May 20

CLEAN START Photo shoot – Day 2!

…cooking…shooting…cooking…shooting…sneaking a taste…cooking…shooting…

It was non-stop on our second day with constant set-checks from one side of the studio to the other, two recipes at a time, and many decisions about angles, props, colors, texture…. The results brought tears to my eyes, but you’ll have to wait to see for yourself! In the meantime, I’d like to introduce you to just a handful of the people who are making this week so incredible and unforgettable.

Our photographers – Andrea Gentl and Marty Hyers. Andrea is pictured here contemplating a shot with food stylist Heidi Johannsen Stewart and with Marty below. These are the masters whose talent and vision are capturing the very essence of clean food – simple, easy and delicious. Their calm, warmth and creativity have set the tone for this entire week, and it is truly a pleasure and an honor to work with them all. Wow.



Along with Heidi, there are more cooks in the kitchen – Molly and Emma – and together they are juggling recipe after recipe with just two tables, a small electric range, a small sink and two jam-packed refrigerators. I swear, somewhere in this picture is a square foot of workspace! They make it look so easy, and there are multiple recipes and platings in the make in this picture!


There’s Meredith who is a wiz on the computer, captures everything in perfect focus, and jumps back and forth from shot to shot, from close-up to multiple pages of spreads and more.


There’s Helen Crowther who has furnished us with endless tables of pottery and props, linens and surfaces to make each picture perfect. Kacy and Rob, Alpha and even Will who stopped by and saved the day when the computer needed his magic touch.

And the creative team behind both CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START – my dear friends and partners, Andrew Brown and Kurt MacKenzie of MacKenzie Brown Design. I couldn’t ask for a better design team or friends. Thank you Andy and Kurt for making the process as enjoyable and rewarding as the outcome.



The day also saw a host of visitors including friends and family (from both my personal and publishing family). And of course, a delectable lunch at Otto where Mario Batali stopped by to say hello and in an uncharacteristic moment I became speechless and unable to ask for a picture. Darn!

That’s all for now. Lots of photography yet to shoot, so back to the cameras…

Smile pretty!

Eat Clean Live Well!

Terry Walters



  1. Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    This is so interesting! Who knew what went into the making of a cookbook?! Thanks so much for sharing your adventure.

  2. Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  3. Posted June 8, 2010 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Hey Fed – I’m glad you discovered my site and thanks for your comments. I owe everyone an apology as my next book has consumed my full attention and I’ve fallen behind on blogging. Thanks for your patience and a new blog (and resumed regular posting) is coming soon!

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