Back on Chowhound, I long desired to start a thread on this topic; and, fancying myself as being a bit of a rabble-rouser, I decided I’d title it, “Does Chowhound Make You Fat?” (I’m still a little sad I didn’t.)
Thread titles notwithstanding, do you find reading about food makes you hungry? I’ve learned that I can’t read Hungry Onion, or FTC, or Lucky Peach, or even Serious Eats, unless I have something edible close at hand. (Preferably something healthy, because it’s pretty much non-aware eating.)
It doesn’t matter the specific topic; so long as it involves food - preparation, menu, presentation, whatever - chances are fairly good it’s going to get my salivary glands working overtime and my stomach soon rumbling. I find myself wandering to the kitchen and grabbing whatever I think will quickly sate that gnawing Pavlovian response. (Hence the need to make sure I have healthy options, else I’m going for the junk food!)
Interestingly, I find myself more drawn to written descriptions of the food than I am the photos, though I can appreciate photos for their artistic quality and how they portray the dish.