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Food Watch: Food is for eating, right?

I'm cursed blessed with a classic Jewish body. Well, that's not entirely true, as the German Protestant half of my family shows up in my height and blond hair. But my, ahem, lower half is 100% old country. So, I … Read More

By / November 9, 2007

I'm cursed blessed with a classic Jewish body.

Well, that's not entirely true, as the German Protestant half of my family shows up in my height and blond hair. But my, ahem, lower half is 100% old country. So, I understand every Jewish woman's fear of "wearing" everything she eats on her hips. What I don't understand is the emerging trend of literally wearing food. (Nor the equally bizarre inverse – eating clothing.)

Exhibit A: Bakewear According to The Daily Grub: "Pastry chef Zac Young of Butter has teamed up with designer Nicole Romano to showcase what they consider their masterpiece: "Bakewear," a tempting — and totally edible — dress…Young talked about how model Ashley Young would be sporting the frock — which is made of 600 cookies — 'She's gonna be outside in the freezing cold with her ta-tas getting all hard, breaking my cookies!'" Yes, you got that right. A pastry chef and a designer teamed up to make a dress out of…cookies. "6 pounds of chocolate, 8 pounds of butter, 600 cookies, and zero fabric," to be exact.

Exhibit B: Diamonds and Ice Cream The Jew & The Carrot asks: What do you get when you cross: A blend of 28 cocoas (including 14 of the most expensive and exotic around the globe), 5 grams of edible 23-karat gold, served in a goblet lined with edible gold, an 18-karat gold bracelet at the bottom of the goblet (with 1 karat of diamonds), and whipped cream covered in more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle, which sells for $2,600/pound?

The Frozzen (yes two zs) Haute Chocolate, a $25,000 desert from Serendipity 3 in New York City." Where does this new obsession to EAT jewelry and WEAR food come from? Yes, we area nation obsessed with over-top-excess. And yes, we have a collective bad habit of wastefulness. (Perhaps these are the only explanations necessary.) But have we truly reached a point when ice cream sundaes need to be dressed up by edible gold and diamonds, and when designers have deemed fabric passe? The thought leaves me a little sick to my stomach.

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