Food artfully portrayed in a manner reminiscent of the way one would show porn and/or
Food given exceptional focus in any manner which causes the audience to drool over it and lust for it as if it were porn.
The second has probably existed forever, but the first is a trope primarily popularized by the modern Cooking Show, advertising, and other visual media where the food is the main focus. In visual media, the presentation goes beyond edutainment or straightforward depictions of the food and tantalizes the viewer with careful close-up shots of artfully arranged dishes or the pristine appearance of their raw ingredients, choreographed action shots of its preparation and accompanying moans of pleasure produced by the people eating them. In written media, the same can be accomplished by writing at great length about the food in a similar manner.
The production of professional, high-octane food porn is an involved process. Thesearticles go into detail of the technique and principles. The camera operators borrow a lot of techniques from the conventions of actual porn: "pornographic gaze", extreme close-ups with shallow depth of field, careful cropping and lighting, soft focus, even shapes and arrangement vaguely resembling parts of anatomy. Erotic Eating isn't this trope, but may be employed in it. The fact that the perfect food presented to the camera will be unobtainable to most people only adds to the porn appeal. Like real porn, there are also thousands of amateur examples, as plugging the term into a Flickr search will quickly illustrate.
Alas, as in real porn, many of these orgasmic delights are photo shopped or faked. This is especially true in commercialsnote though by law they have to show the actual food being sold; the cereal may be real but the milk is white glue, the lettuce in the burger is protected by a hidden piece of cardboard..., but it is also necessary: under hot studio lights, frozen foods will melt, hot foods go cold, cereal gets soggy, veggies wilt. Cooking shows, cookbooks and food magazines, on the other hand, will generally show you the real deal, even though it has been gone over by a stylist to look as good as it can. If you've ever puzzled over the term "food stylist" in credits, that's what this person does.
While food porn may be decadent, exotic or sinful, food porn by itself isn't Not Safe for Work (Not Safe For Diets, on the other hand...), and doesn't involve sex. This is not to say it can't be combined or used in ways with actual sex appeal. Also no relation to aphrodisiacs.
Compare Impossibly Delicious Food, Supreme Chef, Erotic Eating (where the act of eating the food is a blatant Visual Innuendo), Delicious Distraction (In-Universe version), Nutritional Nightmare (where you take unhealthy foods and make them even more unhealthy). See also Costume Porn and Scenery Porn.
Contrast Alien Lunch.
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The entire premise of dining advertisement is to make the diners want to go out and order the food being sold. Equating food with sex by having attractive individuals eating the food is one thing, but most food ads will pornograph the food itself on top of that. To achieve this end, commercial advertisements will make sure that:
The food is viewed from angles which make its portions appear larger than they truly are.
Certain foods (like ice cream) that cannot keep long enough to take the perfect shot are often passed over in favor of longer-lasting substitutes.
Only the best takes make it in. A cook could burn 99 burgers and make 1 perfect one. Guess which one appears in the commercial?
Actors that consume food for commercials may appear to enjoy it on camera, but spit it out afterward. This is because they must do several takes. For the same reason that many actors do not drink unless they spit, or smoke unless they don't inhale, they can't eat too much fatty food lest it interfere with their acting abilities.
featuring lovingly videoed Food Porn accompanied by Dervla Kirwan's seductive voice proclaiming "This is not just (food), this is (list of superlatives and special techniques, food)." A very common target for parody (arguably showing it's a successful campaign and has permeated the public consciousness). For example, when Kirwan guest-starred in Doctor Who, "These are not just Cybermen..."
This is a fine and shining example of radio Food Porn.
An 'I can't believe it's not Butter' commercial has the narrator describe the product in the same tone one would use to describe a beautiful naked woman.
There's a Swensen's ice cream ad in which the scooped-out ice cream forms the somewhat stylized image of a naked woman.
Carl's Jr. commercials are arguably an example of this Trope taken to its logical conclusion. They feature scantily-clad young ladies eating burgers. But the way the women are dressed and made up makes them look incredibly skanky, and the burgers are so large and dripping with...stuff that they barely look appetizing. It's a bit like watching bad porn: rather than be titillating, the commercials make you feel ashamed and nauseous.
A Payday candy bar, which consists of a nougat center covered with peanuts, is shown in a TV commercial "in all its naked glory" where, when the wrapper peels off, a stripe about 1/3 from the bottom section of peanuts is pixelated out as if it was showing genitalia. The thing is that the entire candy bar looks the same from end to end.
One Piece: Sanji's cooking, and other fancy dishes...
Ristorante Paradiso revolves around a restaurant in Rome. Naturally, lots of attention is put into both food and wine.
Victorian Romance Emma: The titular Emma is a maid at a rich household and cooking for her mistress is one of her tasks. Thus, we get to see (in close-up) her bake bread, make scones, serve tea, etc. as well as wealthy people attending fancy dinners where they are served numerous courses of a variety of foods.
Toriko: Do NOT read this manga on an empty stomach. The manga itself regularly spends at least a third of each chapter simply having people eat. The genius of the artist is that somehow it manages to make you salivate — even when the food is in black-and-white!
What is possibly even worse is that, unlike with most other examples of Food Porn, the food described in Toriko doesn't exist, but the flavors the food is based on do. So during the description of say a meat that is a perfect combination of the best pork you have ever eaten and the best crab in the world, you salivate and imagine eating, only to be brought back to the cruel reality that this meat doesn't exist. Sheer mental torture.
Taken a bit more literally than most in Haruhi-chan, where Haruhi starts off intending to have Mikuru strip down so a life-sized Chocolate!Mikuru can be made. Played more straight with the chocolates they do make.
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi shows Chikage having a food porn moment by apparently getting a sugar high just from looking at food. She isn't normally allowed to have sweets...
Besides its extravagant animation, abundance of Costume Porn and attention to detail, Gankutsuou also takes great care to make you feel hungry every time the characters sit down to have a meal.
Sailor Moon has a lot of this. Especially evident whenever Usagi got to eat something.
D.Gray-Man: Whenever Allen eats something or thinks about food we get to see a lot of it in all its delicious detail.
Fushigi Yuugi had this in its first episode when Miaka thought about the food she wanted to eat. And in a few episodes beyond.
Black Butler is this in spades just about every episode/chapter. From the type of tea Sebastian is serving, to the meal being prepared that day, everything is described and portrayed in such away that you can't help but start to salivate at the very sight of it.
It is impossible to watch an episode of K-On! without drooling over Tsumugi's cakes.
Most of the dishes in Tamayura are presented nicely, but extra points go to the sweets prepared by Fuu's grandmother.
Surprisingly, given the nature of the show this comes up more than a few times in Monster.
Kinou Nani Tabeta?, appropriately translated into "What Did You Eat Yesterday?", is based off of this. It can go for pages just listing food ingredients, how you make the food, and just showing off food. At times it can be hard to remember it's a Slice of LifeBoys Love series.
Shirokuma Cafe likes showing off their food, especially the desserts. One instance then subverts this when parfait samples in the images of Polar Bear, Panda, and Penguin are quickly demolished by two enthusiastic patrons, causing Polar Bear to change his mind about serving the desserts as a special item on his menu.
Anpanman has multiple food-based characters (ranging from prepared meals to single ingredient items, the titular hero himself is one of the best foods in the universe of the show), so this is natural. The finished dishes always end up looking perfect when prepared by the right person, and a lot of times, the food is the most detailed-looking items in the show.
The "Let's Go Eat Italian Food" episode of Jojos Bizarre Adventure is a subversion. The dishes are presented in a quite appetite-whetting manner, but the depiction of the effects of eating them kills that appetite pretty fast.
Otoyomegatari is filled with Scenery Porn and this trope. From food in daily meals to food-stands in markets and feasts in wedding, you will hungry when you read those chapters. At one point, there is verbal Food Porn:
Amir's brother: I want some mutton. Slices fresh off the grill, piled high on a plate. The really juicy kind! Some fried rice might work, too...pour soup all over it and shovel it in! Oh, that stuff's good!
Shokugeki No Soma (pictured above) is probably the first literal example of Food Porn as people that eat the food have orgasms (or something resembling them). The fact that the food itself plays this trope straight certainly helps.
It's so prevalent for this reaction to come from good cooking that many readers have begun referring to such moments as "foodgasms".
Souma's squid experiments taste so bad, the female characters have the reaction being robed by tentacles.
His father, Jouichirou, does similar experiments. Few of them were with eels or crocodile meat. Guess how did his female victims react?
The "porn" part isn't always frequently seen, as their many other kind of imaginable reactions to dishes, just as being in the middle of a sumo fight, some people getting flashbacks, others being visited by friendly Yokais (at this point this reaction was even combined with a flashback reaction), some others temporarily getting their youth back, someone getting a new personality for a moment or some other people being beaten up by the dish/chef, etc. However, the "orgasms" or "naughty" reactions are still very common in the series.
A judge has compared two dishes of two chefs like they're weapons. One has the strength of a halbeard, the other has the strength of Power Fists. And then he gets an image in his mind where the two chefs in question are fighting each other with these weapons as they're in a battle manga. You can call it either "Foodgasm Comparison" or "Foodgasm Combat".
From Spice and Wolf, Holo loves food of all kinds, and her wolf nature means that Lawrence often has to describe new human foods to her. No one will blame you if you drool over the description of honey-pickled peaches with figs and almonds.
In Space Dandy, the second episode is dedicated to the crew looking for the perfect ramen. While there is some Alien Lunch present, the characters eat it all without complaint, and it's hard to finish the episode and not want to fix yourself a giant bowl of the stuff.
The food is Seirei no Moribito is so deliciously drawn that you want to reach into the screen and pull it out. The feast Balsa is served in Episode 1 is a standout example. In Japan, the novel series even includes a cookbook.
Don't watch any slice-of-life series on an empty stomach.
A Bloom County strip features Portnoy watching a late night commercial for "Boo-Boo Burgers". The viewpoint is from the side, so you can't see the screen, but the soundtrack of "someone eating a Boo-Boo Burger" could have been lifted verbatim from one of the more... climactic... scenes of just about any convenient porno. The strip ends with Portnoy grumpily paying for a Boo-Boo Burger, while commenting on his hatred for them.
One FoxTrot Sunday strip had nothing but detailed panels of Peter making coffee, bacon and eggs, peanut buttered toast, and orange juice. In the last panel, Peter is smelling his breakfast, and Roger, with a glass of brown liquid nearby him, comments "I'm telling you, Andy, NOBODY starts a diet on a Sunday!", to which Andy responds "Roger, pipe down and drink your breakfast.".
The main character's girlfriend is a food critic with the ability to describe food so accurately and vividly that people actually taste the food. She writes Food Porn Literature.
This series routinely subverts this trope. The main character is an FDA agent that can tell the history of a thing by eating it. As a result, he ends up eating some very nasty stuff through the course of the comic.
While Anthony Bourdain's Get Jiro is first and foremost a satire on trendy cuisine, it is also a love letter to good cooking.
The Touhou doujin series titled Koishi the Loving Gourmet, in which the eponymous character (who is Invisible to Adults, btw) is sharing the meal with other Gensokyo residents. And by 'sharing', we mean that she's dining without paying— if they don't know you're there, they can't charge you any.
Jon had broken his fast on only a small sliver of garlic sausage and a raw onion. And a fresh bun, filled with raisins, pine nuts, and apple. With butter. And half a duck. And a bowl of lamb stew, simmered in ale and wild herbs.
Cori Falls is shameless about this trope to the point where later in her fanficcing career half the story is just talking about what the characters ate. The lady could have had a promising career in writing restaurant brochures.
Small Problems has this in the last chapter whenever the author is describing pancakes.
Films — Animation
Disney's Beauty and the Beast features Food Porn during the "Be Our Guest" musical number when the servants treat Belle to dinner.
The Pixar animators that worked on Ratatouille made careful studies of food and chefs to get the look right and it shows, complete with carefully crafted closeups. The sensual enjoyment of food is one of the themes that drives its main character, Remy. Most of the other entries on this list are about the pleasure of eating. Ratatouille emphasizes the artistry involved in cooking the food.
The Princess and the Frog contains way more of this than you'd expect, even considering that the female lead wants to open her own restaurant.
Coraline features this during the scenes where Coraline ate dinner with the Other Mother. Never wanted to have a chandelier that double as a milkshake dispenser so badly. Also, who could forget:
Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle. The White Castle commercial that sends Harold and Kumar on their quest. It even includes sleazy-sounding porn music. There's also the Burger Shack drive-thru guy's description of White Castle burgers.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Brief in-universe example: Barbossa can't taste, so he just watches Elizabeth eat with a very...interesting expression on his face.
Tom Jones. Notoriously and literally. Tom and his lady friend have an orgiastic meal over a banquet.
Tampopo: It blurs the line between Food Porn and Fetish Fuel in the romantic scenes featuring a good deal of Erotic Eating, the rest of the movie is focused on the protagonist producing the perfect ramen, with visuals to match.
Django Unchained features the tastiest-looking beer you'll ever see. The cake's not too bad either. And the iced tea looks really refreshing.
Julie And Julia. Particularly the way they present the filet of sole in the scene with Julia Child and her husband at the Parisian restaurant soon after transferring over from China, the scenes dealing with the boeuf bourgignon, and even the scenes with pre-Julia era Julie Powell making a bruschetta with a tomato salad topping that looks mouthwateringly delectable.
Waitress: The shots of not just the gorgeous pies, but how lovingly they were made.
Eat Drink Man Woman: The protagonist of this movie, Tao Chu, is a professional Chinese chef who cooks a scrumptious dinner for his three unmarried daughters once a week. The movie starts by showing him cooking one of those with gorgeous cinematography, and other similar scenes of food preparation and serving appear throughout the movie. The entire film could be considered one big Festival of Food Porn for Chinese cuisine.
Marie Antoinette (the 2006 movie) contains several displays of mouth-watering desserts.
Soul Food, with multiple displays of yummy... soul food (with a theme being how important those meals are to the family). Collard greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, etc. You will walk out of that movie hungry.
The Princess Diaries (2001) film had this during scenes where Mia is training to be a princess by learning how to eat properly, as well as the State Dinner scene where we get close-ups on each food item.
Babettes Feast lovingly displays the entire process of preparing the meal. Like Tampopo, this is a movie that will make viewers suddenly realize they want to eat.
The 1980 movie Fatso. Let there be cake!
Idiocracy parodies it with a video of a girl cutting a piece of steak with her feet on the porn channel.
Chocolat: A movie about a woman trying to change the world through a chocolate shop wouldn't be complete without beauty shots of it to match.
Sometimes shows up in Harry Potter, like during the feasts at Hogwarts or that pudding that Dobby ruins in the second movie.
The nacho-eating scene from Death Proof. If that didn't give you a major hankering for nachos, you're lying.
The recent arthouse documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi has been described as about 80 minutes of this trope. Many reviews suggest that if you don't eat before seeing the film, make sure you have dinner reservations immediately after, because you will be drooling by the time it's over.
Matuschek: Rudy, do you like chicken noodle soup? Rudy: I certainly do, Mr. Matuschek. Matuschek: And what would you think of roast goose stuffed with baked apples, and fresh boiled potatoes in butter, and some red cabbage on the side, huh? Rudy: I'd love it! Matuschek: And then some cucumber salad with sour cream... Rudy: Oh, Mr. Matuschek!
The Matrix has Cypher comment on the taste and juiciness of a piece of steak that he is about to eat, although he knows it isn't real.
Not to mention the orgasm inducing cakes the Merovingian serves.
The Cat Who... Series is rife with tantalizing food descriptions as Qwill samples the goods of gourmands, restaurants, and charming home-cooks.
In the Harry Potter books each school year opens with a huge welcoming feast. Christmas dinners also get this treatment, as you'd expect. One of the "rules" of the Harry Potter series is that in any scene set during a meal in the Great Hall, it will always been mentioned what food is being served, even if it's only in a throwaway line. Apparently, a book Rowling read as a child (The Little White Horse, specifically) did this and she liked it.
Redwall. Let it suffice to say that there is at least one grand (vegetarian) feast every book and woodlanders really love their food, enough to inspire some people to have tried to convert them to real life recipes and there's an official Redwall Cookbook.
The Reynard Cycle: One scene in Defender of the Crown plays this trope very straight, featuring a page long description of a royal banquet.
The Famous Five books famously described all the kids meals to meticulous detail. "And lashings and lashings of Ginger Beer!"
Enid Blyton books are bound to feature this. It's a wonder the girls in her boarding school series can even move after one term. The series have usually forbidden midnight feasts.
The Temeraire series, especially past the second book. Laurence actually hires a Chinese cook to feed Temeraire, who has taken a liking to having his cows more prepared than 'freshly slaughtered and raw' and the cook's delicacies are often described in fine detail.
Poppy Z. Brite's series of novels starting with Liquor, which makes sense since the books are about two chefs who start their own restaurant.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series describes, in-depth, nearly every meal and dish that ever came up in the narrative, especially in Farmer Boy. It's likely that the reason is a combination of the author's eye for detail and the sad fact that her family often went hungry or ate the same food every meal for months at a time when she was a child, resulting in her considering a decent meal to be a sensual and special experience.
The reason it's "especially" in Farmer Boy? Almanzo's family was much more well-off than Laura's. Laura's family had one or two cows at a time. Almanzo's had six or more— it's mentioned that Almanzo only milks the old, gentle ones. So the quantity and variety of food affordable to young Almanzo is something that Laura probably never experienced, and that made it special.
This trope appears in, of all places, Homer's The Iliad. A lurid description of a feast, featuring a "double fold" of meat, is repeated at least twice. The Feast Scene is a staple in ancient Greek epics, almost as important as the Great Battle Scene.
All of the Vlad Taltos books by Steven Brust contain loving description of food, wine, cooking, and Yendi both starts and ends with an extended "onions" metaphor. Read Dzur without getting hungry at least once. It's impossible. (To clarify, each chapter of the book begins with an overly long description of each course of a seventeen-course meal in the finest restaurant in the world, which the main character eats casually while waiting for every assassin in the city to learn he's back in town.)
The James Bond novels. Ian Fleming must have had a serious food fetish. He did start the series when Britain was still on rationing. Think on that, now imagine how powerful the food porn would have been
C. S. Lewis uses Food Porn as an analogy in his essay Mere Christianity to explain his theories about regular pornography — basically, that if an audience had the same reaction to a presentation of food as to pornography, one might assume they come from a country in the middle of a famine and are starving. However, the "starving" theory is immediately picked apart when Lewis points out that the next step would be to determine whether there was in fact a famine and that no one could accuse our society (and in The Fifties at that) of being undersexed. (See the Quotes wiki for the full quote):
You can get a large audience together for a striptease act (...) Now suppose you come to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered plate on to the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let every one see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon...
Lewis discusses Food Porn briefly in The Screwtape Letters, calling it "gluttony of delicacy," an overly sensuous concern with the taste and appearance of food that doesn't involve overeating.
Robert B. Parker's novels tend to feature this (he started his career as a professional food critic), especially the Spenser series, which often goes into elaborate detail about what the character is making and/or eating. This is less pervasive in the Sunny Randall novels (except when Spike, the Manly Gay restaurant owner is around), so it could just be the character.
Many, many cookbooks, especially those designed in the UK; the ultimate, though, has got to be The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller, the greatest classical chef in the United States.
Metafictive/literal example: Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions mentions a science-fiction novel that Kilgore Trout wrote about a planet where food was scarce, so the inhabitants' pornography is people eating food slowly and happily.
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe is a gourmet (among other things) and employed Fritz Brenner, an excellent chef. Every Nero Wolfe story contains at least one detailed description of a fine meal, and at least two (the novel Too Many Cooks and the short story Immune to Murder) revolve around food and cooking, and thus have huge portions of food porn.
Robert A. Heinlein's novels would sometimes have an interlude with extensive and loving discussion of the food the protagonists are eating.
The meals of the recently arrived colonists on Ganymede in Farmer in the Sky.
The breakfast Joan/Johann Smith ordered in I Will Fear No Evil.
Friday is laden with lovingly detailed descriptions of luscious — and cholesterol-laden — meals. (Any single meal Friday eats in the Tormeys' household gets more description than all three human Tormeys put together.)
The restaurant menu and the breakfast food description in the short story "Cliff and the Calories", collected in Expanded Universe.
The "Happy Hangover" breakfast description in ''The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".
The "Harvest Brunch" and "Holiday Eyeopener" breakfast descriptions in Chapter 1 of To Sail Beyond The Sunset.
Ella Enchanted has a lot of this. Especially pronounced seeing as how one of the characters (Mandy) is an excellent cook.
The Inheritance Cycle has descriptions of not one but two feasts in Eldest within the space of a few chapters.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Francie Nolan tries to write a novel about the luxurious life a wealthy heiress named Sherry Nola. She's working on a passage about Sherry ordering up bunch of "simple" desserts (including strawberry shortcake, French chocolates, and a dozen charlotte russe) when she has to stop because her mouth is watering. Her teacher had reprimanded her before about writing stories about being poor and hungry, but she realizes she's writing about poverty and hunger here as well, only in a roundabout way.
Christina Rossetti's poem Goblin Market spares no detail in describing the succulent fruits the goblins sell.
A few Discworld examples:
In The Wee Free Men, Tiffany is subjected to Food Porn as a traditional ploy of The Fair Folk, with the twist that she's more tempted by a vast and varied selection of cheeses than by sweets. She's a dairy worker, and was curious what they'd taste like.
Unseen Academicals goes into a lot of detail about the deliciousness of Glenda's pies. Given that she's a cook at the Unseen University, whose wizards are notoriously fond of their meals, it's not surprising that her food holds a high standard.
Glenda's grandmother, who was the cook at the Assassin's Guild was an equally exceptional cook. Vetinari practically salivates at the fond memory of that cooking. He is pleased Glenda has continued with that level of skill.
Thief of Time has a mouth-wateringly detailed description of a high-class chocolate shop. Susan and Unity go on to weaponise the chocolate against the Auditors who have a Weaksauce Weakness against it.
C.M.O.T. Dibbler's sausages-in-a-bun, however, are Food Gorn.
Pretty much anything written by Roald Dahl. Notice a pattern here? This trope is particularly associated with English literature (as in the country, not the language), especially children's literature.
Ishq And Mushq has a lot of food porn with the Indian food Sarna cooks, especially in the early chapters.
Sport by Louise Fitzhugh has a scene in which Sport's stepmother-to-be cooks dinner for him and her fiance. Sport all but drools over it.
Books by Helen Fern Daringer use this frequently, especially Adopted Jane. (Since the protagonist grew up in an orphanage, it's unsurprising that she especially appreciates the food she eats when she's not there, even though it's not a bad place, and she always has enough.) The scene with biscuits and butter and honey is very memorable.
Suzanne Collins has a field day with it in The Hunger Games. Justified both in that the Capital is flamboyant in everything (including meals), and it's narrated by a girl who spent most of her life with barely anything to eat.
Most series by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., such as The Saga Of Recluce, will often delve into details about the meals being served and the accompanying drinks.
The Affinity Bridge by George Mann spends a lot of time on the 1800s British food the main character eats.
The Hardy Boys series originally included extended, lavish descriptions of meals. Series creator Edward Stratemeyer reasoned that since teenage boys have huge appetites, they'd appreciate such detail. Later editions of the earlier volumes saw such passages removed, in accordance with the growing preference of young readers for dialogue and action over description.
In the Rainbow Magic series, cakes and other food items are lavishly described and illustrated.
Neuromancer got its parody: "Gastromancer". The name already says it all.
The Year Of The Rat: food is quite an important topic. Many meals are colorfully described. Some, though, may not seem so much of Food Porn outside the book's fantasy world: for example, a boiled crow with carrots...
Horatio Hornblower usually doesn't get better than preserved brine meat, hard biscuit with weevils, and "coffee" that's just burnt bread in hot water. So when he does get actual good food, it's described in great detail. Pellew's dinner in Hornblower and the Hotspur uses several pages to describe the steak-and-kidney pie, ragout, wine and cheeses, and fresh vegetables, with some rather amusing Purple Prose about how angels in Heaven might call on Pellew's chef to prepare their mashed potatoes and other such asides.
Live Action TV
Pretty much every show on the Food Network. The fact that some of the newer crop of hosts are also pleasing to look at doesn't hurt either. Ad slogans have included "Watch how food can arouse you," "This is... orgasmic," and so on.
Parodied in a fake Saturday Night Live bumper for the Food Network. The slogan: "Porn for fat people."
Good Eats is one of the few modern shows to avert this trope — while the show does have staff who make sure the food looks good for the camera, Alton frequently makes a point of eschewing garnishes and overly fancy presentation and his camera work tends toward being quirky rather than pornographic.
ElGourmet.com channel and the cooking shows in Utilísima.
Giada DiLaurentiis takes this one step further. Not only does her show have close-ups of her preparing food, but the soundtrack would fit well in REAL pornography. Go on, listen to it; if you watched her show in the past, you will never watch it the same way again. It also doesn't hurt that she always cooks in low cut dresses. However, at least you'll be able to prepare many of the dishes Giada makes, both in their general simplicity and affordability.
Ina Garten springs for the most expensive ingredients ever but also manages to make a dinner into a "You have no choice but to run the dishwasher after this meal" affair. And everything is "fabulous" or so good "people will go crazy" for it.
No Reservations both exploits this and analyzes it, even dedicating two episodes to the phenomenon so far (see page quote). However, Bourdain had written an article on the subject as early as 2001, well before he became a TV host.
Iron Chef (Japan and America) is this trope personified. Though IC Japan tends to mix in equal parts Squick and Values Dissonance; you know, just like actual Japanese porn.
Subverted in Man v. Food. The food certainly looks delicious even if it isn't tarted up for the cameras, but the gigantic portions involved make dishes seem very imposing and even a little threatening. Not to mention how many times the host makes himself noticeably ill in the process of tackling a food challenge. There's even a term for it: the "meat sweats."
Nigella Lawson makes everything she does on her cooking shows sound flirty and slightly dirty, to the extent that comedy show Dead Ringers showed her filling out income tax forms, using the same kind of visuals and language as her shows, ending with her pen... erm, well, spraying ink everywhere. Trouble is, the line 'I'm going to stroke this box now' really wouldn't sound out of place on one of Nigella's shows.
A scene from The West Wing features White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry explaining to his secretary that something will have to wait until the morning, as he must leave now or he'll "miss his show". His secretary declares it to be "like soft porn", adding that "no one needs to massage oil into a leg of lamb for that long". Given the timing of the broadcast, it is very likely they were referring to Ms Lawson. The fact that it is entirely possible to make a porny-sounding audio-scene purely from the commentary she gives during one of her Christmas shows speaks volumes. One begins to wonder if her choice of words is intentionally done to have the most... effect.
For the Latin-American with Casa Club in their cable service, Kristina Wetter. Sure that her cooking in camera looks almost asceptic and chirurgical, but the results are absolutely mouth-watering. And let's not talk about her cooking books...
In Pushing Daisies the shots at the piehole of all the different pies baked by the Piemaker are absolutely mouthwatering. Add to that the candy from another local business, Bittersweets, and you've got mounds of beautiful and absolutely delectable food on camera.
Alluded to by Seinfeld: "I find pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted cured meats." More than alluded to in the rest of the episode: George begins involving food in his foreplay. His girlfriend of the moment, Tara, accepts things like strawberries, chocolate sauce, and honey, but balks when George tries to integrate a pastrami sandwich on rye with mustard. She breaks up after he not only keeps sneaking food into bed, but tries to watch TV during sex as well. Later in the episode, he realizes that he's conflated food and sex to the degree that food now makes him aroused. The subplot ends with the quote above, when he discovers that Elaine's friend Vivian has exactly the same kink: sex, pastrami, and TV, all at the same time.
Dexter has a weird example of what might be considered Food Gorn in its opening sequence... here.
Gordon Ramsey's cooking shows, where the cooking sequences are filmed in music video style closeups to the food, energetic and somewhat frantic quick cuts and all set to rather groovy music.
It has the beginning of "The Eleventh Hour", where the Doctor snacks at young Amy Pond's house after regenerating. First, she fried some really delicious-looking bacon, which the Doctor sadly rejected. Then she made what was probably the most beautiful-looking bowl of baked beans ever (though the sight of him spitting it out on the sink might put off some people). Then she gave him bread with some butter, which for some reason looks really mouth-watering. After rejecting it, the Doctor finally picks his snack of choice: fish fingers and custard. Oh, and he pours the custard to a big glass bowl. Mmm........
The food that started off the whole sequence, one of most most delicious-looking anddelicious-sounding apples ever, only to be promptly spat out, awwww...
In The End of Time, the Master's speeches about Christmas Dinner make either make you disgusted with it or really, really hungry.
In a literal example, the CSI: NY team once investigated a murder that traced back to an exclusive party dedicated to Erotic Eating, complete with obligatory chocolate-sauce-covered-model strawberry-dipping scene.
Nadia always samples each of her dishes as soon as they're done on Bitchin' Kitchen. Cue the satisfied moans and description of how all the flavors and textures fit together.
The Korean DramaPasta is set in an Italian restaurant and features lots and lots of pretty plates of food.
Gourmet (AKA Grand Chef), a Korean show.
Feast of the Gods. Heck, even Korean shows that aren't specifically about cooking have a fair amount of this.
Hannibal toes the line between Food Porn and Food Gorn, considering that some of it is probably made with human flesh. It says a lot that some of the meals are shot just as lovingly as some of the murders.
Taken to the extreme in the show itself, as you'll probably think the food looks pretty damn awesome before being disgusted at yourself. For example, in season 2 Hannibal preps a Veal Ossobuco after cutting the shanks from a human leg.
It's especially notable that, due to fan interest, the people behind food prep run a blog on the meals presented. While the dishes and recipes are implied/shown to made of human, the food porn shown isn't fake (or made from people).
Psych Shawn sure loves to show off his pineapples.
In his "Beyond the Pale" special, Comedian Jim Gaffigan describes the Food Network as porn when you're hungry. "'What are you watching?' 'Uh...uh, Food Network...' 'Why are your pants off?' 'I-I like food...a lot.'"
In his special "Hot and Fluffy" Gabriel Iglesias remembers phone sex with his former girlfriend, who shared his love of food. Instead of telling him what she was wearing she described what she was baking: "Chooooocolate....caaaake..."
Then there's Sonic Unleashed, which seems to have an unhealthy fixation on beautifully rendered foodstuffs amongst cartoony Sonic graphics. An example here◊ that it must be noted is in NO way altered. Then there are all the collectible foods in the game, each with its own graphic and description. And if you feed them to Chip, he'll even tell you how it tastes.
Masahiro Sakurai has a tendency to put photo-realistic food inhisgames.
Vanillaware games are particularly notorious for their very eye-catching food. It's recommended that you're not on an empty stomach when you see it.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has your standard healing items, but it also allows you to cook your own, and visit restaurants. In the latter two cases, you get to see the food being prepared by invisible hands, then consumed, while the character comments on it. The visual style of the game only helps.
Odin Sphere also features this to a lesser extent. But only in that the gorgeously crafted food sprites aren't right in your face in first-person view.
Dragon's Crown continues the tradition of gorgeous-looking food in its Cooking Minigame, wherein your adventurer gets to prepare dishes using the various ingredients they came across on their journey, some of which having come off of slain bosses. Best part, there's an incentive for doing this beyond the visuals: each dish gives your plucky adventurer stat-bonuses for their dungeon run.
Planescape: Torment has some food vendors and a barkeep where the Nameless One can buy several foods and drinks. You're then treated to a detailed first-person paragraph of him enjoying his meal. Feeling hungry yet?
Done in a rather bizarre way in Pokémon X and Y, where the waiters in the restaurants of Lumiose City (except the Sushi High Roller) give you some rather detailed descriptions of the outright weird entrees. For example, the third course at the two-star Restaurant Le Yeah is "Azure Bay Slowpoke Tail [with] Payapa Berry crudités glazed in extra virgin Oran oil". The chef claims that "it has been described as the gastronomical equivalent of a Gastly glaring at a Hex Maniac". The fouth is cheese made from an Arbok's Toxic venom, aged up to 180 years; the chef claims that "simply biting into this blue cheese will give off an odor so foul, your nose hairs will burn." (Sure... Sounds delicious.)
Ironically, Cafe Le Nah has the most sensible, simple food descriptions, which are in themselves very appetizing. Fresh ingredients, minimally-seasoned so their flavors are the highlights of each dish. Yum!
One of the benefits of Heroes of Might and Magic 4 being text heavy as it is. The very first mission of the haven campaign features one of these during the introduction of one of the playable characters.
Completely (and surprisingly) averted by the Iron Chef video game.
Many games by Gust, especially the Atelier and Ar tonelico games, feature a lot of delicious- (and often bizarre) looking foods, carefully and lovingly described.
The description of most of the dinners you eat at any of the inns in Quest for Glory I through IV may qualify. Subverted to the point of Nausea Fuel in V (and some of the meals in III), though it compensates with appetizing rations like fruit and gyros.
The Interactive Fiction game Savoir-Faire is full of this. The protagonist starts hallucinating about various delicious foods when hungry, and one major puzzle is finding all the ingredients for a meal. (You can even go for a vegetarian version if you prefer to.)
The Tales Series of games has food as healing items, each described in loving detail. If you have the materials and the recipes, you can whip up your own.
Many Castlevania games starting from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night include dozens of different food items to find on top of the standard Pot Roast, ranging from fresh fruit all the way up to modern dishes that shouldn't even exist in the depicted time period, each one with a well-drawn sprite and a brief description. The most exquisite food items provide large boosts of HP.
Once you get 100% completion in Pikmin 2, you unlock "Louie's notes", which describe in excruciating detail how to prepare every enemy in the game that's not poisonous. While most of the these are humorous, the ones that get into genuine detail make them sound absolutely delicious.
Neopets has this in spades, although some of the food items are really disgusting Nausea Fuel. Most of them are so lusciously described it may make you hungry, perhaps the most decadent of Food Porn can be found at The Crumpetmonger, but you can find examples in nearly any store that sells food. Here is the description of the caramel apple bundt cake which can be found at The Crumpetmonger. 'A golden vanilla cake topped with juicy red apples and caramel. Yum!'
Runescape has at least 62 different types of food, based on the wiki. These range from baked potatoes to cocktails to pies.
Guild Wars 2 The Chef crafting discipline, a world of depth unto its own. There are hundreds of dishes to happen upon, with many of them requiring logical component parts (Want cookies? Better make some dough first.)
The Nancy Drew series has a blog dedicated to its cooking minigames. An entire blog! That's the level of Food Porn we're dealing with here. (Special mention goes to the Icicle Creek game, in which Nancy is masquerading as a cook- the developers paid loving attention to mimicking the sound, the exact sound of Canadian bacon crackling on the stove, and the burn marks on well-cooked hamburger meat...)
Tomodachi Life gives you a large assortment of food items to feed to your Miis, each of which is accompanied by a photo of the food item and some (often-humorous) Flavor Text.
Far more love, gentleness, and caressing detail is given to the food in Fate/stay night than the sexscenes. Fate/hollow ataraxia actually has numerous scenes that do nothing but talk about food. Over and over. The sheer frequency is one of the criticisms leveled at it as the scenes in question all tend to be the same. It's not nicknamedUnlimited Food Porn for nothing.
The mapo tofu scene in Heavens Feel may be an intentional Food Porn equivalent of Fan Disservice.
Terezi, of Homestuck, has a condition that allows her to taste colours, and her narration goes into much detail over this. Karkat's blood, for example, is 'sweet, sweet candy red.'
In Heartcore, Royce's "muse" is food. The fancier and tastier the food, the better. Quite fitting for the demon whose sin is gluttony.
YouTube: the internet shows “Cooking Made Sexy by Tifa” and “Cooking With Cans. , , , 
Lampshaded in the Homestar Runner Strong Bad e-mail "bottom 10", where one of the list's entries was "Chocolate desserts with dangerous names", accompanied with pictures of chocolate things thrown together ridiculously; one such creation included unwrapped Hostess brownies.
Then, there's the FailBlog relative, EpiCute, which presents outlandish but mouth-watering desserts... And truly breathtaking, spectacular, or even adorable presentations for just about everything else. Including vegetables.
Just about every Phase story in the Whateley Universe. Phase is a rich kid with a phenomenal palate and maybe a decade of experience in fine dining all over the world. He grew up in a mansion that had two master chefs, plus sous-chefs. He is always wheedling fine cuisine out of the Whateley Academy chefs, and then giving loving reviews of everything about the food. Possibly the originator of the word "foodgasm".
Epic Meal Time, but can border on the Squick side sometimes because it is not the kind of soft, loving and tender porn; Epic Meal Time is the manly, bacon filled, made of meat food porn for you perverts out there and one of these men is a trained chef. Think about that for a while. Almost as if completely Lampshading themselves, videos for the past few months have much more frequently featured a bevy of attractive ladies eating in a much more sensual fashion alongside the super-carnivores... Well as sensual as you can be when eating a bacon big mac wrapped in bacon stuffed inside a pizza and covered in more bacon, then deep fried.
The Food Adventure Program For Awesome People FAPFAP episodes of Eat Your Kimchi explore the cuisine of South Korea. These often include a short segment of artfully shot close-ups of the food being manipulated with chopsticks or broken open to the same jazzy-ish tune.
In Welcome To Sanditon, Thursday episodes are fillers and they consist either of cut fan-submitted videos or Clara's recipes. Clara is an owner of local ice-cream shop Sanditon Scoops. Her recipe is usually something very sweet, topped with her delicious ice-cream. For instance, she showed her viewers how to make chocolate brownies sandwiches with nuts and fudge and ice-cream filling.
Another food porn accomplishment for Disney came about during a Disney Channel special called "The Plausible Impossible". In it, Walt Disney himself describes in mouthwatering detail the food on a table (as it is being enticingly animated) to Donald Duck in order to draw him into into demonstrating for the audience. See 18:10 for the...tastiness.
The Silly Symphony short The Wise Little Hen has this towards the end. With the titular hen's cooking from her corn harvest looking quite appetizing too bad Pete Pig and Donald Duck (in his first ever appearance) refused to help the hen by faking a stomachache or else they would've gotten some instead of Castor oil.
Avatar: The Last Airbender has some delicious-looking food, particularly in the Fire Nation (check out the shots of the buffet table in "The Beach"). In the DVD Commentary for "The Blind Bandit", Mike and Bryan even mentions how the food drawn by a certain background artist always made them hungry. Some things, though, like the stewed sea prunes and Sokka's smoked sea slug, are very Squick.
Wakfu sometimes delves into this, with for example Yugo's blanquette or the feast at the end of the Gobbowl arc. And then there's the whole of episode 8 and its bakery contest; even its Monster of the Week can make you salivate.
Parodied in the South Park episode "Creme Fraiche", where Randy Marsh gets obsessed with cooking and literally gets turned on by it thanks to The Food Network. Going as far as to masturbate to it and have a phone chat with them.
"Oh yeah...glaze the fuck out of that chicken..."
Time Squad: When combined with Freud Was Right, this trope was taken to an almost literal meaning, as most of the food shown was either phallic (French bread, sausages, carrots, Cheez Whiz from the can [which Tuddrussel shakes up and squirts into his mouth on "Day of the Larrys"], and the always-popular banana [which Larry used twice to trip Tuddrussel as seen in "The Clownfather" and "Hate and Let Hate"]), vagina- or womb-like (pies [none of which was cherry], a turkey which Larry pumped full of gravy on "Ex Marks the Spot" [even the gravy stains all over the walls, Larry, and Tuddrussel's hands looked...off], souffles [Tuddrussel ate one on "Sandwich By Any Other Name" and said, "My tongue feels like it's wrapped in a lace doily and headed off to the ballet!"], an ice-cream taco on "Forget the Alamo" [probably one of the few things that had a cherry on it], and an actual cherry on "Ex Marks the Spot," which was put on top of a gravy-smothered turkey, then sank inside of it), testicular-looking (grapes, olives, and nuts), or resembled ejaculate (the aforementioned Cheez Whiz from "Day of the Larrys" and the aforementioned gravy from "Ex Marks the Spot.") In fact, the beginning of "Ex Marks the Spot" in particular is an extended metaphor for sex, all done with the use of food.
The Looney Tunes Show: Elmer Fudd extols the praises of the grilled cheese sandwich...like Barry White with a speech impediment.
The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "MMMystery on the Friendship Express" has the cake Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness ("MMMM" for short). Not only does it look tasty, but it is constantly described in a manner that motivated Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Rarity to each take a bite whilst no-one was watching. The same goes for the rest of the other bakers' desserts which were eaten by the bakers themselves.
When Homer became a rude food critic, a bunch of local Springfield chefs hire an assassin to kill him. The assassin decides to kill him with a poisoned eclair. The description and picture of the eclair he provides is so tempting that the chefs start drooling and try to grab the picture.
In one episode, Homer is seen watching a cooking show and the female speaker in the show is talking as if she were a phone sex operator.
Then there's the time Homer's Vegas wife shows up at his house, so Marge exiles him to the treehouse. The Vegas wife comes up there and starts making him a giant sandwich, to which he reacts exactly like it's a striptease. The gag is topped off by Marge hearing his exclamations... and knowing exactly what's really going on.
The Season 23 episode "The Food Wife" is full of this.
One episode of Adventure Time depicts Jake cooking some beautiful, realistic-looking Korean food to share with Finn, who doesn't want to eat it because he thinks it smells weird. What a philistine.
The episode "Time Sandwich" shows Jake creating an ultimate sandwich which looks really great (though adding the soul of a lobster is a bit extravagant).
The Tex Avery cartoon "What's Buzzin', Buzzard?" addresses its WWII-era audience enduring meat rationing with two hungry vultures, one of whom rhapsodizes about how he'd love a steak, going into descriptive detail while the screen shows a beauty shot of a steak - then a title card reading "5 Minute Intermission for Drooling"(which lasts about two seconds). Then, at the end of the cartoon an announcer breaks in with "Ladies and gentlemen, due to overwhelming popular demand, we're going to show the steak again!" and back to the beauty shot.
For that matter, Japanese cuisine in general. Traditional Japanese high cuisine places a much higher emphasis on plating skill than European cuisine does. And considering how particular the latter can be... Related to the note in television, note the presentation scores for Japanese chefs compared to European ones on Iron Chef. In IC America, Morimoto consistently has the best presentation scores of any chef that appears.
Any high-end restaurant is most likely going to spend time making sure their food is as visually pleasing as it is delicious.