I was never much of a cereal eater growing up. I’d have the occasional box of Fruit Loops (or “shoe poops” as I called them) when camping, but generally my mom wouldn’t let us eat cereal because it was too “sugary.” Man, my mom was a smart lady. I should say is a smart lady because she’s still pretty smart.So it wasn’t really until college that I started eating cereal. I don’t know what it is about cereal and college but they seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly, or bacon and eggs, or cheese and anything else. I’m guessing it’s that it’s so cheap and that you don’t have to do anything to prepare it that appeals to the poor lazy college kid. At least I think that’s why it appealed to me. That and that it was easy to munch on during late night study sessions or on the bus on the way to class in the morning. Continue reading →
I have a lot of cookbooks. Like seriously a lot. They’re like grown up picture books where the pictures are all of food. Who wouldn’t like that, right? Typically when I get a new cookbook, I spend a while looking through it, drooling over the pictures and reading the recipes. I may make one or two of the recipes and then I typically won’t cook anything from it again. I definitely don’t see that happening with All American Paleo Table by Caroline Potter of Colorful Eats Nutrition. Continue reading →
If you’ve been hanging out around here for a little while, you’ll know that my photos used to not be so pretty. Not that they are super great now, but they are certainly better than they used to be.
Just look at this… harsh lighting, strong shadows, bad styling. Not cute! Since this photo was taken over a year ago, I’ve read blog articles, how to websites, books on food photography and poured over photos of food on Pinterest and my favorite blogs. What I really needed was a simple, straightforward resource that would tell me what I needed to do in easy to understand terms.
Enter Scrumptious and Styled by Caroline Potter. One of the things I love about Caroline’s photos is that she does a beautiful job of telling a story. You feel like you could step into the photo and sit down to a delicious meal or relax with a glass of wine with her. She really lets the natural beauty of real food shine. Plus her photos are just flat out gorgeous, bright, and colorful.
In her eBook, Caroline describes everything from aperture and ISO to how to work with natural light, and from setting up and styling your photoshoot to editing your photos to achieve that polished look. And since I’m a visual person, I really appreciate all the photos Caroline uses to show, rather than tell, the process of taking a beautiful photo.
I’m hoping that I can just absorb Caroline’s mad photo taking skills by laying my head on my iPad with Scrumptious and Styled open on it, but since that probably won’t work I also plan to keep this bad boy with me during photoshoots to use as my guide. And if you’re wanting to step up your photography game, whether you use a full frame DSLR or your smart phone, I suggest you do the same thing. Pick up your copy here and start taking beautiful photos that tell your story!
If you haven’t noticed, there are tons of paleo cookbooks out there. It feels like there is a new one coming out every week sometimes. And while I’m sure all these books are fantastic, if you ask me, Make it Paleo 2 by Bill and Hayley of Primal Palate and Hayley’s sister Caitlin is special. Make it Paleo 2 is not only a delicious and versatile cookbook, but a beautiful work of art that everyone interested in real food should have in their arsenal!