As we were editing our latest book, The Way We Cook (Weldon Owen, 2012), we were struck by our photographers' engaging images of people cooking in the kitchen and sitting around the table with family and friends. The pictures that appear on the book's pages (some of which are shown here) capture the spirit of the moment and the meal itself. indeed, photographs of food—especially dishes made throughout generations—tell us the story of the people who cook and eat them. The images of these dishes are not simply mouthwatering; they serve an emotional purpose, bringing to life a memory in much the same way a spoonful of your mother's cranberry sauce, an old recipe in a family scrapbook, or the smell of onions frying in the kitchen might. Photographs help us hold on to resonant moments and the flavors that shape them. With that in mind, we thought it appropriate to the holidays to share some of our techniques for photographing food in a memorable way. Our hope is that you can use them during your own celebrations to capture cherished culinary traditions.