When you get down to basics, we are all just trying to get to the next meal. Food is central to everything. It nourishes us. It satisfies us. We love it. We hate it. We abuse it. We cherish it.

I am no studio photographer, and I certainly never apply petroleum jelly to a turkey to make it look good. Yuck! But I enjoy photographing food and find beauty in what we eat.

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