Party food before social media was not prepared with photographic representation in mind, so it’s no surprise that it was uglier. There’s a whole realm of stewy brown foods from every cuisine on earth that look very disgusting in photos but taste amazing and that people have, for all of human history, loved to eat together. You don’t see them much on social media though.

Rootin' tootin' charcutin' - by Kathryn Jezer-Morton
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