(CNN) — Ham and bananas hollandaise. Eggs in a cage. Beef tingler.
Set-piece dishes were designed to astound, and often confound.
Inspiration came from recipe cards and cook books, where the new art of food photography was entering its difficult, experimental teenage years.
The bland and the bewildering
The book is partly “a reaction against the self-satisfied nature of some food now, and the virtuousness that’s meant to go with clean eating and healthy eating,” Pallai tells CNN.
“It’s not like I advocate eating unhealthily, but I do…