Last November, I met up with a team of photographers, stylists, editors, and assistants at Eagles Nest studio in New York to shoot the pictures for this book. It was a peak experience—the best of my career. Writing a cookbook is such a solitary process—just you in the kitchen or at the computer, cooking and writing away. To walk into the studio and see a whole team of people working on my food…it took my breath away.
My presence there was probably more a favor to me than anything else. Other than helping with the props and doing a little bit of cooking, I did very little. Food stylists Michael Pederson and Tracy Keshani did most of the cooking. Squire Fox took the photos. These photos are so tough to get right, it’s best to leave it to the pros. I mostly organized the 59 different varieties of apples that I had collected for the shoot, and lined them up for their beauty shots. I also took photos of the photo-taking. Forgive the poor quality of my late, unlamented Droid’s images.