The New Yorker has published cartoons since it first launched in 1925, and over the years the mostly single-panel drawings have become a lynchpin of the literary mag’s identity. These gag pieces are not color-splashed renderings that shout at you off the page. Instead, they tend to be more subtle and offbeat—but that isn’t to say that they aren’t often laugh-out-loud funny.
The artists behind the drawings turn their talent on a wide range of topics from week to week, but one reoccurring subject in particular has grabbed our attention: FOOD.
From Al Ross’s 1973 rendering of a couple outside of a McDonald’s (“How many thousands do you figure you’ve eaten,” one character says in response to the chain’s “over 11 billion served” tagline) to David Sipress’s more recent depiction of a three-star Michelin (tire) food truck, New Yorker cartoons offer relevant and often piercing commentary on how and what we consume.
Click through the gallery above to see all 50 of our favorite New Yorker food cartoons.
Note: If you feel like you need any of them hanging in your home, most are available through the Condé Nast store—just click on the “buy it here” link below the image.