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Real Food Does Glisten (2014- Blog #005)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I follow food blogs out on the web and some great food photography on instagram. It is rare that I "oh and ah" over canned foods, premixed foods, foods in boxes. The ones that seem to catch my eye are the ones of fresh and natural foods, the foods that are well prepared, touched by an artistic hand, simmered just right, or just stately in their rawness. Perhaps this visual engagement is because our body responds better to those foods nearest their natural state - simple - unemcumbered by additives and preservatives.

If you look at the photography of the calorie-rich/calorie-drenched foods from the drive-up windows, you see that they are touched up to seem WAY more like good foods: glistening with juices, sparkling with that "almost like farm fresh" look. Advertisers speak to our minds, stomachs and hearts via those photos.

Most of my cookbooks are ones that are rich with color photos. Browsing recipes is as much about the art of the photo as it is about the ingredients themselves. I use apps for recipes on the web that entice my eyes and my memories. I stay away from commercial recipes and go for the ones shared by real people.

Me? I get a kick out of photographing some of our meals. I love how deep and rich the colors are. I love how a close-up shows the art of nature. I am satisfied when the food looks close to its natural state. The process of cooking is also part of the fun, the journey, the experiment.

Here are a few from a meal that DH made: scallops, farro (another new favorite) and salad. He is always experimenting with dressings for our salads and he is much better than I about bringing in new kinds of seafood into our diet. This was my first time eating scallops and YUM!

Have a good one, Sparkers.

QUOTE of the day:
"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." Nido Qubein

"Every choice is an opportunity. Every opportunity is a choice." (me)

Photo of the Day: Soft Hood


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BUGGYS 1/6/2014 10:08AM

    Maybe DH should create a cookbook with you as the photographer!!! Looks yummy!! I love farro and tried a few summer salads that were really good. We have to learn to go outside our comfort zone when trying new foods! I recently went through my cupboard full of cookbooks and just kept the ones that had natural ingredients...out with processed, in with fresh!! Great blog, Diane...glad you are back at it!!! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 1/6/2014 9:44AM

    Shining and yummy!

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THINRONNA 1/6/2014 5:45AM

    Beautiful food! Aren't scallops wonderful? emoticon

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_VALEO_ 1/6/2014 1:07AM

    I can drool over real food and simple meals. I have tried to take pictures of my meals, but they never look as good as they are. Photographing food is quite difficult.

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ENUFF81020 1/6/2014 12:31AM

    This is an amazing blog--I can't wait to read some of your others. You have really gotten into the spirit of healthy living with these comments on food photos and the nature of what good foods are.

Thanks for this thought-provoking blog.
Gentle hugs,

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DEBRITA01 1/5/2014 10:31PM

    What a lovely dinner,,,and, how lucky your DH cooks so well. emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 1/5/2014 10:16PM

    I love your food blogs!

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FLAMENM 1/5/2014 9:51PM

    I think it's funny that a lot of professional food photography uses food that is inedible. They use acrylics, juices, etc. to make the food appear more appetizing.

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ROCKYCPA 1/5/2014 8:54PM

    Food photography is really big now on social media. I really enjoy looking at foods that other people prepare and wanting to try the foods. Thanks for sharing!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/5/2014 7:58PM

    How fortunate to have a husband who likes to cook and experiment with food!

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DOGLADY13 1/5/2014 5:15PM

    I know food tastes better when it is made fresh. Have you read Michael Pollans' "Food Rules" book? It's a short little thing with rules that people have about eating. One that I live by is: if I can't stock the ingredient in my kitchen, I'm not eating it . Weeds out lots of processed foods.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/5/2014 3:38PM

    So true! Presentation: food as art.

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