Summer Recipes with Christopher Baker and Real Simple
Armed with summer's best and freshest offerings, Real Simple offers delicious and effortless 3-ingredient recipes in their August issue. Christopher Baker continues his collaboration with the magazine, shooting the cover, feature story, and a new section called "Secretly Simple." The feature story "3 Ingredient Summer Recipes" opens with elegantly plated raw ingredients. Prop stylist Jeffrey Miller set the plates on backgrounds of varying shades of white, off-white, and blue-grey, making a clean grid.
Each plate's contents gives the reader a clue as to what's in store on the following pages where the finished dishes are revealed. Comments Baker on the raw ingredient grid concept, "It gives the reader something to think about - it's a little bit of a puzzle for them, to figure out what's what. Visually, I thought it'd be more striking than continually shooting close-ups."
Baker had the pleasure of working with Susan Spungen, the food stylist for the film Julie and Julia and the upcoming Eat, Pray, Love. While movie sets and food advertising shoots are known to use tricks of the trade, all of the food at the Real Simple shoot was left in its natural state. Spungen and Baker worked quickly under the hot HMI lights to capture the right composition and look before the food melted. Using the HMI lights allowed Baker to replicate the feel of a clean, natural light.
Baker drew on his years of experience working with chefs such as renowned French master Georges Blanc on food projects. Says Baker, "Working with the high-caliber of chefs over the years has given me a lot more knowledge about food than anything else." Real Simple seems to agree, as Baker will shoot the new food section "Secretly Simple" for the next six issues. Look for the August issue on newsstands now.
Publication: Real Simple
Date: August, 2010
Story: 3 Ingredient Summer Recipes, Secretly Simple
Art Director: Cybele Grandjean
Prop Stylist: Jeffrey Miller
Food Stylist: Susan Spungen
Photography: Christopher Baker>