food styling for the boston globe

things have been a little crazy this semester.

taking a course on meat, which has me reading all kinds of books that cause me to seriously analyze my eating preferences. working as a graduate assistant, which means becoming a social media guru and editing our gastronomy blog for the program. trying to finish up my thesis project, which involves turning still life paintings from centuries past into modern food photographs. and, since this isn’t enough, planning a three-month stint in budapest with my wonderful husband.

pieter claesz painting on left, my photograph on right

needless to say, i’m a little sleepy, and a lot overwhelmed, but it’s been an amazing few months. and last week, i had the absolutely incredible opportunity to work as a food styling assistant for the boston globe’s thanksgiving photo shoot, alongside food editor and my thesis advisor, sheryl julian. i got to do all of the shopping and prep, making tons of different dishes and carting them to the shoot, where i was able to help the photographer, cook, and style food all day. it was absolutely fantastic.

and the photos? don’t even get me started. each of these recipes are delicious, but my personal favorites are the turkey (so tender and flavorful, and really easy to do), the chutney (your whole house smells like the holidays when you make this), and the super creamy soup (this dish is just to die for). check out these reader-submitted recipes on the food section’s front page – and, because i’m just about bursting with pride over my first official job as a food stylist – check out my name under the photos. hooray!

moist roast turkey
butternut-cauliflower soup with yogurt and toasted pepitas
mashed turnip casserole
cranberry-orange chutney
‘meat-ticket’ squash bake
pumpkin cheesecake 

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