Nothing’s more fun on a rainy day than curling up with a mug of cocoa and flipping through a big stack of vintage cooking pamphlets. The recipes themselves are interesting, what with their retro ideas about ingredients and preparation, but it’s really the lurid photos of regrettable foods that fascinate.

It turns out that the United States isn’t the only place with a rich history of food photography. The blog English Russia has recently posted a few dozen Soviet-era food posters, and they are utterly mesmerizing. While composed salads and mystery meats are certainly common to both the U.S.’s and the USSR’s food photography aesthetic, somehow the touch of constructivism on the Soviet posters makes them all the more beautiful.

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