Today was an awesome day.
Laura Edwards is a photographer who’s work is an inspiration of mine, her food photography is beautiful – light and unfussy and gorgeous compositions. So I was absolute thrilled when I was given the opportunity to assist her at her beautiful daylight London studio for a photoshoot for cookbook she is working on, along with Tabitha Hawkins prop styling and Annie Rigg food styling.
It was an amazing day, thank you Laura!
This weekend’s cookbook review is Pieminister – a pie for all seasons by Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon.
Lovely book with a nice simple graphic cover, the intro tells you how Tristan and Jon met, where the pie concept came from and their journey to success. The book is full of photos, not just of food but also Tristan and John, their friends and family, people making pies, eating pies, pies on location… lovely, I love photos and books which tell a story and set a scene. I particularly like the double spread in the summer chapter set at a festival.
The photos have a really fun friendly feel about them, shot by James Bowden, Lincoln Jefferson (also the food stylist for the book) and Caroline Vail.
I personally love pie photography, the rustic look is definitely my favourite type of food photography. A great book.
This Weekend Cookbook Review I’m reviewing Polpo – A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts).
Its a beautiful book to look at, I love the way that it is bound with no spine so you can see the binding and it is printed on lovely soft cream paper. Written by Russell Norman and photographed by Jenny Zarins, not only is the book full of recipes and beautiful food photography but it all has wonderful photos of Venice as well as a restaurant and bar guide.
The food photography has a lovely soft lighting to it and is very close up on the food, leaving little room for heavy prop styling, the result is simple and beautiful. The food doesn’t look styled, it looks very natural as it would be served and there is no mention of a food stylist.
A lovely book to inspire a very natural look food photography.
I love Sophie Dahl cookbooks, so this weekend’s Cookbook Review is Sophie Dahl’s From Season To Season.
I love that she divides her chapters into seasons and starts with Autumn… my favourite season, mainly because its all about scarves and boots for me. The lighting on the photography is very natural showing that shadows are equally important as light. The food styling is very honest, not overly messy but still very natural. The propping is very lovely, lots of textures – sometimes lovely fabrics other times old scarred chopping boards or a wooden surface. The plates and fabrics are a mix of old and new… not to vintage but they have a nice retro, homely feel.
On the whole it’s a lovely book, I don’t cook from it much but I do enjoy the photos and the nostalgic stories that she writes to go along with the recipes.
This ‘Weekend Cookbook Review’ is looking at the food photography in The Fabulous Baker Brother cookbook.
A colleague of mine recommended that I watch the TV program of the that goes with this book as he said the said the way it is filmed is really lovely and thought I would really like it, however as I don’t own a telly I got the book instead and he wasn’t wrong the photography is really beautiful.
The books has a lot of shots of bread being made, behind the scenes with the brothers Tom and Henry Herbert (Tom is the baker and runs the family bakery and Henry runs the butchers next door) as well as food photography.
The food shots are very dark and rustic, which I am really into at the moment and really works well with homemade bread photography. I was surprised at how simple the styling was, in most cases just the bread on black slate with a scattering of flour, not even sliced or torn into, but it worked well… so simple, the bread is the main focus and the textures of the bread really stand out.
My favourite shot in the book is on page 218 for the recipe Toms Full English, the shot is set on a wooden kitchen table, coffee mug and a breakfast plate with only the sauce swirls and bacon rind left of the plate… it’s brilliant, you know what’s been on the plate and it makes you feel like you’ve just eaten that breakfast… I love it. Great photography by talented photographer Chris Terry.
Wow… that was a crazy week. I’ve spent all week going in early, working late and through lunch shooting so much food… I plan to go through all the work I did and share my favourites from the week, I definitely have a few additions to my portfolio this week!
So the weekend is here at last, yay and I have chosen Jamie’s Great Britain for this weeks cookbook review. I discovered this book about a year ago and it became my go to book for whenever I was shooting anything traditionally British like a Shepherd’s pie. The book is photographed by one of the most the influential and prolific food photographers David Loftus. The food photography in this book is shot in daylight and very honest and very masculine – I have this belief that you can often tell when something is shot by a male or female photographer just by the way it looks and feels… and this feels very male. The propping is very simple if any, food is definitely always the hero but when there is a prop it’s quite often a recognisable brand like HP or Worchester sauce, Marmite, Tiger beer, which really works, I like text/type in food photography.
The thing that I love the most about this book is all the supporting images that go with the food shots – the locations, the people the raw ingredients, the animals and the markets and shops, they all help to tell the story of the dish. I love photographing English seaside towns so it’s no surprise that my favourite chapter in this cookbook is Seaside! Lovely photos of grey wet England, beach huts, fish market chalk boards, shellfish and fishermen…. beautiful, absolutely beautiful.
It’s a visually delightful book, I find in most useful and inspirational when shooting meat, fish and British foods.
This ‘Weekend Cook Book Review’ is the wonderful Small Plates & Sweet Treats by Aran Goyoaga. This book is one of my all time favourites, Aran’s food styling is so inspiring, every shot is absolutely beautiful.
I first came across Aran’s work from her beautiful award winning blog Cannelle et Vanille, which she started in Jan 2008. Aran is a freelance food writer, stylist and photographer, her blog is filled with her own (gluten-free) recipes and photography.
Aran also runs amazing food photography/styling workshops all over the world in really inspiring locations, teaching people about the subject in locations which really enhance the photography by helping to tell the story of the food… you really need to check out her blog. Her lighting is always very bright and natural. Her styling is stunning, very honest, lots of crumbs and delicate use of scattered herbs that never feel over styled they just look like they have naturally fallen in there place… I love it, this is one of the book I carry around in my props bag.
On Thursday a cookbook that I have been waiting for, for what feels like forever arrived. I decided to save it until the weekend before sitting down to look though it so I could really enjoy it… it was so worth the wait.
It’s absolutely beautiful. The food styling really inspirational to me, it’s very true and natural, nothing ever feels over styled and there’s usually lots of salt and herbs scattered messily on and about the dish, which is a huge trend in food photography at the moment. I love the props she uses and the prop styling, lovely old vintage used looking plates, ultensils, fabrics napkins and surfaces. The book itself is also designed by Katie, who worked at a graphic designer before moving into food photography and that’s gorgeous too. All the pages are unique with lots of sticky tape and stitching, textured paper backgrounds and old typewriter and other fun fonts, with makes it feel a little like a homemade recipe book complete with cooking stains.
I’m really happy to have it as part of my cookbook collection.
Last week I decided the last step in transforming my kitchen from red accessories to mixed pastels was to change the picture of poppies, which hangs above my cookbook storage bench. I have been looking for a picture of pictures to replace it but never found anything I liked.
Then after receiving Sweet Treats for Christmas (from my wonderful boyfriend James) a beautiful cookbook, in a fabulous mint pastel green, I realised that what I should be displaying above my bench is some of my favourite cook books.
So at the beginning of the week I had the book ledge made to measure and on Saturday I put my DIY head on and put the shelf up… took me an hour but it was so worth it.