The tricky part about food blogging is that they’re writing about a subject whose two primary sensory experiences—taste and smell—can’t be replicated on the web. They can do sight, though, so if they really want to try and convey as much of the experience as possible, it’s up to food writers to take pictures of their food. Lots and lots of pictures.
Adam Roberts of The Amateur Gourmet has gone a bit further than that at times, not only taking photos and video, but organizing them into humorous comics. They appear to be assembled using the Comic Book Creator program, consisting of photos he’s taken, captions and dialog bubbles, as well as the occasional YouTube video interlude.
He’s done about five of these, and I have to say my favorite is the Alain Ducasse one, for its humor and panel layout, but also because I believe it possesses the strongest narrative arc. Though if you’re interested in food photography your best bet is his account of eating at El Bulli, the best restaurant in the world, because he took the time to photograph and describe all thirty courses.
The full menu:
- Baltimore Crabs
- Me vs. Larb Gai at Rhong Tiam
- Blue Hill Stone Barns (My New Favorite Restaurant)
- Chutzpah, Truffles, and Alain Ducasse
- Dinner at El Bulli: The Greatest Restaurant in the World