Archive for February, 2010

Thai Cookbook now in stores!

The Thai Cookbook I photographed last year is at long last out in stores.  It is part of a really cool series of how to  books from Knack Books, and includes 100 recipes shot by yours truly.  In fact, there are so many photos (350 to be exact) that they highlight this on the back of the book.  It was a laborious and delicious process and I am so excited to see it all come together in a gorgeous final product.  Get it while it’s hot!  Available on Amazon, and your local bookseller.  I recommend the thai fresh rolls with dip (p. 98), drunken noodles (p. 164), or the easy fish curry (p. 176).  Or for those more inclined toward instant gratification, pour over all the gorgeous photographs while enjoying Thai food from your local delivery place.

Writing with Syrup

Thanks to the advice of some folks on the linkedin food photography group, I was able to try writing a message in syrup.  Here is one of my attempts that worked pretty well based on my very scientific (ha!) trial and error.  I mostly used Jennifer’s tip of boiling Karo syrup.  I then chilled it, cooked the pancakes, cooled the pancakes, layer of matte spray, then microwaved my syrup mixture very briefly, and voila…..I had some trouble under and overcooking the syrup but eventually got the mixture right.  Delicious, no?


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, otherwise known as the SFMOMA is a terrific museum and SF resource.  They always put up interesting shows and have a great photography collection.  They were actually one of the first museums to begin acquiring photography and to consider it a “fine” art.  I am proud to say I am on the museum’s website.  Ok, not my work but my picture.  My friend Rachel and I enjoyed going to the 75th anniversary show opening party about a month ago.  The line was around the block to get in but a waffle truck and pre-drinking helped to make it all the more fun.  Once we got in we were greeted with free drinks, live bands, and a photo booth.

I happen to have stumbled upon our photo on their website when looking for this John Collier Jr photo which I fell in love with after my recent visit to the photography show, The View From Here. I highly recommend the show which is a well curated history of California and photography.  And it is open until June 27th, so no excuses.  There are so many gems in the show but this one stood out.  It reminded me of  the product photography job I was working on last week.  Photography is all about light.  Beautiful diffused window light seeping into the cracks of an old barn, yes.

But also damn reflections everywhere.  Here are some unintentional self portraits of the artist at work.