The New New

‘Food porn’ has more of an impact than you realize

Illustration: Kevin VQ Dam

The first food photo I ever posted on Instagram was taken on December 23, 2011. It’s a fuzzy, poorly-filtered photo of a raspberry jam cookie made by my co-worker during the holiday season. It was completely unassuming and unworthy of more than the two “likes” it received, but I’ll never forget its significance.

Unlike most food photos I’ve posted in the years since (now with slightly better lighting and focus), this one was of something I didn’t actually eat. I wanted to eat it, sure, but my eating disorder at the time would never have allowed it. …

Brittany Ross

Brittany is a New York-based writer and actor who has contributed pieces for Eater, New York Magazine’s The Cut, VICE’s Broadly, Time Out, Bustle, and more.

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