A Look Back At The Most Kitsch Dishes Of The 1970s
Meat jello, meat and cheese stuffed pineapple or even boiled eggs and fish. It seems the 1970s were all about having the most abnormal dish. Back then, foodporn was far from the avocado toast and smoothie bowls.
Meat ruled every meal, and mayo was essential to create improbable associations. Now, Twitter account 70s Dinner Party delights us with the best photos of the groovy decade's most kitsch meals. Behind the twitter account and the Tumblr page, is a Londoner publicist.
Welcome ... To Hell pic.twitter.com/VF1AwRmmI2— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) August 16, 2016
Anna Pallai created this ode to kitsch cuisine because she was tired of clean-eating trends and Instagram pictures of perfect food. She grew up in the 1970s, fed meat loafs, stuffed peppers, Hungarian stews and a lot of boiled egg platters.
When she found one of her mother's old cooking books, covered in grease-stains, she had the idea to share these recipes and vintage photos on the internet, and soon in a book (October): 70s Dinner Party: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly of Retro Food.
Let's party like its 1970 till the end of 1979 pic.twitter.com/rBLhcZrwAE— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) August 22, 2016
"Harking back to a simpler pre-Instagram, pre-clean-eating era, when the only concern for your dinner party was whether your aspic would set in time, this is a joyful celebration of food that can give you gout just by looking at it.Covering all the essentials, from starters through to desserts, dinner party etiquette (just how does one start to eat a swan fashioned from a hard boiled egg?) and the dreaded ‘foreign’ food, there's no potato-fashioned-as-a-stone left unturned."
Weird associations and abnormal presentations were key
The 1970s don't seem to be the healthiest decade. 1950s and 1960s were the golden age of the microwave and precooked meals, everything cooked in three minutes or less, which even led American magazine Bon Appetit to say in 1976:
"If you're already the proud owner of a microwave oven, consider yourself among the avant-garde cooks of America."
As for cooked meals, stuffed ingredients were king, especially meat within meats. A lot of unappetising associations were merely presentations that required way too much attention, and you could find mussels in every kind of pineapple... a lot of pineapple. Oh and people weren't scared of fat in the 1970s.
Surprise mutha fuckas! pic.twitter.com/xbaQ0FmGOk— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) December 11, 2015
"Only love beats butter"
Nothing beats butter pic.twitter.com/Z2n8yMvZEv— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) August 29, 2016
Lamb Mint Jelly
Fish always taste better
Can't you see I'm so trapped and I don't know what to do pic.twitter.com/74tp0UeFkx— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) August 9, 2016
Fast meal idea: stuffed peppers
I don't think I will pic.twitter.com/JEYjuoPNQ4— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) June 9, 2016
"Oh, go stuff a pineapple"
Oh, go stuff a pineapple pic.twitter.com/LohTvFDpUd— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) June 4, 2016
A well garnished platter
Indescribable! Indestructible! Nothing can stop it! The Blob pic.twitter.com/2CTpCj7Y6e— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) December 13, 2015
Ham. And bananas. And Hollandaise.
Ham. And bananas. And hollandaise. pic.twitter.com/hYznkl9UQi— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) November 18, 2015
By Sirine Azouaoui, published on 08/09/2016