Friday Flashback – The Food Stylist’s Handbook and Food Styling Workshops

Today’s flashback is a look at The Food Stylist’s Handbook: Hundreds of Tips, Tricks, and Secrets for Chefs, Artists, Bloggers, and Food Lovers by Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan. Denise and her team are the stylists to the stars and this book is an updated paperback version of her 2010 classic. Denise also was a busy caterer in Los Angeles and rumor has it she has been working on a memoir, I will be first in line to buy it!

Denise and Cindie are very generous with their time and knowledge. The Food Stylist Handbook Group on Facebook is a place where budding food stylists and photogs can share their work and receive advice. As we are all having great fun uploading our photographs here at Eat Your Books and in our cookbook club, I thought it would be a great idea to share the girls’ group and information about their workshops. I think the photos that our members share are fantastic, but if you are like me you are always looking for ways to master a skill.

The handbook shares the tips and secrets of the trade with cooks who want to become master stylists or take a photo of pasta that doesn’t look like the entrails from the Loch Ness Monster, like my pasta dishes always turn out. Not a budding food professional, no problem there is plenty of knowledge to take away from this book even for the home cook. Want to present a special showstopper dessert or main course on the holiday table, this book is the resource for you. 

Denise and Cindie have a weekend workshop coming up in March of 2018 in Monrovia, California and information on that workshop can be found below which shows how the weekend is laid out . Information can also be found on their website. Girls come to Denver for a workshop weekend!

I recommend picking up a copy of this book if you want to level up your plating and styling game even if only for your own personal gratification. Put down the sprigs of parsley and pick up The Food Stylist’s Handbook: Hundreds of Tips, Tricks, and Secrets for Chefs, Artists, Bloggers, and Food Lovers.



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