It all started with Oreos and toothpaste. When one pregnant woman admitted she craved this strange combo, it inspired Juarez Rodrigues and Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus to launch a fun photo project: Eating for Two: The Pregnancy Cravings Cookbook.
"The Oreos-and-toothpaste woman used to sneak out of bed at night and make them secretly while everyone else was sleeping. She was always afraid someone would catch her," says Jacob-Ebbinghaus. "We realized a lot of women are embarrassed about their cravings, so we thought it would be cool to document all the strange things pregnant women want to eat."
So they started gathering pregnancy cravings from friends and online, then set about making them. "Our goal was to make the dishes look really delicious, just like they must look like to the women who crave them," says Jacob-Ebbinghaus.
However, they want to make clear that they don't in any way encourage Pica -- the desire to eat non-foodstuffs -- "since it can be very unhealthy for mothers and babies and well anyone, really," Jacob-Ebbinghaus continues. "But we thought our role in this project was to document, not to judge. So we believed it would be wrong to leave the weirder recipes out."
For added measure, Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Rodrigues taste-tested each dish they created -- even the weirder ones like soap -- and rated them on a five-star scale.
"The soap was really, really terrible. Our mouths still have PTSD from it," jokes Jacob-Ebbinghaus. And yet, "One or two of the other recipes were quite a pleasant surprise, though -- the Bacon and Mars Burger for example. And the Oreos with toothpaste were actually pretty tasty."
The project has garnered so much success online, the duo is considering turning it into a book as well as a website. "We'd like to add a few more recipes first," they say (to submit one email firstname.lastname@example.org). Check out some recipes they've whipped up so far.
Image via Eating for Two