I love food.
My friends love food.
Sometimes, for no reason at all, we’ll post a photo of food and pass it around in some mass exercise of giddy fantasy. Food becomes a topic of conversation often, and not just because I’m hawking my cookbooks.
I may get the ball rolling by posting dinner plans, questions regarding ingredients for the next food column, or as a response to the Twitter feed with links to easy and awfully alluring recipes for weekend chefs and brown bagging.
My friends will be the catalyst sometimes as they too post their dinner and dessert creations or particularly good restaurant far. In fact, we’ve been known to even host Food Porn Thursdays were we compulsively post deliriously tantalizing photographs to see who faints first.
More than a few times, one friend has mentioned that I need to be put in touch with another of their friends and I’ll joke that we could form a food porn club.
It happened again yesterday. It started because I decided to write a new food column about chicken livers. I posted the question, “Chicken livers: love them, hate them, no freaking way?” The ensuing conversation included favorite dishes and a mention of folks that ought to be brought together just to discuss food.
It was time to take the bull by the horns and I created Food Porn Aficionado. I added people from my friends’ list and gave them the option to remain or go, as they wish, but knowing that most would love a place to focus their passion for food.
Are we foodies? Gourmets? Some probably would answer to that. Some are home cooks. Some are enthusiastic and adventurous eaters. Some use their oven as storage area and have not boiled an egg in their lives.
What I really love is that we have an international roster of members to start and the discussions promise to be not only interesting but I am sure we are all likely to learn new tricks and expand our horizons, making our palates the happy recipients of the gift that truly keeps on giving.
It is an open group and will remain so for as long as I can manage it. Everyone will be approved. The only rule is to be civil to your fellow members and to enjoy the ride.
Our maiden voyage included a recipe for a beet and feta salad, two beautiful desserts, and dinner menus from both sides of the pond. Members identified their favorite cuisines and this promises to help us all new and exciting items to our repertoire.
I love food porn. If you do too, come join us!