Behind The Scenes

VOLT Ink Cookbook

Remember when I posted this pic showing my house as we packed up for our Transatlantic move from LA to London? Well, all those plates weren’t actually ours. As well as moving I was in the middle of a few prop styling jobs. I like a little chaos to keep me on my toes.

One of them was the last cookbook I styled, VOLT ink by the Voltaggio Brothers (the brothers were winner and runner up of Top Chef’s sixth season).  This beautiful book was produced by Weldon Owen and came out not too long ago.

With some cleaning and some gorgeous photography by Ed Anderson some of those plates ended up looking like this:

It was the first time I’d ever had to provide dishes only (no cutlery) for a shoot. It was simple and sort of modern and rustic with some really nice moody, dark tones as well. It certainly makes the food pop.

And it’s making me hungry.

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  • Reply Nick C 3 February 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Hey Emily,
    Have the cookbook and loved the styling. Do you know where the plates come from?

  • Reply Emily Henson 3 February 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Hi Nick,

    I rented some of the plates from Heath, and some from other prop houses in LA, including my friend Matt Armendariz who writes the blog, Mattbites and very kindly let me raid his amazing prop collection. Others I found at second-hand/junk shops and some were provided by the author.

    Glad you liked the book.

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