Friday, October 28, 2011

Comestibles as art

Under the rubric "Best Before," British photographer James Kendall memorialized these artifacts found in the pantry of his 90-year-old mother-in-law when she relocated to a nursing home. Needless to say, Kendall reports that dining chez belle mère was always a dicey proposition!




I had a vague idea from reading British kids' lit, but looked up definition of treacle:  "any uncrystallized syrup produced in refining sugar," mostly used in cooking (and consumed as treacle tarts in the Harry Potter books).

5 comments:

  1. Oh wow very cool! Those biscuits aren't looking so good, but to last for 90 years? Talk about preservatives!

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  2. Don't look in my pantry unless you need an early incarnation of Chef Boy-ar-dee. Having no imagination, I simply toss out the food art rather than have some younger relative post it on YouTube.

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  3. By the way, those aren't biscuits, but smoked cod fish livers, if my French may be trusted. Better just to look at them, not eat them.

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  4. Years out of date is one thing, but decades is another! I guess we just recently began inserting "sell by" dates on labels.

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  5. I love seeing vintage labels on products and discovering just what they are. I wouldn't have thought to look in a nursing home for cool stuff like this.

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