More Cool Books For Cooks

Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have been publishing innovative books about cooking and the chef world for longer than I have. Their popular Becoming a Chef was published the summer I was harrassing the Culinary Institute of America to let me in to write about, well,...

Most Exciting Cookbook of 2009

The most exciting cookbook of the season, to me, is without question, Momofuku, by David Chang and Peter Meehan.   Momofuku combines great cooking and restaurant kitchen photography in the journalistic style I love, recipes and techniques I was eager to learn about...

Composition of Chives and Lighting Set Up

I’ve been forcing myself to explore more creative compositions in my shots. I think we all have a first instinct as to how to frame a subject. As we approach it, our minds are deciding overhead vs. low—real tight or backed off to include other elements. With...

Ad Hoc Cookbook Giveaway!

I have two copies of Ad Hoc, signed by Thomas Keller, to give away, courtesy of Artisan (thanks, Amy!)  This is an even more valuable offer than I thought it would be because I see that Amazon is sold out until February, as are many bookstores.  More than 100,000...

Pâte a Choux Photos

Here is the interior of a gougere, a cheese puff that was made for the video. I like this photo because you can see how it could also be a pastry puff filled with puddings, creams or chocolate. I photographed this for Michael’s Ratio book which ran in B&W....