Playing with Food

"Playing with food is the main reason that dining in restaurants has become so popular." says author P. J. O'Rourke in his blatantly titled article: "Playing with Food." He explains: "The secret to successful sport with foodstuffs is correct attitude. Playing with food has to be fast, loud, and enthusiastic. You must make your high spirits contagious before anyone has time for second thoughts. Second thoughts always consist of calling the police."

Though I am not an advocate of disruptive play, I admire O'Rourke's contribution to the food play repertoire, and would like to take this opportunity to point you to my personally small collection (three) of more playful, and perhaps even more socially acceptable food games, and this dialogue about what can only be called "M&M Games.

Finally, taking a more scientific perspective on food play, we come across this virtual treasure of food fun from Carnegie Mellon University. The title on the page. "Rapid Design through Virtual and Physical Prototyping," may make you wonder about it's place in the food/fun chain. And yet, on closer introspection, how can one possibly deny the prototypically delicious relevance of, for example, the chemical reactions engendered by the making of Irving Prager's Chocolate Dump Cake?

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