When I was growing up, my dad had a wonderful garden at our home in Pennsylvania, and we always had access to fresh vegetables in the summer. When I moved out of my parents house in the late 90s though, I chose to live in more urban areas, and while I would love to have a garden of my own, this is never possible. When I was in NYC I dreamed of having a rooftop garden, but that was never possible. When we moved to St. Louis I attempted some balcony farming, but never put the appropriate time or effort into it. Hey, it’s a balcony and I’m lazy. However, the folks at Urban Harvest STL are much more dedicated that I am to urban farming, and I was lucky enough to photograph their fabulous roof top farm located just a few blocks from my studio.
A few days before the Cardinals won the World Series, I was on assignment in Clayton at Mad Tomato photographing (among other things) their fabulous Salsiccia pizza for Sauce magazine. I am a huge pizza fan and have been making it at home for quite some time now. My version of a salsiccia pizza is pretty damn tasty but I don’t have a 700 degree oven to bake it in. And of course I learned the most valuable pizza lesson ever: much like bacon, an egg on top makes almost everything better.
Yes. In addition to the delicious crust, sauce, sausage and cheese, they break an egg onto the middle of the pizza right before it goes into the oven. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before, but it makes delicious sense. Pizza is delicious, eggs are delicious, so it should be no surprise that it is not only beautiful but rich and decadent and tasty as well. Yum.
Mad Tomato has a lot of other great dishes as well, so I’m sure it’s going to be a regular stop for us (although we aren’t in Clayton very often). For more photos and information, read the full review of Mad Tomato from Sauce Magazine
Jonathan is also a food photographer in St. Louis. He publishes a food blog called Shoot To Cook which features his recipes and experimentations in the kitchen. Check out his portfolio for some of his recent work as well as the samples below.
This is a gallery of some on his recent work.
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Got a food photography project that needs a photographer? Jonathan would love to be involved! If you’re interested in booking Jonathan for a job check out the contact page.