Mon 27 Sep 2010
I’m not much of a fan of cooking what I have to photograph. Usually I have a chef or a stylist working with me to do it right. But I really enjoyed cooking these simple hoe cakes for a Mount Vernon cookbook shoot.
Hoe cake, or Johnnycake, dates back to the 18th century. It is a flat griddle cake made with cornmeal and flour. For the final cookbook images, we shot them on a platter with ham in the garden.
This is the piazza at Mount Vernon that faces the Potomac River. The Washingtons used to hang out there. Nice place, huh? Isaac and I got to stay overnight in the house amidst portraits of many, many well-known historic houseguests! That way we could be up with the birds, fresh and ready to catch the very best moment of morning light for a cookbook shot. Sunrise at Mount Vernon—It just doesn’t get more beautiful than that!