The 5 Least Appetizing Pictures from (that might actually be good)

I love browsing recipes at  It’s free, which I love, and it gives me ideas for recipes of my own.  The cool thing about this site is that the public submits recipes and anyone who makes the recipe can submit a photo.

The bad thing is that anyone can submit a photo.  I don’t pretend to be an expert food stylist/photographer but I at least attempt to make things look good (hopefully I am somewhat successful).  Maybe when I get an actual camera I can improve even more. But some of the photos on are really doing a disservice to an otherwise tasty sounding recipe (most of these recipes had 4+ stars).

Here are 5 pictures that I found while playing around with my AllRecipes iPad app.  What ridiculous user-submitted recipe photos have you seen on the site?

1. Antipasto Skewers

First of all, if you need a recipe for antipasto just stop right there and bring some wine to the party instead.  Everyone appreciates a bottle of wine. What tickles me about this picture is the presentation.  The food itself looks fine–I mean it’s just tomatoes, cured meat and marinated mushrooms–but whose idea was it to stick all the skewers into a red cabbage? It’s like some crazy Italian appetizer porcupine from the 70s has invaded the dinner party.

Ina would not approve.

Ina would not approve.

2. Garam Masala Salmon

I looked at the title of this and thought “wait.. there’s salmon under that?” Between the unappetizing appearance of the sauce and the mystery green thing in the corner (which I am hoping is not the salmon), this isn’t a recipe I’d be jumping to try after seeing that picture.


I’m sure it’s a lovely sauce

3. Beer Cooked Chicken

Things cooked in beer are great.  I add it to chili, wings, potato soup… whatever it sounds good in. This chicken, however, looks more like chicken cooked by a beer guzzling chef than chicken cooked in beer.


Just shake some Kraft parmesan on there and we’re done.

4. Chicken Kokkinisto with Orzo

This recipe sounds delicious.  It’s a braised chicken with tomatoes, garlic and olive oil.  Then the orzo is cooked in the braising liquid.  The picture leaves me scratching my head–why are there multiple utensils? Why is the rice all over the plate rim? Is that piece of chicken on the right about to fall off?


Serving chaos–I guess they were fresh out of normal spoons?

5. London Broil for the Crock Pot

The recipe writer says she “just threw this together” one night.  It’s London broil slow cooked in the usual cream of mushroom soup mixture. The picture speaks for itself.

Oh yeah.  Dig right in.

Oh yeah. Dig right in.


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4 Comments on “The 5 Least Appetizing Pictures from (that might actually be good)”

  1. February 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Oh dear. Um, beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

  2. February 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Is #4 in styrofoam or on an ugly plate? many of these are beigey, but at least they don’t give me seizures like that first one. it’s a clown nose, it’s maraschino cherries. these can give the nasty glazed recipes in all my 50s Life magazines a run for their jello cottage cheesey money.

    • February 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Styrofoam honestly wouldn’t surprise me… but I think it’s just an ugly plate. These pictures are reminicent of the 50s recipe photos.

  3. Deborah
    February 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Can’t stop laughing! Looks like a pot luck function from the past….

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