Photography with Mark Bittman and Purple Carrot

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.

Purple Carrot with Mark Bittman

Purple Carrot with Mark Bittman

New Story For Bon Appetit!

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

Aya Brackett


James Beard Award for my Bitter book!!

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 HEREAya Brackett

Remodelista Story about Izakaya Rintaro

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




Cherry Bombe Chooses Bitter as one Season’s Best Cookbooks!

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.

Aya Brackett




Selected for American Photography Annual Book!!

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!

See HERE for the slideshow of winners and HERE to order the book.Aya Brackett

First Prize in PDN Taste Food Photography Contest

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!!

Click HERE to see the contest winners and click HERE to buy Bitter (Ten Speed Press, 2014)

PDN Award

Anthology Story About Silvia Song

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 tearsheetsAya Brackett

Tiny Atlas Quarterly Water Issue

My friend and Oakland neighbor, Emily Nathan, has been working hard to create Tiny Atlas Quarterly, an online and print travel publication featuring inspiring travel images by some amazing photographers and illustrators. Emily started this magazine as a personal project and has invited many artists to contribute and collaborate. I was excited to have some of my photos featured in the Places section and Portraits section.  You can buy the print version of the magazine or find in stores.


My Bitter book is out in bookstores!

I am so excited that my cookbook Bitter is finally out in stores on Sept. 16th! Ten Speed Press was great to work with and gave me a lot of creative freedom to visually interpret the idea of bitterness, a compelling topic with lots of my favorite foods including tea, coffee, cocoa, greens and citrus. There has been some good press already including stories by the  Wall Street Journal , NPR, Huffington PostSlate, Gardenista and Boing Boing. To see a few more spreads from the book, click HERE.
Aya BrackettBitter : Ten Speed Press