It’s no secret that pregnancy wreaks havoc with your body. Tastebuds included.
Juarez Rodrigues and Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus have catalogued, created, dished up, and – unbelievably – sampled hundreds of pregnant women’s purported cuisine cravings. The result is the Eating For Two Cookbook… a transgressive food art project that’ll probably have your stomach turning. (Or your foetus smacking his lips).
The book’s title, Eating For Two, is not so much about the ridiculous amount of nosh preggers mamas can engorge, but rather, the ridiculous food (and non-food) preferences of mothers-to-be, which can only be the catastrophic consequence of two opposing tastes competing for gastric space: mum, and baby in-utero – whose inexperienced palate knows only the flavour of amniotic fluid. And urine.
For nine long months, authors Juarez and Vicky photographed the various antenatal menu choices of their salivating subjects in fine-dining style, and then taste-tested and rated each one.
Most of the culinary combos come straight out of Hell’s Kitchen (as in Hades, not the Bronx); other barely edible amalgams look deceptively decent – until you take a fatal bite. And some crazy concoctions are strangely…more-ish.
(Heston Blumenthal has nothing on this.)
For the most part, however, it’s completely understandable why the duo claim they are “still haunted” by the anti-gastronomic experience.
Check out a couple of the ‘recipes’ and their ratings – but please, don’t try them at home.
Unless you’re pregnant, of course.
Steak and Ice Cream
“There is a special place in hell for people who ruin good steaks like this. We’ll save you a seat.”
Olive Choc Cake
“The perfect birthday cake for your enemies.”
Popcorn on a bed of sauerkraut
“It’s not any worse than sauerkraut by itself.”
“Chocolate and mint go really well together. Even when they taste remarkably like Oreos with toothpaste.”
Bacon Mars Bar Burger
“It’s pretty crazy, but the good kind. Not the one that runs after teenagers in a mask with a chainsaw.”
Mashed Potato with Caramel Sauce
“Not quite as tasty as mashed potato without caramel sauce or caramel sauce without mashed potato, but still strangely more-ish.”
“The head tastes like garlicky egg and the rest tastes like nothing. All in all, the experience wasn’t terrible. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for our breath afterwards.”
Medley of Soap
“This dish can’t be graded on our star rating because if we gave it half a star, every other dish would be five stars. Do not try this.
“Surprisingly it tasted like nothing. Slightly gritty nothing. It gets five stars because we tried it directly after the soap and the relief that it wasn’t as horrifying as that was absolutely delicious.”