Are you as obsessed with food photography as we are? If so, have we got a book for you.
The Food Stylist’s Handbook by Denise Vivaldo with Cindie Flannigan is such a fun read we almost decided to become food stylists on the spot. Their book has all the guidance necessary to begin or advance a food styling career. This how to manual explains exactly what the job entails, equipment needed, the different niches and of course, how to get started. But don’t overlook the fact that it also contains a ton of valuable advice for us regular folk looking to put out stunningly beautiful culinary masterpieces we want to shoot and eat.
We adore the Tricks of the Trade chapter that delves into topics as diverse as getting more height out of pancakes, which brand of egg to use for a flawless presentation and achieving the most gorgeous spiral cut from your ham. Above Cindie assembles the perfect Sundae, but this one’s made of Crisco not ice cream, so admire but don’t eat.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to configure fake or edible food, the tips in The Food Stylist’s Handbook help everyone present a better plate. Need some guidance in making that burger you’re about to consume more instagram friendly? It’s in the book, showing how one can adorn with condiments found on the table, perfect for a restaurant blog post. Want to impress friends who come over for lunch? The magic to beautiful bacon for your club or BLT is in the cooking method, using skewers or foil to get just the right curl to your strips.
Edible flowers add a charming touch to any plate, especially white china laden with salad and chicken breast in need of a pop of color.
And a dash of just the right herbs and spices brushed around grill marks make shrimp irresistible.
Regardless of why you want a stunning presentation, the answers you are searching for abound in words and pictures throughout this sensational guide book.
And the ladies haven’t forgotten the importance of serving containers and utensil recommendations to insure that delicious courses get the best send off possible.
So take it from the women who have honed and mastered the techniques and get your own copy of The Food Stylist’s Handbook. Who knows, you may become the next Picasso of the instagram world or at the very least of your own kitchen table.