Archive for March 19th, 2010

Food Photography Workshop with Penny De Los Santos

Food Photography Workshop with Penny De Los Santos

| March 19, 2010 | 6 Comments

Last week I had the opportunity to take Penny de los Santos’ food photography workshop here in San Francisco. Penny started as a documentary photographer, but has recently moved into shooting more food. However, her photos aren’t glistenny, perfectly placed studio shots (although she’s done a few of those, too). Instead, Penny is a magician at lassoing a moment and a sense of place. She takes her background as a documentary photographer and uses it to capture the culture and the stories that take place around the table and in places that people gather.

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Cauliflower Ears

Cauliflower Ears

| March 19, 2010 | 8 Comments

I never thought I had an issue with cauliflower. In fact, I’ve always enjoyed it, whether puréed into a soup, roasted to a nutty brown, or dragged through a bit of ranch dressing that always seems to accompany store-bought party crudité platters. Any time it is put in front of me, there is a good chance I’ll eat it.

And yet I’ve never in my life cooked it. At least, not that I can remember.

I’d see it in the market, buy a head of the stuff and bring it home where it would just rot in my refrigerator, not so much forgotten as avoided.

I’ve gotten as far as placing one on my cutting board, but when I took out my 10″ chef’s knife, I paused, changed my mind at the last moment, and put the thing back into cold storage. For some reason, I just didn’t want to cut up a head of cauliflower. I never gave it much thought until a few months ago.

And then I remembered Ben.

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