Keynote speaker Darra Goldstein, editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, discussed the social and cultural commentary of food images. Other prominent speakers included Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise and the “Mad Scientist” on the Food Network’s Good Eats, and Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, and the photography team from Gourmet magazine. In addition to the unique programming, one evening featured a lobster boil prepared by noted chef Jasper White.
That was in 2007. I bet the upcoming conference to be held this June will be a knockout.
I can’t even hold a camera straight so I’m totally in awe of all this.
The words of De Gaulle come to mind: One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.
I just wonder how professional food photographers and stylists manage to impose unity on all the different foods that exist, aside from making them sit still and smile nicely for the camera!