The Homemade Pantry Cookbook

A cover teaser for The Homemade Pantry (Clarkson Potter, April, 2012), by Alana Chernila. I had so much fun photographing Alana’s book. It was all about hanging out with Alana, her husband, daughters, and Arty the cat in and around their home in the Berkshire Mountains. Alana is an incredible writer. In the age of celebrity chef, she is a lucky one who sold her book on the strength of her writing and her idea. She writes from her heart about cooking fresh, homemade foods for her family. And for fun, here is a most unusual book review she wrote about another book I was photographing while simultaneously working on hers.

The Homemade Pantry - 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila

Michael Symon’s Carnivore Cookbook

I was speaking with a college friend of mine on the phone the other day and she reminded me of how much we change. In particular, she reminded me of my 7-year long stint as a vegetarian. Those days are long gone, and now here I am, up close and personal photographing all kinds of meat. First there was the Fleisher’s butcher cookbook, then there was the Joe Beef cookbook. And this week I am in the studio with the crown prince of fleshy treats, photographing Iron Chef Michael Symon’s upcoming Carnivore cookbook (Clarkson Potter). And I couldn’t be happier.

Shooting the Carnivore cookbook with Michael Symon

More Adventures in the Midwest

I spent part of last week with Amy Thielen, back in Two Inlets, Minnesota. We got up at dawn every day and drove around the northern part of the state, taking photographs for her upcoming cookbook. We visited a 100-year-old fish-smoking house, fishermen on Lake Superior, farmers, and more of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. Such beautiful country.

Driving through fields, chasing the dawn light.
A farm in Minnesota with chickens, horses, ducks, turkeys, kittens, and a toddler running around in a kind of harmony.
Flying out of Fargo, North Dakota

Shooting a Midwestern Cookbook

Sitting at the Ladyslipper BnB in northern Minnesota, going over today’s shot list with food stylist Kendra McKnight. We are deep into our 8-day shoot, making a cookbook about the cuisine of the Midwest for Clarkson Potter. Every day we cook & shoot in a hand-built log cabin in the woods. The nearest town is 25 miles away, there is no cel reception, and everyone in these parts seems to forage & fill their pantries with seasonal specialties: raspberries, chokecherries, wild rice from the river, and as a treat, crayfish. Really getting into this frontier lifestyle.

The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat

I am excited to announce the publication of The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat (Clarkson Potter). Written by Alexandra Zissu and Josh & Jessica Applestone of Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats in Kingston, NY – and featuring 125 color and black & white photographs by me – the book is part guide, memoir, manifesto, reference and cookbook. The official publication date is June 6, 2011, but here are some previews from my advance copy:

The cover.

A selection of fats.

Joshua Applestone, Fleisher's Grassfed Meat, Cookbook, butcher, photos by Jennifer May

Dry rub on a chicken

Pastured steer on a farm in the Hudson Valley.

Joshua Applestone, Fleisher's Grassfed Meat, Cookbook, butcher, photos by Jennifer May

A pastured pig on a small farm in the Hudson Valley.

Joshua Applestone, Fleisher's Grassfed Meat, Cookbook, butcher, photos by Jennifer May

Josh in the Fleisher’s meat locker.

Joshua Applestone, Fleisher's Grassfed Meat, Cookbook, butcher, photos by Jennifer May

Detail of a two page graph showing the best ways to cook offal.

 

Food stories in New York's Hudson Valley and beyond from photographer Jennifer May