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.

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

Feb 14


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:


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

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.

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

Dec 13

Winter Holidays 2013

Our winter holiday in Quebec included a seated dinner of turkey & all-the-trimmings for 27 guests; fresh-from-PEI malpeque oysters on the half-shell (and a braver-than-I-was-at-that-age ten year old); big ole bottles of wine; a Quebecois fiddler & guitar duo; a bonfire in 3-feet of snow; and snow every day of the trip.


Dec 13


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.

pancakes on the cover of hudson valley magazine

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.

waitstaff, party, manhattaneggs, caviardrink, martini, party, Jennifer May

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

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.

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

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

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

Sep 13

Best of Hudson Valley magazine 2013

The annual “Best Of” Hudson Valley magazine is out, featuring a single burger from Poppy’s in Beacon, which I photographed. Lots of jalapenos, very spicy. And, on 10.28.13 this cover was chosen as a Cover of the Day, by the Society of Publication Designers!

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Aug 13

Michael Symon’s 5 in 5

A sneak preview of the second book I photographed for Chef Michael Symon – 5 in 5:  5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners. The book will be published in early September, by Clarkson Potter. Fast & tasty food… This is my kind of cooking.

Michael Symon's 5 in 5 book cover

Jul 13

Breweries in the Hudson Valley

This spring I visited a bunch of breweries for a cover story for Hudson Valley magazine. A shot from Kingston’s Keegan Ales made the cover, and here are a few extras and outtakes:

Beer for Hudson Valley magazine

Jul 13

100 Years Old

Again, I’m not always photographing food! This spring I photographed a whole bunch of centenarians for Hudson Valley magazine. Here are a bunch of the ladies. Katharine, on the opening page, is 108 years old.