The 70s were a strange time.
Bell bottoms and roller skates. Disco. Tupperware parties. A strange fascination with gelatin.
Over the top 70s food is the focus of Anna Pallai’s 70’s Dinner Party, a pictorial history of the worst cuisine the decade had to offer. Hollandaise over ham and bananas anyone?
Pallai’s inspiration started in 2015 with the Twitter account @70s_Party. The setup is simple: a photo of a nightmarish dish from the 70’s accompanied by Pallai’s short but hilarious captions. The format’s success (she has over 35,000 followers) led to this book.
Flipping through all 170-pages offers a mind-boggling display of the decade’s crimes against food. From sardine-topped boiled egg appetizers to a seafood mousse shaped to resemble a cartoonishly smiling fish, the lengths to which 70s swingers used to go to throw a rocking dinner party is impressive.
After one too many photos of frankfurter crowns and spaghetti in aspic, you’ll be thankful for how far food has come along and maybe even a little wistful for a less complicated time.
Retro dinner party, anyone?