by Anna Roth
As these foods continue to wait for emoji immortalization, I wondered why so many of my everyday foods lack a presence in computer text. Including the chili pepper, there are 59 food-themed emoji. What are they? How can they be assembled into recipes? And most importantly, could someone live on emoji alone?She managed, for a week, though it was not without hardship — there are no emoji sandwiches or tacos. The major takeaway of the stunt? That eating only the foods represented in a Japanese character set means that you eat a lot more Japanese food. Also, a diet based on a set of tiny computer pictographs used mostly in text messages and Instagram captions is not an adequate one:
So is the emoji diet a contender in the weight-loss market? Not likely, given its emphasis on white rice, alcohol, and indulging in a dessert (or three) each day. I did, however, enjoy exploring new foods and restaurants as I undertook my phone-food mission. I won’t be limiting myself to emoji again, but I will be eagerly watching to see which foods are added in future releases.Truly, an important investigation.