10 Things

by Matt on March 15, 2012

Yesterday morning’s beach run was the first time my feet have hit the pavement in running shoes in over a month. I’m looking forward to having some time to start my day with a walk or run as well as time to get back into the kitchen and cook. And yes, this is some Instagram humor.


Where do I even start?

1. Work has been a grueling, exhausting and simultaneously recharging endeavor as of late. We’ve been shooting since January 1st it seems, and the results of a very fantastic project will soon see the light of day. It was quite possibly one of the most fun I’ve had working, 12 hour shoot days notwithstanding.

2. I’ve just submitted the manuscript and images for my second book, something I’ll tell you much more about as its release date gets closer. And you always hear this, but writing a book brings the following thoughts and words to mind: exhausting, tired, beat, thrilled, having given birth, discombobulated, focused, thrill-a-minute, nervous, pensive, reflective, eye strain, wristguard, relieved. And we haven’t even begun the editing process.  Stacey, thank you more than I can say.

3. In the near future I will be on assignment in the middle of this place (see my oh-so-accurate map).  And while I was down under just 12 weeks ago, this adventure promises some very delicious and interesting moments. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

4. Speaking of assignments, we photographed a campaign for the Southeast’s Publix Markets last year that is now out in their stores. Their creative team was a dream. Literally, a dream.

5. While I’m still dreaming, let’s talk about a burger I had last weekend at Roy Choi’s Sunny Spot in Venice. Fantastic interiors that reminded me of the Bahamas, smart cocktails and fun menu design, but their burger? Oh lord their burger. I must return. P.S. Happy birthday again, Aaron!

6.  Next week begins the Cookbook Madness, but I mean madness lovingly as we being photography work on Recipe Girl’s cookbook. After that we start on Gaby’s cookbook, and no doubt the studio will be filled with delicious food, tables and tables of props and new surfaces, as well as a battle between 80’s Pandora (me) and Adam’s Belle & Sebastian playlist. And if you haven’t stopped by, yes, we’ve expanded our studio space by double.

7.  Workshops will be happening. Very soon. Early registration will go to those on my workshop list but I will certainly make sure to let you know about it, too. And with the new additional space we’ll have room for even more creativity and shooting. And an extra kitchen, too.



8. I am loving Wayfare Magazine. Loving. I’m going to nag them until I can work with them. I’ll let you know how that goes.

9. If there’s no rain this Saturday (which might cause postponement), I’ll be speaking with authors and writers Jeanne Kelley, Amy Scattergood, Jenn Garbee and Joseph Shuldiner at LitFest Pasadena. The panel, Cookbooks In The Age Of Epicurious, promises to be extremely informative. I’m really looking forward to spending time with such fantastic folks.


10. Life gets crazy and we all try to do too much. Take a break and give someone a hug and tell them that you love and need them.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks March 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

Congrats to you on finishing your book (well, before the edits)!!!! And congrats to Lori and Gaby and you and Adam for all collaborating on their books and photography projects. How fun!

Workshops…can’t wait to hear more details!

And enjoy your trip; you deserve it!!!

Terry C March 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

Love it when you get philosophical, love seeing aspects of your life, and especially appreciate your many reminders to speak and demonstrate our love to the people who are important to us. Thanks so much. It’s wonderful that you have been able to build such a creative life with Adam.

Celeste March 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

Love your blog, love your photos, love that you share it with me/us.

Lilian March 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

You can draw Australia much better than I can and I’m from there! Except you left off Tasmania. :-)

Are you travelling North-South on The Ghan?

Nic@diningwithastud March 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Naww Im totally gonna hug someone today haha. Looks like you are SO busy but it is a great job you have ;)

Donna March 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

You’re coming to Adelaide? Adelaide? My head just exploded! How long will you be here. Do you need a guide? Helper monkey? Driver? I’m your girl! Our fresh food market is one of the best. I love it there, you guys would too. So excited that you may be in my home town. Let me know if you need anything. Sooooo happy that you have written another book-will be buying it for sure. D

Brittany March 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Great post! Hugs and kisses from the balcony!
PS-I Love Publix! I shopped there my entire life growing up in Fla.!

Rachel Jane March 18, 2012 at 2:59 am

I love the action shot above – so immersed in the scene!

The Teacher Cooks March 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I cannot wait to see the cookbooks!!

Karista's Kitchen March 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Love the post Matt, and so excited to see the books! I especially loved #10. Wise words.

Renee March 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hey, you’re coming to Darwin! Wicked as. That’s where I live! Not a great deal to see/do – it’s hot and humid so the aircon is a must, but the people are friendly and the markets are a must. Visit the Parap and the Rapid Creek Markets, on a Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Cannot wait for all those exciting announcements, especially the workshop. I want to stay in your expanded studio!

michelle March 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

HI Matt!
I’m from australia and a food writer – I can help with your trip!!
let me know dude!!

Full-Flavored Life March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

#10 :)

Paola March 23, 2012 at 5:16 am

Waiting for the cookbook … I keep watching your posts. thanks

Ethan March 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Only you can make your hectic schedule look so artistic and beautiful. Can’t wait to hear and see more of you adventures!

Steve March 28, 2012 at 12:15 am

You, sir, are amazing. You inspire me constantly and you have this energy about you that makes me just… want to be involved with you guys. You’re so cool!

Well done on all of your accomplishments. I’m always excited to see what else you have coming up!

Shellie's Butcher March 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love your pictures. They are so inspiring!
Also, I want to hear more about this burger in Venice! Sounds amazing.

Broderick March 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Wow! There’s a lot going on in your world. Huge congrats on the expansion & all of the great work coming your way. Something tells me if I ever make it out to LA to visit I’ll have to peek into the studio to get some M&A time.

P.S. LOVE your branding/stationery!

Fullflavoredlife April 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’m excited to see the cookbooks! Love your photography.

Culinary Cory April 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

Busy guy! Sounds like you’re having a blast.

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