Everyone has seen those social media accounts whose sole purpose is to make your mouth water with pictures of decadent dishes. If you have not, you are likely only missing out on recipes that never seem to look as nice as they do in the photos when you attempt to cook them at home. From appetizers to desserts, accounts such as @Tasty and @DeliciousTbh will tease your palate. However, there is a downside to these popular internet accounts.
These accounts, abundant with food pictures and recipe videos, are similar to pictures of favorite celebrities. You crave them and love looking at them. Though you want the delicious food, the reality is that you simply cannot and will not be able to create what is pictured. Your best hope is likely to create a mediocre, if that, dish. Looking at pictures leaves you satisfied for the moment, but ultimately you are left longing for something unattainable.
Your desire for these delicious-looking dishes is further intensified by recipe names such as “Garlic Truffle Parmesan French Fries.” Who can even fathom “truffle” and “fries” in the same recipe? Even the accompanying photos with garnish perfectly positioned are almost always too complicated for its viewer to mimic. This often leads to some pretty hilarious photos of what the real life creation looks like versus what it is supposed to look like (at least according to the accompanying picture).
But possibly the worst aspect of food and recipe accounts are the vulnerable situations they can place you in. Imagine this: You are sitting in class. You are done with your work, so you are on Twitter, waiting anxiously for lunch. And as you scroll, you pass by copious subtweets, “relatable” posts, birthday tweets and celebrity ads. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you see it: a retweet of 15 pictures of amazing-looking dishes, from Oreo donuts to triple cheeseburgers to the cheesiest pizza you have ever set your eyes upon. Your stomach begins to grumble loudly, so loud, in fact, that your classmates begin to stare. You then come to the horrifying realization that lunch isn’t for another 20 minutes! Then, when it is finally time for lunch, you will most certainly not be enjoying that Oreo donut you saw but instead a soggy “PB&J” sandwich. It’s heartbreaking. Truly.
Yet “foodie” accounts can be a great thing. Even if you are ordering out for dinner, scrolling through the images online can be of tremendous assistance. You scroll past the desserts and the pizzas and the nachos until you see a picture of a juicy cheesesteak. As your mouth begins to water, you know you’ll be ordering from your local sandwich shop to get a morsel of the cheesy, grilled goodness.
So be wary of food sites. While they may be a source of culinary inspiration, they may also lead to kitchen nightmares. Tread lightly, my friends.