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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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A Friend In Pie: Aran Goyoaga

There are some food photographers whose style is so unique, so distinct that as soon as you see an image, you instantly recognize it as their own. I’ve long found this to be true of Australian photographer Petrina Tinslay (especially her work with Donna Hay) and, often, the food travel photography of Keiko Oikawa. The same can be said of photographer/stylist/blogger/author/mama/all-around-amazing-lady Aran Goyoga.

I mean, just look at the photos from her recent food photography and styling workshop in Whistler! Every image Aran takes shows both perfection and humanity, all at once. There’s the exquisite light, and the candid feel, like she has some special license, some meeting of the minds with the natural world to show them at their best, if they accommodate her needs.

Each time she posts a recipe, I want to make it. Every thoughtfully selected serving plate, every beautifully displayed linen, every artfully arranged red currant or tiny tart makes me want to shout “YES!” and break into both fist pumps and happy dances. Aran knows how to show the inherent beauty in, well, everything, because, really, there’s beauty everywhere, if you know how to attune your eyes to it, as she clearly does.

Aran was one of the gracious 8 bloggers that contributed a recipe to A Year of Pies. Her winter-focused Gluten-Free Pear and Hazelnut Frangipane Tart, first featured on her award-winning blog Cannelle et Vanille, is an absolute beauty. I bet that photo made you want to go pull out a tart pan, pulverize some almonds, and make the tart yourself, didn’t it? I told you-she’s that good.

Thank you, Aran, for your recipe and your support of A Year of Pies! Readers, do yourself a favor and subscribe to Aran’s blog. Pre-order her upcoming book, too. Your eyes, and belly, will be forever grateful.

*Image from Karen Mordechai Photography.

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