Our Favorite Food Photos of 2015

Staff photographer Matt Taylor-Gross’s choice shots

By Matt-Taylor Gross

Published on December 30, 2015

As SAVEUR's staff photographer, there's rarely a day that I'm not shooting something in our studio or on location. But as I look back through my archives of thousands of photos from the past year, here are the images that stand out the most.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallions
Bacon-Wrapped Scallions

This was a dish I shot for our Italian comfort food book, where I had a lot of creative freedom during the shoots. The test kitchen and I got to collaborate on the styling for this dish.

Mama J
Mama J

Mama J, who I met in Jamaica on assignment, is an incredible woman. An amazing cook, a generous host, and a great subject to photograph.

Hand Pies
Nectarine and Blueberry Hand Pies

These pies sell themselves, so my only goal with this photo was to bring you as close to their gorgeous, crusty details as possible.

Russian Ramen
Russian Ramen

Our associate photo editor Allie told me this was her favorite photo of mine, a modern shot for a modern take on traditional ramen.

Smoked Trout
Smoked Trout with Grilled Asparagus

The char of grilled asparagus and the zest of fresh dill blend to make a distinctive, lively, spring-time sauce for stove-top smoked trout. Get the recipe for Smoked Trout with Grilled Asparagus »

Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Tomato and Cucumber Salad With Fennel Dressing

Tomatoes and cucumbers are a classic combination. Here, Eli Sussman of the Sussman Brothers modernizes the summer staple with heirloom varieties of the titular ingredients and brings them together with a caramelized fennel–lemon dressing. Get the recipe for Tomato and Cucumber Salad With Fennel Dressing »

Turtle Fishing
Turtle Fishing

For our October issue I went down to Virginia to photograph the dying practice of turtle-hunting. Ricky Crouch is a natural at it, and can practically snatch turtles from the water in one swoop.


I don’t get too shoot things like candy that often, so this Scandinavian sweet was a nice change, a chance to make something graphic, bright, and pop-art-like.

Carrot Tartare
Behind the Scenes at Eleven Madison Park

I was blown away by the carrot tartare course at Eleven Madison Park, and my goal here was simply to capture all the intricate components of the dish and show how nicely they’re arranged.

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