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Food Stylist's Handbook, The Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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In this weighty manual by Denise Vivaldo, longtime Los Angeles food stylist and food -styling business owner, aims to educate prospective food stylists about the industry. The book mostly focuses on the business aspects of the industry, such as what is expected at a styling job for a magazine image versus a television cooking show.
Vivaldo teaches readers how to write a press release, business plan, and contract of work. One hundred pages of the book do contain food-styling instructions. Bacon, for example, should be arranged across a wire rack or weaved on a wooden skewer before cooking to achieve a crispy, curled look. Salads should be arranged leaf by leaf. Make coffee appear hot by spooning detergent bubbles into the cup, and always make your own "ice cream" with a recipe of shortening, powered sugar, and corn starch. Although the styling section is interesting, the tricks used to make a food look appetizing are useless if the stylist does not know how to prepare the food item in the first place. Therefore, this book is best for a person who is already has a high competency in culinary arts.(Megan Just Sacramento Book Review 2011-12-09)
From the Inside Flap
"What a successful food stylist does is help produce a photo that sells a dream, brand, product, sandwich, plate, lifestyle, chef, or restaurant. We style everything and anything connected to food. Think of it this way: every picture tells and sells a story."
The secret world of food styling comes into focus in this handbook for chefs, artists, and food lovers who want to make the transition to food styling. Learn how to turn banal food into ambrosia before the camera's eye. Master the tricks of the trade to keep food looking fresh and mouth-wateringly delicious, even after hours on the set.
Denise Vivaldo has been a food stylist in Los Angeles for twenty-five years. Originally a professionally trained chef catering in Hollywood, Vivaldo was discovered by Aaron Spelling and put to work on his television shows building food presentations for the camera. Her company, Denise Vivaldo Group, Inc., styles food for cookbooks, packaging, television, and film. Vivaldo won the 2010 IACP Award of Excellence for food styling. The Food Stylist's Handbook is her sixth book.
A former art director and graphic designer, Cindie Flannigan manages marketing and communications for Food Fanatics, develops and tests recipes, and styles food for film and print. She teaches food styling classes and workshops in Los Angeles through the Culinary Entrepreneurship Program, along with plating and presentation seminars through the St. Joseph Center in Venice, California.
Front cover photograph by Jon Edwards, courtesy of Bristol Farms.
Back cover photographs: left top and bottom by Jon Edwards, courtesy of Elizabeth Tenhouten; right top by and courtesy of Heather Winters; right bottom by and courtesy of Jon Edwards.
Jacket Design by Debra McQuiston
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Top Customer Reviews
This title is a reference book which you dip into on a need to know bases.
The foods presented are the ordinary kind that any worker with food will encounter. The business tips and instructions are valuable if one is serious about food styling as a profession.
Enjoy, but remember this is not a title devoted to technique and craft.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
5 years ago when I started, I looked for and used a variety of resources, but still I felt like I was sifting through snippets of information from old books and the web to determine what was truly a resource and what was no longer relevant in the age of the digital camera. And as far as the business side of things, I just winged it. It also felt like stylists were loath to reveal the secret "tricks of the trade" in print.
Not only are the tricks revealed in this book they are ILLUSTRATED!
This book has it ALL. Whether you are just starting and have questions about how to actually style food, build a kit and find clients, or you are trying to figure out how to take it to the next level, this book will help. Absolutely invaluable...buy this book and earn the money back in spades by not wasting your precious time, money and resources figuring it out yourself.
While I'm at it, take a workshop with Cindie and Denise. Cindie is a master at the craft and Denise is hilarious, warm-hearted and truly holds the value of elevating individual stylists and the industry as a whole by sharing her vast experience, knowledge and resources. My investment was returned a month later when she referred me a job in my area.