NBC’s “Hannibal” is a series that is appealing for many reasons, but a big one is obvious from day one: The food.
“Hannibal” is lavish in its attentions to all things culinary, putting together better shot and more artfully presented food porn than anything you’ll see on Food Network.
Of course, food is also where the show gets most of its horror from, given its subject’s horrific palate. The dishes cooked by Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) often appear succulent and lovely; revolting to the viewer only because they know where they come from (and sometimes, they still look good).
Much of this is thanks to the work of “Hannibal” food stylist Janice Poon, who runs lengthy postmortems of the show’s dishes — complete with non-cannibal recipes — on her blog, Feeding Hannibal. It’s a page you may want to bookmark with “Hannibal” season 3 now upon us.
('Aperitif,' season 1, episode 1): Hannibal's first scene has him dining on what looks like veal. It's probably not veal.
('Amuse-Bouche,' season 1, episode 2): Hannibal serves Jack Crawford what he calls Pork Loin with Red Fruit Cumberland Sauce. While we don't see him kill anyone, we probably shouldn't trust him.
('Entreé,' season 1, episode 5): Hannibal says the Tongues en Papillote served here came from a 'chatty' lamb. That Hannibal is such a comedian.
('Sorbet,' season 1, episode 7): The jokes continue: Hannibal throws a dinner party where 'nothing is vegetarian.'
('Saki-Zuki,' season 2, episode 2): Hannibal makes a really appetizing Osso Busco, but unfortunately it's made from a human leg.
('Futamono,' season 2, episode 6): Hannibal's most disturbing dish: a clay roasted thigh he serves to the man he took it from.
('Suziikana,' season 2, episode 9): This Sacromonte Omelette might be one of the few dishes Hannibal says it is, but you can never be too sure.
('Naka Choko' season 2, episode 10): This roast suckling pig is also almost certainly that. We think.
('Ko Ko Mono,' season 2, episode 11): Yet another non-cannibal dish, the Flambéed Ortolan is, however, grotesquely inhumane.
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