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Food Prep through the Photographer's Lens


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Food Prep through the Photographer's Lens

Chris McBride

Food prep – mise en place, technically speaking – is something we love to talk about at Alta Editions. If you've been following our blog over the past few years, you know that. And you’re probably wondering why we’re broaching the topic again.

But, I promise, we’re coming at this with a fresh approach. Because, you know who we don’t brag about enough? The brilliant photographers we’ve been privileged enough to work with.  They’re the people who turn a chef’s mouth-watering flavors into an utter feast for your eyes, who work with our food stylists to get the most craveable food porn. Yeah, I said food porn.

The photographers we’ve worked with, Shimon and Tammar, Penny De Los Santos and Quentin Bacon, each have an inimitable and enunciated voice – like our chefs and their recipes. You know whose hands were involved with each edition from Laurent Gras: My Provence to The Journey to The Journey, Part Two by simply looking at an image.

One of the most distinguishing and comparative examples of each photographers’ style is in the way they shoot mise en place and food prep. So, enjoy the following images from some of the best, most lauded photographers in the business.

(If you’d like to know more about the importance of mise en place and food prep in terms of cooking, read this.)


Shimon and Tammar

Pan BagnatLaurent Gras: My Provence

Orange Tuiles, Laurent Gras: My Provence

Penny De Los Santos

Arctic Char in Banana Leaves, Alex Raij, The Journey

Maryland-Style Crab Cakes, Katy Sparks, The Journey

Quinoa Pomegranate Chaat, Maneet Chauhan, The Journey

Quentin Bacon

Farro with Cucumbers, Radishes, Red Onions and Purslane, Sara Jenkins, The Journey, Part Two

Muhammara (Spicy Red Pepper and Walnut Puree), Sara Jenkins, The Journey, Part Two

Yukari Salt (Uni Risotto), Sarah Simmons, The Journey, Part Two

Have a favorite image from one of our cookbooks? Let our photographers know in the comments below!


By Anna Butler

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