HOWTO make delicious, beautiful unhealthy food out of gross, unhealthy fast-food


27 Responses to “HOWTO make delicious, beautiful unhealthy food out of gross, unhealthy fast-food”

  1. Hal says:

    this is vile – where’s our unicorn?

  2. ZincOrange says:

    If you want to put this food through a Gross Meter, call Sanjaya !

  3. busydoingnothing says:

    Man, so much hate. Am I the only one who thinks this is very clever? Fast food hacks…not too shabby.

  4. DWittSF says:

    #9 – uh, wrong. Go read some Marion Nestle and come back when you actually know wtf you’re talking about.

  5. TooGoodToCheck says:


    Yeah, it’s quite clever. Still, I can understand the visceral revulsion that’s probably driving some of the hate. Taking something that is quite bad to eat, and dressing it up nice feels sort of. . . deceitful? Almost malign?

    It hits the same nerve as if someone made a beautiful toy out of a landmine. This is obviously not as bad. But that feeling of something bad dressed up as something good does kind of grate on the subconscious.

  6. nanner says:

    @ #17 if it causes such a gut reaction maybe it supports my theory that this is art ;) Like #1′s idea of the poo sculpture lol Yes, it is making people talk about how VILE fast food is. How many of you feed fast food to your kids?

    you all HAVE to give props to the creativity involved here though, come on!!

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Yes, it is making people talk about how VILE fast food is.

      Beyond that, it points out that you really have no idea what you’re eating if you didn’t make it yourself. Plenty of expensive restaurants or home-cooking joints are serving nicely arranged slop that cam out of five-gallon cans in the kitchen.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey, you can’t do that !

    Modifying what you bought from taco bell violates the DMCA ! You are only allowed to consume it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    That’s cool!

    I had an idea once for a cooking show focused entirely on reheating items from the frozen food section. If the host is entertaining, it’s really the same as any other cooking show if you think about it, because nobody cooks that stuff anyway!

  9. Thalia says:

    Pretty? Sure. But delicious? Not unless they changed the gross filling for something edible. It’s beautiful, but disgusting. Kind of like a shit sculpture.

  10. Cory Doctorow says:

    @1 I think it’s likely that anything made of fat, sugar, starch and salt will be “delicious” at least inasmuch as it generates brain reward.

  11. Ian70 says:

    So what you’re really saying is that any well-presented food -could- be fast-food drech in disguise.
    No real surprise there.

  12. MrsBug says:

    @#24, MisterJuJu,
    me too! I thought, “Wow, my cat would love this”

  13. Daemon says:

    I wonder if they could manage to save the sweet & sour chicken I once got from a chinese mall food-court place.

    It was chicken mcnuggets lightly drizzled with a very poor mockery of sweet & sour sauce.

    Seriously, mcnuggets.

  14. edgore says:

    @8 – the great thing about unicorns is that they provide their own spit!

  15. Anonymous says:

    For that much trouble, you could make real food….

  16. Anonymous says:

    If you’re going to spend that much effort, why not get some non-nasty basic ingredients and cook something.

    Hell, *fresh* tortellini would just be eggs and flour subjected to the same process.

  17. SamSam says:

    This really, really churns my stomach. Shouldn’t have read it this early in the morning.

  18. GrossGrub says:

    Believe it or not, I cringed when my brother made his gross sandwiches and ate them – seemingly delighted. I’ve been in Thailand for almost 5 years now and eating insects – worms, scorpions, and other things on a regular basis. I’m loving it, I gotta tell you.

    Sustainable living is a hot topic these days. If you can get over the fact that you’re eating bugs and the filth that they live in… well then, you can sustain yourself during a lot of harsh situations – yes?

    I put some of the videos at youtube under “Gross Grub Series” you can find them searching there… not sure how boing is about links.

    I’m still sure I could NOT eat some of the mustard, chocolate, jelly, peanut butter, raw egg, mayonnaise sandwiches my brother adored… but bugs? not a problem!

  19. PaulR says:

    Look, I know this is all a po-mo, ironic, hip, whateverish… But LEARN TO COOK, PEOPLE!

    I think it’d be even less work to cook all that from scratch, even discounting the trip to the Taco Bell.

    And while you’re at it: learn how to do other stuff! Like how to to “change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.”

    (“Specialization is for insects” is one of my favourite quotes. Thanks RAH!)

  20. nanner says:

    i think this is fun, from an artist’s perspective. Yes, #1 like a sh*t sculpture.

    #6 yes, you can go home and cook a lovely meal. That is not the point, the site doesn’t say “see how good it can taste” it says “See how good it can look” Crafters often challenge themselves, this seems like a great challenge in imaginative food presentation with very creative results.

  21. misterjuju says:

    I skimmed past Fancy Fast Food and read Fancy Feast Food. mmmm, cat food tortellini

  22. reginald says:

    NO NO NO!!!!
    I would rather see a unicorn on a spit.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This is what’s served in the Taco Bells from Demolition Man.

  24. yasth says:

    I don’t know if this is really all the more unhealthy than restaurant food, and less vitamins. Maybe more additives, but on a calorie or fat basis… similar things are similar. Some of the things I am quite certain are less caloric than the fine dining alternative (the big mac option almost surely is, from lack of smothered dressing, and highly marbled steak).

    Food doesn’t care where you get it, 1500 calories will doom you just as well as if it is from burger king as it will from Le Rue Royale.

  25. nanner says:

    again, #9 i don’t think this is about eating. i just think the title of the post has it wrong.

    SHould read: HOWTO make beautiful gross, unhealthy food out of gross, unhealthy fast-food

  26. Snakefarmer says:

    A friend of mine always said: “Taco Bell – It’s cheaper than food!”

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