Retro Cookbooks of Despair

James Lileks has been cataloging sad, unhappy and, at times, upsetting photographs of food from old cookbooks in his Gallery of Regrettable Food for a while, but it wasn't until recently that I saw his copy of Home Freezing of Fruits and Vegetables in which every handpainted page is an endless vista of pain, suffering and existential angst. Flip through it, if you dare, and feel your soul crumble and its carbonized ashes birth a small, mewling thing made of pain.

Things take a decidedly upbeat turn for his journey through Cooking and Preserving Vegetables which has inspired me to achieve an alternate plating of the Cauliflower & Waffles:

Ahhh...cauliflower and pancakes!

And I'm even getting ideas for a new dessert:

Everybody say "Treats!"