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Friday, October 26, 2012

Reader submitted food porn

Fresh venison leg (with fur)

We had so much fun looking at reader submitted food porn from our open call to CL reader's for this year's food issue.

We received more than 100 photo submissions, and among them were some really beautiful pics of food — and some really gross ones, too. There were pics of doughnuts with bacon bits, Absinthe ice cream, dogs who love pumpkin cheesecake, Ethiopian chow, chimichurri, green vegan brownies, and a fresh venison leg (with fur).

Throughout the process, I learned some important things about foodies, like how obsessive they are (how shocking). Few hesitated to send attachment after attachment with captions describing obscure ingredients, and using bizarre adjectives no one's ever heard of. But, to their credit, foodies are enthusiastic describers when it comes to food. I read many sentences like this one: "The simple act of chewing melt into sensory euphoria the way it does with these handmade strands of felicity."

I learned that foodies aren't afraid of a little oversharing ... at all. I read about divorced family members, life problems, and the politics of hunting (yes Atlanta does have hunters!). Unfortunately, I also learned that foodies don't understand copyright laws (you cannot take a photo off of somebody else's blog and send it to a publication for use without their permission). But, the most important thing I learned was that foodies (at least some of them) can take a pretty good picture.

Check out all the reader submitted food photos in our Reader Submitted Food Porn Gallery.

WARNING: Do not look at this gallery if you are hungry and have nothing edible at your immediate disposal.

But do check out the rest of our awesome 2012 Food Issue which explores many of Atlanta's food fetishes.

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