NOTHING DEMONSTRATES CULTURAL nuances like local food. Before digital photography, only the most attractive and well-plated food was photographed, and it was only for advertising or memory keeping. Now food is photographed constantly regardless of attractiveness, and oftentimes even the most beautiful food is rendered disgusting and unappetizing if photographed in the wrong way. Google “Martha Stewart gross food photography” and you’ll see that even a revered designer and influencer can make good food look like reconstituted, poisonous swill.

Thanks to celebrities like Martha and other cell-phone photographers ...

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