Posts Tagged: cook book photographer

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

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.

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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.

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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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

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

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

Field Herb Farm & Apothecary

I visited Dana and Michael Eudy of Field Apothecary and Herb Farm in Germantown this spring to photograph them for Edible Hudson Valley magazine. Read the article here.

Field Herb Farm couple and barn

Jul 13

No. 6 Depot Cafe

Part two of the shoot for No. 6 Depot Cafe involved a day on site, photographing the vibe of the place. It was a good challenge, considering the cafe was not yet officially open. But the owners were terrific to work with, it is a beautiful place with great attention to every detail, the food and coffee are delicious, and a bunch of their friends were happy to stop by before the grand opening to sample sandwiches, cake, and coffee.

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Jun 13

Tea & Salt Product Photography

This weekend I photographed 27 teas & exotic salts for No. 9 Depot, a new cafe & merchant opening later this month in the Berkshires. We were a small team: just an owner of the cafe and myself. What could have been a hectic day – with so many shots to get – turned out to be lots of fun in a country studio, matching the textures of the products to the surfaces & vessels.

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May 13

County Cork, Ireland

This spring we took a trip to Skibbereen, in County Cork, Ireland. We sourced fresh sole, scallops, soda bread, butter, eggs, and great cuts of meat for the grill. We cooked and drank beer in a house that looked like it was built in the 1700s, spent one night at the famous Balleymaloe House, we ate black and white puddings, more rashers and beans than I can remember, and fell in love with Gubbeen cheese. This is what a food photographer & her food stylist friend, and their families do while on vacation!

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Mar 13

Edible Hudson Valley Cover

The winter cover of Edible Hudson Valley with one of my photos from a visit to Damon Baehrel’s restaurant and gardens.

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Mar 13

Glenmere Mansion Photo Shoot

This week I found myself at the Glenmere Mansion, in Chester, NY. I had met co-owner Alan Stenberg several years ago when a magazine sent me to them. This time around, it was Alan calling. The mansion has a fabulous upcoming opportunity, and they needed photos asap. Here is a sample of what we photographed: appetizers, entrees, and desserts; the busy Supper Room; and cocktails in the Frogs End bar. It’s amazing what you can get done in a day with the right team.

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Mar 13

Guy Gourmet Cookbook

Here is a sneak peek of a cookbook I shot for Rodale in the fall. Quite a shoot: we photographed these recipes in Manhattan days after Hurricane Sandy. The city was still recovering… but the shoot went on. Look for the book in May.

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Jan 13

First We Feast – Slideshow

I was asked to share 10 of my favorite food images that I have shot for First We Feast. They did an interview with me, and made a slideshow on their website. Unsurprisingly, when asked for my favorite food images, I chose mostly story-driven pictures: ice fishing; running around eastern Canada with the Joe Beef chefs; a foie gras factory, and more. Link to story here.

Nov 12

Men’s Health, CIA & Sandy

It’s been a busy few weeks! Hurricane Sandy, a Nor’Easter, a cookbook for Men’s Health, and currently working on a project for the Culinary Institute of America. All the while running all around NYC and the Hudson Valley with Babes. Here is a document of events, in images:

In Williamsburg with Babes, after racing the nor'easter so we could shoot a cookbook for Men's Health.

Working with food stylist Paul Grimes

Summer in the studio

The first signs of sun - seen from the studio windows - after a week of storms including the brutal Hurricane Sandy

Back in the Hudson Valley. Working on a new project for the Culinary Institute of America.

Wringing out an herb infusion, CIA style.