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Coolest Photos in a Cookbook

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Sure, there are a lot of cookbooks with great food and cooking technique photos. NOMA comes to mind, as does the seminal Modernist Cuisine set of books. I often pull out a volume or two, just to show a friend the photos.

But lately, I've been thumbing and rethumbing through the relatively new Marcus Samuelsson book, New American Table. The non-food shots are great.

Do you have any cookbooks you look through specifically for the photography?

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I've been wanting to eat his food for a while, Have you made anything from it yet?

I'll nominate 2 books that I don't actually own but think have great pics: Thai Street Food by David Thompson and Oaxaca al Gusto by Diana Kennedy.

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I've been wanting to eat his food for a while, Have you made anything from it yet?

Nah - I just look at the pictures :wink: .

Thai Street Food is a good one, too.

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I'll nominate 2 books that I don't actually own but think have great pics: Thai Street Food by David Thompson and Oaxaca al Gusto by Diana Kennedy.

Interesting choice to include Oaxaca al Gusto here... I own it, and to be honest I think most of the photography is quite poor by the standards of today's cookbooks. Kennedy is a great cook and a great cookbook writer, but IMO not a great photographer.

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There are some beautiful photos in Grace Young's Breath of a Wok. Some great pictures of woks (natch) and ingredients, but the pictures of people cooking, making a wok, showing off their wok/food, etc are even better. The pictures really show off one of the book's core ideas, the forging of connections between people through food and tradition.

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I very much agree with you on "Breath" its one of my favorite books both to look at and use.

ive seasoned 3 woks based on these ideas.

Love the flames coming out of those ultra-hot wok ranges.

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The El Bulli books. They don't even bother including recipes to interrupt the pictures. Recipes come on CD. At least they do in the '1998-2002' edition.

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Morimoto's book is pure food porn.


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Hmmm, maybe I enjoy the content of the pictures and how they relate the food and the culture rather than the technical aspects of the pictures. :)

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Yeah, don't get me wrong, I liked the book, I just thought the photos were clearly amateur efforts.

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I've barely begun to scratch the surface, but Notes from a Kitchen is one book that is certainly up there in the beauty of the photography. Definitely not a cookbook, but a book about chefs and their passion/obsession the artwork/photography almost overshadows the printed word.

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The Saveur Cooks Authentic __________ series, particularly the Italian one. Shame that the series seems to have petered out after only three volumes.

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