laws into being. The author is obviously sinner who needs to be brought back into the fold.

    Another great Sunday piece to write about.

    Ha. Randy

    • What a great idea Randy! I love the idea of combining the Bible Stories with food horrors of the past! I could write a book and call it Book of Revelation! I wonder if it’s been taken — I hope not! 😀

  5. Perfectly exquisite!! Utterly sublime!! The apple throwing a pie in a pie’s face was way ahead of its time when it comes to wink-wink hipster irony!! And the pudding cannibalism is more outrageously cool and over-the-top than Jon Stewart, Dave, Conan, or Colbert could ever be!!

    Best of all, this wonderful post conjured up a vision of a Funyun eating a bag of greasy, oily, bloated Al Gore chips!!!! : P

Please leave a comment. I need help finishing my sentences.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s