Top 10 Simpsons Food Episodes: Tomacco Ribwich with a Side of Guatemalan Insanity Peppers + Skittlebrau
Food writers have been stoked this week about the The Simpsons' upcoming episode on gastro culture. Our own Margy Rochlin interviewed Simpsons Executive Producer Matt Selman, who admits he's a big fan of Jonathan Gold. "We kind of make fun of foodies," he says, "but in real life we actually love them."
Over the years The Simpsons writers have lampooned pretty much everything in popular culture. (In the words of South Park's General Disarray: "Simpsons did it!") This Sunday's episode won't be the first or last time the eight-fingered yellow family sets its sights on food culture, and this isn't even the first time Squid Ink has looked at the subject, but we just had to use the excuse to reminisce on ten of our favorite Simpsons food episodes and moments.
10. "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
In this 1999 episode Homer, looking mighty Southern in his tan suit, invents a hybrid, highly addictive plant after fertilizing his tomato and tobacco plants with plutonium. The scary part about the whole thing: Tomacco is real. You can actually graft a tomato plant onto tobacco roots, no plutonium required. The children! Won't someone think of the children?
9. "Flaming Moe's"
Pity Moe Szyslak. He's probably the loneliest, ugliest guy in Springfield. He's also kind of a dick, like the time in 1991 when he stole Homer's idea and got famous off the Flaming Moe. Next thing you know he's partying with Aerosmith, who were the first band of many to make a guest appearance on the show. Moe would up right back where he started by the end of the episode (go figure), but what a ride.
8. "Treehouse Of Horror IV: The Devil and Homer Simpson"
From the 1993 episode that launched a million utterances of Mmmm, forbidden donut, this Halloween tale sees Homer's feet and nose turned into hot dog meat before he is given the Dante-like punishment of having to eat donut after donut after donut in Hell. The irony is lost on the big guy.