I’ve been a fan of good food photography for many years. I remember drooling over my first cookbooks, and then subscribing to Cuisine magazine, which always had drop dead gorgeous covers. Then of course along came smartphones, and easy food photography. It is so easy to whip out your phone and unobtrusively take a photo of a dish in front of us that many of us do it. I rarely photograph food in New Zealand, as if I started I’m not sure I’d stop! But I do when I travel. I photographed almost every course at the amazing ten-course degustation meal in South Africa for my 50th birthday. I also took lots of photos of food when I was in Italy, and probably drove my friends crazy by posting many of them on Fb.
About the same time as smartphones made their appearance, cooking shows seemed to dominate TV, with their impeccable presentation and inspiring shots. Suddenly we all wanted to be able to make perfect looking (as well as tasting) food that matches those in the photographs. So food photos abound. They probably don’t help me in my weight loss efforts, as pictures do seem to have a direct connection to my salivary glands, and they in turn have a direct connection to my waistline. Often I’ll just read the recipes and quietly drool in a corner, but occasionally I will be influenced and inspired to cook. Most recently, I’ve discovered the baking blog of the daughter-in-law of a friend of mine, with her beautiful photos, simply taken in her kitchen with her phone. She is definitely inspiring me to try some of her recipes.
Pictures don’t convince me to make that particular recipe, though. I need to read the recipe, to approve of the ingredients and effort required, and to read any reviews too. Then I’ll try it – or maybe something similar. For example, last weekend I was inspired by other photos to make cupcakes for Charlie, then found the recipe I wanted, and made these Lemon Diva Cupcakes. Charlie approved.