We're highlighting local and regional bloggers we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Meet today's featured bloggers and blog:
As a professional photographer, my connection with subjects has often started in the kitchen. In graduate school, I did my thesis project on the Colonias of Texas, underdeveloped communities along the Texas border with Mexico. Many of these communities are home to undocumented people who live in sub-standard conditions with no running water, electricity or sewage. The first place people would invite me into was their kitchen offering me something to drink and eat. I found that food was a common ground between people of different cultures, backgrounds and influences, no matter where I was.
I like to think that this project laid the groundwork for the photography I do today. I am a freelance magazine photographer and a Senior Contributing photographer for Saveur magazine, a magazine that celebrates the community and culture that happens around food. They have sent me to 30 countries on food assignments over the past five years including an assignment to photograph Iraqi male refugees in Lebanon who hold on to their culture by cooking for each other. I am also a contributing photographer to National Geographic, Martha Stewart Living and various other nationally circulated publications.
I started my personal photography, travel and food blog, "Appetite," after countless friends and people I’d meet on assignment would ask me about the most exciting country I’d visited or what culture has the most interesting food. I felt a blog would be a way to share my experiences on assignments and explore these questions.
My hope for the blog is that people will be inspired outside their immediate surroundings, learn about new cultures and foods, and maybe even pack a bag, grab their cameras and explore the world outside for themselves.
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