Weekend Cook and Tell: Imperfections

Welcome to our Weekend Cook and Tell where each Wednesday we turn the pages of the food sections of various national newspapers in search of inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

Do you ever flip through magazines or scroll through websites and realize how perfect all the dishes and settings look? And do you try to mimic the flawless image before you when you attempt it for yourself?

Christine Haughney, of The New York Times, features the philosophies and work of fine-art photographer and professor, Laura Letinsky, and her perspectives of supposed imperfection. Letinsky preferes to shoot half-eaten cakes and stained table-tops, rather than a scene in which it seems no human has seemed to have lived or enjoyed themselves. Her images depict emotion and a sense of real enjoyment.

Have you made a dish that didn't turn out as expected? I think it would be hard to find someone who hasn't had a "failure" of sorts that was a palate-winner but a visual-loser. Do you have a dish that you lovingly make that is meant to show off its homemade structure?

Share your imperfect perfection on Photograzing (make sure to include "Weekend Cook and Tell" in your submission title) and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. You can now also pin your creation on your Pinterest board as well. Please use the hashtag, #cookandtell, and tag us, @Serious Eats in your pin's text.

We'll post a round-up of your ideas, recipes, and experiences the following Wednesday, October 17th.


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