Laughed so hard, I cried.

Image taken from The Gallery of Regrettable Foods

Ok. Admittedly, I’ve been a very bad blogger. First, not posting on any kind of regular basis. Then, writing mood pieces and talking about exciting upcoming events, and then failing to post updates: Unforgivable. Yaddy yaddy yadda. Not here to post an update right now either. That can wait a little, but I simply cannot hold back this latest gem for a moment longer; there’s a book called The Gallery of Regrettable Foods which has been slowly making the rounds among LibraryThing members who have been saying how very funny it is. For instance, my LT friend Nathalie who currently lives in Italy recently had this to say about it: “If you need a good laugh, I’d recommend [The Gallery of Regrettable Foods]. It’s basically excerpts from American cookbooks from the 1920s to 1970s with comments added by the author. I never knew that you can throw everything that’s not Jell-O into Jell-O. Hilarious!”

One of my favourite parts of looking at old magazines is seeing retro ads, which are often very funny, but the food ads in particular have always been a personal favourite in the “things you wouldn’t believe anyone ever thought was a good idea” category. So this book sounds just awesome to me, but unfortunately, it isn’t available at the library and I’m on a book-buying ban right now. Good thing my friend Nathalie thoughtfully provided the link to the Gallery of Regrettable Foods site, which I strongly urge you to visit right now. I hadn’t laughed like that in a long time. I mean, laugh out loud, real belly laughs; laugh until you’re hoarse kind of laughter. The titles alone had me in hysterics before I’d even clicked on the links—a sampling of my favourites:

“Meat! Meat! Meat! Also, Meat!”

“Bran-plus for Minus People. Urgh”

“10 PM Cookery – you nite-owl, you”

“The Unbearable Sadness of Vegetables”

“Cross-dressing Veggies”

and the truly outrageous “Meat Fisting At Home” still have me in hysterics as I type this.

1950s Trans World Airlines Advertisement

7 thoughts on “Laughed so hard, I cried.

  1. I’m skipping the recipes. Hard to type laughing, after reading: “The Italian dishes look like a surgeon got a sneezing fit during an operation.” Right up my alley, this morning.
    Thanks, kid. xxx

    • Aw man, I just took a sip of lemonade as I was reading your comment. Very bad idea. Can’t wait to see the photo attached to that caption, but surely it can’t be as bad as what I’m picturing in my mind?

  2. I told you this on LT…i remember a lot of this food..these “recipes” from the 50s, when i was a kid…and, i have my Mom’s copy of BETTER HOMES & GARDENS MEAT COOKBOOK….oy, indeed!….I posted a link to the Web Site on my Facebook far, no comments…folks over there must be dead!


  3. It’s past 4:30 am and I’m having to fight hard to control my laughter, as to not wake up others in this domicile. All I’ve got to say is… sack o’ sauce. Aye aye aye…

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