This dish looks really familiar but if you have never heard of shakshuka (like me) you might have been expecting something more alien. Eggs poached in tomato sauce is a Mediterranean staple in many cultures and the subtle tweaks in this Israeli via Tunisia version of one of my favorite dishes is well worth a try. I have seen it called everything from the mundane “baked eggs” to the provocative “eggs in hell”. It appears in this week’s Good Appetite Column and whatever you call it, it’s great.
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Maybe I missed something over the past ten years but I had to ask myself that question when I got this assignment. It turns out that since the publication of the Jerusalem Cookbook these spice mixtures are really making their way into the mainstream. This week’s Recipes for Health focuses on dukkah used in salads, as a fish dredge, for crudite as a dip and as a topping for poached eggs. It is quite delicious. Pictured here is the peanut dukkah. Give it a try.
Here is a selection of some of the fun things I have been working on lately. The first shot is from Eating Well, a feature on Thai food that appears in this month’s issue. The next is a shot of maple syrup with a makeup brush from New You Magazine. It was a feature on Foods for Beauty. The third is a pasta machine for the product pages in La Cucina Italiana. Also, if you have been following me on Twitter you have seen that I have been writing the Outtakes column on food photography for the New York Times Diner’s Journal for the past few months. Please jump over there and have a look.
Creating a memorable burger shot is one of the more challenging in food photography simply because it’s like trying to improve upon what has already been perfected. The burger shot is the iconic food image that everyone is familiar with and in a lot of ways emotionally connected to. Last week, I had the chance to shoot these two as part of the latest Recipe for Health images. I always joke that I am chasing the Holy Grail of food photography and I’m anxious waiting for my chance to put my spin on that iconic burger picture. I feel like I am getting a little closer with these two shots. Closer to that burger ideal.
I was going to run this for my new Outtakes column on Diner’s Journal but I was a little late. Glad to be able to share it here.
With a subject as simple and somewhat monochromatic as this Turnip Slaw by Melissa Clark , published earlier this month, it helped to take an all or nothing approach. White on white on white may seem like it has little to offer on the surface but when you begin to see the subtle variations in color, light quality and tone it can make for a beautiful study. The image that ran with the story is a more traditional approach to food photography where this effort is more of an indulgence. I am inspired by the cover paintings of Cook’s Illustrated and seek to make my own art in that vein whenever possible.
By adding the bold architecture of the bottle and grinder and to the image and by keeping the depth of field very shallow the image took on an ethereal quality that I found very appealing. Also, the fold in the napkin gives the overall composition a lived in look, less fussy and formal. The distance from the viewer is intentional, meant to give the illusion of having to stand back and look at the spaces around the shapes. It did not surprise me that this was not the image that ran with the story because this is more about form and shape rather than food but making pictures like this is an exercise in being versatile and following your influences as an artist.
This image represents exactly the things that I try to do with that “painterly style” that has been attributed to my work. As soon as I shot my first frame I was so excited to have this published. It is one of my favorites. This is from Martha’s Recipes for Health about fruit desserts running this week in the New York Times.
The lovely Elyse Inamine over at First We Feast graciously asked me to be part of their “Show us you Food Porn” series and I was happy to oblige. Go check it out.
I think it has come time to retire the Food For Thought “Gratuitous Food Porn” Series. It has come to my attention that these would be much more helpful if I included more information about the origin of the images…what’s the recipe….who is the author….what was the assignment….and provide links to the stories they are associated with. So…this is what I will be doing. I will title the images appropriately and embed links. Enjoy.