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Vintage French Foie Gras Ad: Love It Or Hate It?

I'm a huge fan of vintage food advertisements in foreign languages. I love the primary colors, illustrations, and how people now use them as posters to decorate their kitchens. Inspired by the classic L'Instant Tattinger poster of an elegantly dressed female posing behind a gigantic glass of champagne that used to hang in my Spanish apartment I set out to find more vintage French ad posters.

I stumbled across this advertisement for Foie Gras the highly controversial (yet incredibly tasty) goose liver. I love this poster because it's sure to be a great conversation starter at dinner parties. However, I worry that it might offend people. What do you guys think, vintage foie gras ad: love it or hate it?

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mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
Vintage french ads are great. T'attinger has the best ones that I've seen. I don't see what's so controversial about them.
Food Food 9 years
i guess my stance is stop it all or don't bother. I know forcefeeding is awful, but I don't know if it's the most heinous. Our meat industry is so messed up and most people don't realize it. They hear about foie gras and get all up in arms, but they don't think about the chicken they're eating and the awful conditions it's raised in (their beaks are chopped off, they're shoved in these tiny cagees, they never see the daylight , etc). I just find it really hypocritical... um, to go back to the main topic, i love the way these vintage ads look.
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 9 years
It's banned here in chicago (Hot Doug's, anyone?) and it's been kind of an embarassment ever since. I spoke to a cop who had a give a ticket to a restaurant owner for serving it and the officer just shook his head and said "It's amazing, the y don't want us to be the police anymore... there are robbers, rapists out there and we're out protecting Birds?"
BrunetteSugar BrunetteSugar 9 years
I really don't want to comment on the food ban/cruelty issue.... But I do love the vintage ads! I have my kitchen and dining room decorated in the food/drink french vintage ads. And I have some in my bedroom! Love it! So cute!
facin8me facin8me 9 years
YumSugar, I lived in Chicago all my life and I absolutely approve of the foie gras ban. While I agree that most factory farms that produce meat don't have the best conditions for the animals, it's nowhere near the torture that the geese receive when they are being raised to produce foie gras. I heard a report on NPR the other day about foie gras and they were playing a clip of the sounds that the geese produce when they are being "fed," and it was horrible enough to make you gag. Like BlueJeanie said, we can't stop all the cruelty that goes on in this country, but that doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to the most heinous of animal offenses.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Ive never tried Foie but this ad doesnt bother me.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I don't know if I would still eat it but I like the vintage look.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i 110% support the foie gras ban. we can't stop all animal cruelty in the states but if some can be stopped then it should be. this ad is disgusting and so is foie gras.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
If you like it, go for it. Personally I think it's a bit.... tongue and cheek for be besides being a pretty ad. It would be like a Starkist tuna ad with a more realistic looking tuna than the happy cartoon about to be put in a can ad. Basically I don't always like to think about what I am eating!
Food Food 9 years
oh man, i have a huge problem with chicago's foie gras ban. it's so ridiculously hypocritical. this is actually one of my biggest foodie pet peeves, but how is foie gras considered bad, but serving any other meat where animals are treated inhumanely (nearly all meat in america) okay?
stnybaby stnybaby 9 years
candy apple, the current controversy is that its cruel to force feed the geese and ducks to make them fat for their livers....that's how the tasties foie gras has been "made" for many years. there's a new revolution, if you will, to ban foie gras in certain cities - i think Chicago is one city not allowed to serve foie gras anymore. so now, there are farms that are touting they don't force feed their birds. their livers aren't as tasty but are an alternative.
candy-apple candy-apple 9 years
what's controversial about foie gras????!?!? sorry- i grew up in france so i may be biased but i really don't get it..
lilibooh lilibooh 9 years
ok for foie gras but not the industrial one ... ad only during christmas time.
lemurian lemurian 9 years
Mmmmm.. Fois Gras. There is a fantastic restaurant in Bordeaux, France that doesn't not serve anything from factory farm raised animals, including no force-fed birds, called La Tupina. They had a lot of literature regarding the campaign for cruelty-free fois gras, but it was mostly in French. Anyway, I had fresh fois gras there, which was essentially the whole liver just ripped from the bird, lightly seared but still raw inside and it was heaven! But I also got some in a can from Fouchon that was nice, too, lol! Anyway, I love the poster!!
rb24 rb24 9 years
I love it. In my home I have all sorts of old tin advertisements
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I think we're all too worried about offending others nowadays. A little thoughtfulness is great ... but jeesh, there is NO way NOT to offend everyone. It's not like we're talking porn here.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 9 years
Dont eat french fries, but my family does.
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