Photo Shoot

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 in Hiroko's Blog

Last Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the 14th, we did much awaiting photo shoots for my third book – still the title of the book has not been finalized ! Our team members were Tim Lynch, Executive Art Director of Andrews McMeel Publishing, Frances Janisch, photographer, Micael Pederson, Food Stylist and his assistant Tracy, Jody Kivort, Digital technician, Tammy Schoenfeld, Prop stylist assistant, Anna Yeung and Jennifer Batts as my kitchen assistants and Hiroko Shimbo. Here are few photos from the shoot. This book is very different from my previous two books. It is all about how to enjoy preparing new dishes using Japanese flavors, Japanese cooking techniques and ingredients which you love. Sake braised short-ribs, rice cooked with chorizo and shrimp (takikomi-gohan), sukiyaki in American kitchen (using not thinly sliced beef but large steak cut of meat), ginger flavored pork burger, miso smeared pork-ribs, kale salad with tofu dressing, beet and potato miso soup, white bean and sausage soup with miso, chicken rice bowl, bacon, tomato and avocado rice bowl…every dishes were beautifully photographed before disappearing to some of our stomach. There is no ridged or mystifying elements in the photos. As the photos show dishes are approachable and easy to prepare with Japanese flavors and Japanese cooking techniques in an American kitchen. You can enjoy the dishes in the book, except ramen and traditional noodle dishes, with fork and knife.