Pinterest can be quite addictive and the food porn there is alarming. I mentioned to my husband the other day that it's no wonder staying healthy can be so difficult - our interest in food seems to be focused on snacks and to die for desserts. It takes time to cull through to find the gems - but I did find a couple last week.
But overall, I think all the saturation of food images in our culture isn't necessarily a good thing. I know for me, I want to try all those yummy recipes. I want to be as an accomplished of a cook as those posting the recipes. But do I need to? Really? What validation will cooking all these scrumptious looking dishes give me and why do I want it?
Those thoughts are good thoughts and have cause me to drop most food blogs from my reader. I give myself 1 weekend a month to peruse new recipes on the Internet now. And I limit what I choose to try to recipes that 1) appeal to me, 2) are fairly healthy and 3) don't require an entire pantry of new seldom used ingredients. And subconsciously, I also seek out easy, fast recipes.
I don't want to shut myself out of the kitchen because I truly enjoy cooking. And I'll be reporting more on recipes I've tried. But I do think limiting my exposure to all the over the top food porn is key to my well-being.