Photographing for the New Cookbook Culture

February 17, 2017

By Rebecca Robertson

© Johnny Autry

Johnny Autry wanted the images in Victuals: An Appalachian Journey to have “that notion of shadow” specific to Appalachia, where the daylight in valleys is limited. He photographed on location, making shots of the region’s landscapes.

“People have been buying a lot of cookbooks,” says Antonis Achilleos, a New York-based still life photographer who has shot close to two dozen cookbooks in the past decade. “Cookbooks have been such a great success because food and chefs have been the rock stars of this generation.” Popular titles range from lavishly illustrated collections of recipes from well-known restaurant...

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