Top 10 Tips From Delores Custer's New Food Styling 101 Guidebook

Bloggers, open your Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food For the Camera manuals to page 214. Here author Delores Custer demonstrates the coloration and yum-factor difference between cooked hamburger patties stored in vegetable oil, covered in plastic wrap, or en plein air. Still with us?

As Custer points out (in somewhat more polite more terms), to be a successful food stylist, you need to be an obsessive-compulsive type. Or at least really, really care about whether all those sesame seeds are facing the right direction on your hamburger bun. If you're happy to snap away at whatever is in your lightbox regardless of whether that brownie has four razor-edge straight sides, this book is not for you. But if you sort of do want to know why this food stylist with more than thirty years of Kraft, General Mills and Campbell's Soup shots calls mortician's wax the absolute must-have tool (it's useful for holding just about anything in place), we think shelling out the $75 $47.25 is worth it. Plus, the food styling history section, from home economics to dealing with fat free foods in the early 1990s, is fascinating (apparently "heavy spritzing" applied not just to the hair, but the food of the 1980s).

Keep reading for some of Custer's top food styling tips.

You Can Shoot It, But Can You Style It?
You Can Shoot It, But Can You Style It?
www.sweetfrenchtoast.com/

10. Sure, good old Elmer's works for Popsicle stick furniture, but it's also handy for gluing those sesame seeds back on their buns. Makes a nice drop of milk, too.

9. For that "cheese pull" look on pizza, forget the fresh stuff. Low-fat mozzarella is a must.

8. Use a heat gun, not a toaster, to toast an English muffin evenly (don't use a blow torch as you'll end up with, well, burnt toast).

7. Choose grapes with that dusty white "bloom" coating on them, then spritz with water just before shooting so they look cool and crisp.



Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >