We all read them, or at least look at them; those beautiful “food porn” blogs that look like pages from a magazine. There are perfectly pith-less curls of citrus peel strewn elegantly about, and it appears that some of these folks have approximately 16 sets of dishes, glassware and silver as well as assorted French Provincial, Tahitian bamboo and vintage embroidered place mats and tablecloths. They are so beautiful, and so intimidating, and honestly, at some point I decided just to give up on taking pictures of my finished dishes. The camera moved, the light was wrong, dishes that actually looked good in my kitchen ended up looking curiously as if they were all piles of cook lentils, brownish-greenish and indistinct. I am usually cooking dinner as…dinner, too, which means that the willingness of my family to wait whilst I whisk away a perfect plate, set up lights and a tripod, and try to get the perfect shot is pretty much nonexistent.
I have been told recently by two trusted readers that I really should include pictures, and that I should try to make them good ones. My old friend Eric from, Lordy, Middle School, said I might want to include pictures of finished dishes, and pointed out that people often decide to make a recipe based on a photograph of the finished dish in a cook book or magazine, and I know that’s true because I often make decisions on that basis. Claudia, from cook eat Fret also suggested in a recent conversation that if I stepped up my game in terms of photos, I might be more successful in attracting readers. They are both right, but I am afraid.
I am making a resolution to take pictures as often as I can, and to try to use a tripod, learn the settings on my camera, and go where the light is best in the house. I guess I’ll just let the starving hordes go ahead and eat while I fiddle. Perhaps, now that garage sale season is upon us, I will snap up some fabulous looking platery, cutlery and napery and pretend that we don;t really eat off of white plates with Oneida forks. Bear with me; I love to write, and I love to cook, but I am not very good at taking pictures.