Food Photography · 3 June 2012

My wife, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi, thinks that we should shoot our food. No, we are not a hunting family believing we should live off the land. She just likes to take pictures of food.

My wife likes to cook. She likes to try new recipes and use the family as Guinea pigs. Sometimes those recipes are exotic and sometimes they are a new twist on an old favorite. They are almost always delicious so I appreciate being a Guinea pig.

If you have been reading my blog for long, you know about our taste tests of HostessĀ® desserts. We had a similar taste test for pizza dough. The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi and Thing 2 wanted to find the best dough for homemade pizza. So off to the library they went. Actually, my wife was the one who went and she found a great book called American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza. There was history, recipes, and a whole lot more. But the part they were looking for was the dough recipes. And there were plenty.

Needless to say, we had lots of pizza for a while, trying to get just the right one for those homemade pizzas. My wife and my son went through at least a half dozen recipes before they found the right one. Then after all that trial and error, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi got a Cuisinart food processor. It came with a pizza dough recipe that was quick and easy and tasty too. The pizza dough taste test was not for naught though. We had lots of good pizza with lots of different and tasty dough.

This same story has played itself out with at least a couple different types of food. Besides the pizza dough, there have been cookies, desserts, pastries, and breads. And for every new recipe, there are pictures of the finished product. (Bet you thought I would never get to photography.)

We have pictures of cookies and breads. We have pictures of taco meat, cheese, guacamole, and pico de gallo. And, of course, we have pictures of pizza and calzone. The pictures are not just to document the making of the different foods. They, like the food, are supposed to be art, in and of themselves. The food and the presentation of the food are both art. At least in the eyes of the chef, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi. For me, the aroma and the texture and the taste are the artistry. I love food. And while pictures of food might make my mouth water, I like to have the real thing in my mouth satisfying my desire. But when my wife makes a new recipe, I take the pictures or wait patiently while my wife takes pictures of the food. Even though I am ready to dig in.

My wife rarely thinks that her creations or the pictures of her creations are as beautiful as those seen on the internet. I know that they look great and compare favorably to those seen on the world wide web. And as beautiful as some of those dishes look on recipe and other food web sites, I will always vote for the food The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi shoots. After all, I get to smell and eventually eat it all.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Published 3 July 2012 in The Monroe Monitor & Valley News


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