I had the chance to work on a feature story about the "State of Dinner" in the US for Better Homes and Gardens and it was satisfying to learn that ingredients like kimchi (which I devour daily), harissa, chickpea flour, and soba are now becoming common ingredients. This is what is so good about the US: interwoven culinary influences and our openness to try new foods. See more spreads from the story HERE
I spent several days photographing Mandy Aftel of Aftelier perfumes for the New York Times T Magazine and was blown away by the experience of watching and learning how Mandy creates completely non-synthetic fragrances using pristine and rare ingredients. I came away with a new appreciation of how powerful scent is and how careful alchemy can produce mind altering perfumes. Mandy and I hit it off and had such fun collaborating on this story. (And I came home after spending way too much on solid perfumes, teas and elixirs….) Click HERE to see more of the story
I had the opportunity to work with Mark Bittman, a NYT regular contributor and cookbook author, on his new plant based food delivery service called Purple Carrot. A team of us spent the week at his house, cooking, photographing and blessedly always sitting down at lunch to eat together. I was impressed that despite the agenda of rigorous recipe testing and documentation, Mark was adamant that we enjoyed ourselves. It was truly inspiring and despite my initial skepticism (I love meat!) it also made me think a lot more about the potential for a plant based food diet. Click HERE to see more images.
I shot a feature story for Bon Appetit Magazine about a Japanese izakaya in San Francisco which was especially exciting to shoot because it is about my brother's restaurant Rintaro! I am so proud that his place made it into the top 10 new US restaurants and thrilled that he and his team are getting the recognition they deserve. My father's Japanese timber framing company East Wind Inc. hand-built the interior and it feels like the Japanese home I grew up in. See more of the story HERE
It is with great excitement that over the weekend I heard the Bitter book I photographed won a James Beard Award for a single subject! Bitter was a collaboration with the thoughtful and prescient author Jennifer Mclagan, the powerhouse editor Jenny Wapner and designer Betsy Stromberg at Ten Speed Press (aka Random House), the brilliant prop stylist Amy Wilson, and talented food stylist Robyn Valarik. I am so thrilled this book was recognized by the James Beard Foundation and feel so honored – Yippee! See a few spreads from the book HERE
Last Fall my older brother, Sylvan Brackett, opened a Japanese Izakaya called Rintaro in San Francisco's Mission District. My father, Len Brackett, who owns a Japanese timber frame company called East Wind Inc. and studied in Kyoto as a temple carpenter, did all of the Japanese interior of the restaurant. I recently took some photos and Remodelista wrote a nice piece about Rintaro. It's a family effort all around and it feels like home to all of us! You can read Remodelista's story here
I'm always excited to get a copy of Cherry Bombe in the mail, and in their latest No. 4 issue I was honored to have my Bitter cookbook chosen as one of the season's best books on food! It's in very good company and thriled to be a part of the 10 chosen books. I also contributed some photos of Oakland's legendary Brown Sugar Kitchen and the issue is an all around great read. To buy a copy of Bitter, click here.
I am very excited and honored to be selected for the American Photography Annual book. 357 photos out of thousands of entries were chosen and it's exciting to be in such good company.
American Photography presents the best images by established and emerging photographers selected by an outstanding jury from thousands of entries. The collection, gathered from books, magazines, promotional and personal portfolios, offers an informed view of photography today, with images that resonate through their clearly individual point of view. American Photography is a time capsule in the making and offers a who's who in photography, with images by Luc Delahaye, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Jean Paul Goude, Lauren Greenfield, Brigitte Lacombe, Vincent Laforet, Annie Leibovitz, Martin Parr and many others.
And a photo of me and my hubs at the big party in NYC last week. We brought our 6 week old baby and she loved it too!
I am very excited and honored that my Bitter cookbook photos won first prize in PDN's food photography contest! The judges were an impressive line up of photo editors: Alex Pollack (Bon Appetit Magazine), Alice Albert (Food Network Magazine), Anya Verdugo (Kinfolk Magazine), Luise Stauss and Ayanna Quint (Modern Farmer Magazine). Yippee!!
I had the opportunity to photograph the talented woodworker Silvia Song for Anthology Magazine. Her hand turned wood bowls were impressive, but equally inspiring were her custom made tools, her tidy and efficient woodshop and her humble grace. I came home excited and ready to make things! Click HERE to see tearsheets