In this monthly series, I commit to cooking whatever is on the cover of Bon Appetit, Saveur or maybe some other food magazine. There’s a reason these particular dishes are on the cover – they’re usually the best recipes in the magazine.
I’m gonna lay some honesty on you guys. I’ve dreaded this post for weeks because I hate these photos. I kind of blame Bon Appetit for putting Chicken and Dumplings on the cover. Hello, plate of brown food. But, in the spirit of one of my New Year’s Resolutions for this blog being “keep working on my food photography,” I’m going to try to dissect what went wrong and figure out how I could have improved these photos. If you’re not interested in food photography, I would suggest you just skip straight to the recipe – it’s more delicious than these photos would let on.
OK, so first of all – yes, this is obviously a plate of brown food. While Bon Appetit was somehow able to pull this off (maybe because they had more interestingly shaped mushrooms than I did?), I did not pull it off. The magazine cover image seemed to have a variety of shades and depths of brown, whereas I ended up with one yucky shade of tan-beige-brown. But, be that as it may – I cooked the cover recipe, and this is how it turned out for me. [Read more...]