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Posts Tagged: Jennifer May


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Jun 14

Silvercup Studios

I was at Silvercup Studios all last week working on a rebranding campaign. What a whirlwind: With the broadcast shoot on top of our stills shoot, we were a team of about 50 – including the food stylist, below, working the steamer. Updates to come when the campaign goes live.

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May 14

Rahm Fama’s Meat & Potatoes Cookbook

It’s been a long wait, but we are close now… I shot this book for chef Rahm Fama about two years ago. It will be published this July 1, by Clarkson Potter, and may much eating of meat, potatoes, and amazing side dishes commence.

This book is different than a lot of cookbooks out there. It is heavy on the food & recipes, and light on the dishware, meaning…. most of the book was shot almost from above, using just a few different plates, on a few different tables. The food is truly the star. I will post example shots after the pub date.

Rahm Fama Meat & Potatoes cookbook


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May 14

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

I just wrapped a 6-day cookbook shoot in Westchester for Nicole Hunn and Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. This cookbook will bring back the classic snacks gluten-free people miss out on: think Twinkies, Twizzlers, and Hostess Cupcakes. Gluten-free or not, these were delicious treats, and I tasted almost every one of them.

Our team consisted of Nicole & Erin McDowell in the kitchen and me on the camera & computer. Nicole’s children and husband were on the scene, the dogs were eventually banished to the prop room (dining room), and the cat hung out until she tried to climb my lighting tools to get to a vase of freshly picked lilies-of-the-valley.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot.

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May 14

James Beard Award Win!

New Midwestern Table coverThe James Beard Awards were held last night and I am thrilled to announce Amy Thielen’s New Midwestern Table won in the category of American Cooking! I am so glad she chose me to photograph her book.

Big thanks to our fantasic stylists Kendra McKnight and  Alison Hoekstra.

Amy is a fantastic writer, and now also a television host of her own show. Congratulations, Amy! Well deserved.

Below are a few of my favorite shots from our book.

Midwestern Table photography


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Apr 14

Meat Photos for a Butcher Shop

Gearing up for a meat shoot in Brooklyn this week.

raw meat, flank steak, butcher

 

 


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Mar 14

IACP Award for Chelsea Market Cookbook!

IACP Chelsea Market cookbook award Jennifer May The 2014 IACP awards were just announced, and I am excited to report that The Chelsea Market Cookbook won the award in the Best Compilation Category! It is the story of a place, with 100 recipes from purveyors and restaurants including Sarabeth’s Bakery, Buddakan, and Lucy’s Whey, and includes recipes from guest chefs such as Bobby Flay and Hugh Acheson. I spent a good portion of last summer photographing the market in action, and recipes in the studio. The book is written by Michael Phillips and Rick Rodgers, and is published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. See the cover here, and some interior images below.


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Mar 14

Culinary Institute of America

The cover and some images of a cookbook I photographed for the Culinary Institute of America, published this month. Power foods of note: blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes, chickpeas, beets, and kale. Note to self: eat more of these things!

Culinary Institute of America book cover


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Feb 14

Dumplings

Dumplings! The tastiest dumplings, and they are hand made in a small kitchen at the back of Palace Dumplings in Wappingers Falls, NY. Here are some shots that ran in Hudson Valley magazine:

 


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Jan 14

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

For the winter 2013/2014 issue of Edible Hudson Valley magazine, I visited the Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. Here are some shots that were published, and some outtakes.

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Jan 14

Breads Cookbook

I am back at the Culinary Institute of America, photographing my third cookbook for them. So excited about this project. Here is an outtake from today’s shoot in the bakery… it takes a pro to sprinkle flour on a surface with this kind of precision.

flour on baking board


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Jan 14

More from the Midwest

I am sorting photos from my archive to update my website. This afternoon I am revisiting images from my trips to Minnesota, for Amy Thielen’s New Midwestern Table (Clarkson Potter, 2013). Such a beautiful place. I will make a new posting when my website has a flush of new photos.


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Jan 14

Winter Edible Hudson Valley cover

A recent cover of Edible Hudson Valley magazine. The shoot was at Hillrock Estate distillery in Ancram, NY… outtakes in a post below.

Edible Hudson Valley magazine cover


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Dec 13

Pancakes!

A cover shoot of pancakes for the January 2014 cover of Hudson Valley magazine. Pancakes cooked at Dolce, in Kingston, NY, and styled by the multi-talented Patrick Decker.

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Dec 13

Food, Drink, Parties

I am working on a project for a company that caters lavish events in exclusive locations throughout Manhattan. File under New York, New York: There is even a hair, makeup & dressing team for the waitstaff.

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Dec 13

Hillrock Estate Distillery

I photographed the Hillrock Estate distillery in Ancram, NY for the winter issue of Edible Hudson Valley. Here is the owner, Jeff Baker, in the malt house with farm-grown barley drying on the floor. Below, a tasting with a father and four sons I happened upon.

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Nov 13

Heirloom Corn Harvest

I got up before dawn the other day to photograph a harvest of heirloom corn, that was planted in the Hudson Valley especially for Widow Jane, a distillery in Brooklyn. Such beautiful light on the first frost of the year.

corn harvest


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Nov 13

The New Midwestern Table

A few shots from Amy Thielen’s New Midwestern Table (Clarkson Potter, 2013). Since we did the photography for her book, Amy is now a host on The Food Network. Her show is called Heartland Table, and it is terrific. In the first episode – dedicated to butter – she shows the cooking of her grilled new potato and onion dish (photo below). Everything she cooks looks so delicious.


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Oct 13

Chelsea Market Cookbook

I am so excited to announce the publication of the Chelsea Market Cookbook (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, October 2013).  It seems like last week, but it was actually last summer that I was running through the market, photographing as many vendors as I could schedule on a tight timeline. From Sarabeth in her bakery, to the infamous “knife lady,” it was a blast.

Chelsea Market book cover


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Sep 13

Hawthorne Valley Farm

For the fall issue of Edible Hudson Valley, I visited the Hawthorne Valley Farm. This is one of the good places in the world. Here, bread is baked from grain grown on the surrounding fields. Sauerkraut ferments naturally in a cellar. Cheese is made by hand using milk from cows that live on the farm. To spend an afternoon speaking with Martin Ping is to feel inspired for a great future.

photos at Hawthorne Valley Farmindustrious workers at Hawthorne Valley Farmphotos of flour at Hawthorne Valley Farmcheese making photo at Hawthorne Valley Farm photo by Jennifer May


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Sep 13

The New Midwestern Table Cookbook

This is a book I have been outrageously excited about sharing. For this book, I visited the Midwest three times, and I toured Minnesota and the surrounding states with author Amy Thielen through three different seasons. The book is officially available in a few days, and I will upload some of my favorite images soon!

The New Midwestern Table cookbook cover photographed by Jennifer May