Drawing Food & Snapn Food: New Books Help You Document Your Dinner

Want to up your Instagram game or find a new creative outlet? Perhaps you've spent all day cooking a gorgeous meal and are eager to show your dinner to the world. Or maybe you're inspired by the beautiful shapes and colors at the farmers' market. In any case, here are two new books to help food lovers explore their passion through drawing and photography. 

Drawing Food: A Journal

Who wrote it: Claudia Pearson

Who published it: Chronicle Books

 Highlights: We love illustrator Claudia Pearson's tea towels, calendars, and totes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables. Now she's encouraging others to pick up a pencil and explore the shapes, colors, and textures of food. "There is no right or wrong way to draw," Pearson says, and this guided sketchbook is really an invitation to slow down, set aside some "me" time, and have fun. 

In the first part of the journal, Pearson shares techniques for drawing fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy, bread and sweets, and kitchen objects. The second half of the book contains an entire year's worth of weekly prompts such as "in the farmers' market right now," "a recipe I made this week," and "my favorite pots and pans." We can just imagine how much fun it would be to flip through at the end of the year. 

Who would enjoy this book? food lovers and artists of all ages and skill levels; would also make a great gift with a set of drawing pencils 

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Drawing Food: A Journal

Visit the author's website: Claudia Pearson

Snapn Food: Delicious Food Photography in a Snap

Who wrote it: Paul O'Hanlon and Kelly Kingman

Who published it: Darren Rowse/Digital Photography School

 Highlights: Want to get started or improve your food photography? Whether you're shooting with a fancy digital camera or a cell phone, this mini-guide will help you capture beautiful and interesting images at home and on location.

Authors Paul O'Hanlon and Kelly Kingman have lots of experience in professional photography and food, yet their tips and techniques are accessible enough for anyone to understand and implement. Topics in the 38-page PDF include basic gear, food photography styles, lighting, props, angles, composition, styling, and more. Easy to read and packed with information, this is something you can immediately put to use and then return to time and again. 

Who would enjoy this book? people who enjoy (or want to get started) photographing the food they cook or eat, bloggers, food business owners 

Visit the authors' websites: Beacon Lightworks & Kelly Kingman Media

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(Images: Emily Ho)

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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel

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