I suppose I am like any good recipe -- many different parts mixed very well.
I am half Italian and half Norwegian.
I had a double major in college -- English and music.
I am a classical musician who rarely listens to it offstage;
I prefer jazz and funk.
I am a chameleon.
I can make my presence known or I can be mute and invisible.
When I am mute and invisible, I am a photographer.
I love any camera, and have no greater passion than to shoot food.
I most admire the food photography of Irving Penn, Noel Barnhurst,
Roland Bello, Maria Robledo, Thayer Gowdy, Ditte Isager and Kenji
Toma. You'll see my images throughout this blog.
I didn't know much about food, nor could I cook for thirty years.
My crowning achievement during that time was setting my first Thanksgiving turkey
on fire because I didn't know there was a giblet bag in the cavity that needed to be taken out.
We had spaghetti for Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings.
Now I cook very well, and love doing so.
I've jumped into the food blog waters because I started it when I lived in Santa Rosa, CA, the heart of wine country north of San Francisco. The Bay Area is one of the great food Meccas in the world; now I'm exploring another northern one, in Traverse City, Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the World. It's got a lot of San Francisco in it -- big water, verdant farmland, clean air, and a plethora of chefs!
No matter where I live, however, blogging about and photographing food is a process that leads me to be a better thinker, shopper, cook, diner. And a better communicator -- a conduit through which means meet their ends.
(All photographs copyright 2015 Kristin Halgedahl Photography)