Ellis Brooks tells us about an accidental experiment with “dystopian food units.” What he means is food that comes in shapes, colors, and/or textures that we aren’t used to. A buddy gave him some ready-made meals from a delivery service that turned out to resemble astronaut food. A meal of salmon, sweet potato, and asparagus came in six squares in shrink-wrapped plastic. They are packaged that way for portability and ease of cooking, but also to control portions and ingredients. Brooks did not enjoy them.
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It was like eating a sad, square-shaped memory of what food once was.
This might remind you of a certain dystopian movie that imagined what eating would be like in the year 2022. Brooks stayed with the packaged food for 24 hours to give it a chance, but ended up eating salad and licking maple syrup off a plate. Read his adventures with real but super-processed square food at OneZero. -via Kottke
(Image: Ellis Brooks)