If you ever get the chance to chat with Denise about her work as a food stylist, both in and out Hollywood, I highly recommend it. I worked on this book as a project editor, and I can tell you there wasn’t near enough space to share all of her hilarious stories. This book is more of a reference for food professionals, but it’s great for those wanting to learn how to make food photos and blogs more appetizing. And I promise, you’ll never look at mashed potatoes or shortening the same way again.

Acclaimed food stylist Denise Vivaldo shares the tips and secrets of the trade with cooks who want to become master stylists. It takes a steady hand to arrange the chocolate curls and drizzle the caramel sauce in elaborate designs on top of that sumptuous tiered cake. Whether for food blogs, television, books, magazines, movies, menus, or advertising, food stylists and photographers learn to slice, plate, tweak, and arrange so the dish becomes less a bit of food and more the work of an artisan.

Denise Vivaldo has been a food stylist in Los Angeles for twenty-five years. Originally a professionally trained chef catering in Hollywood, Vivaldo was discovered by Aaron Spelling and putto work on his television shows building food presentations for the camera. Her company, Food Fanatics, styles food for cookbooks, packaging, television, and film. The Food Stylist’s Handbook is her sixth book.

 

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