Coming up with creative ways to make food exciting and fun for the holidays is a big part of being a food stylist — and for me, getting ready for halloween is one of my favorite projects! With fall just around the corner, here's a look back at some videos and recipes that I created for Real Simple last year.
Proving yet again that it's not the holidays without some kind of gingerbread fiasco. Spread the cheer!
Featuring Zoie Omega, Jessie Damuck, Craig Hunter, Cookies by me, Music by Ava Jarden, Directed by Philip Leaman, Produced by Standard Joy and Mouth Feel
This November Vogue writer Katherine Bernard challenged me to recreate ten of her favorite looks from the 2015 Spring collections as gingerbread cookies. It was a fun project to really sink into; it took a good two days to get all the detailing on the cookies complete. These were definitely the most intricate gingerbread ladies I've ever made!
Some samples below... click over to Vogue to see them all.
Oscar de la Renta
In celebration of the return of Downton Abbey this January, Martha Stewart asked me to recreate Highclere Castle, the real-life setting of the show, in gingerbread. I worked with design director Anduin Havens and Sam Seneviratne to turn 66 pounds of flour, 11 cups of molasses, and copious amounts of sugar into the walls and windows of the façade.
You can watch a video of the process on the Martha Stewart Living site, or read about it here and here.
Each year, SELF Magazine showcases a selection of prepared foods or grocery store items that they deem healthier options compared to (heavily processed) alternatives. This year, they shook things up by commissioning a series of lifestyle shots rather than just showing the products in a lightbox. Christina Holmes, Pamela Duncan Silver and I created these images for them.
And, of course, some outtakes: