Our Favorite Food Photos of 2015

Staff photographer Matt Taylor-Gross's choice shots

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.

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Long Beans with XO Sauce

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Long Beans with XO Sauce

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.

Grilled Octopus with Green Lentils and Romesco

The trick to getting tender, flavorful octopus is boiling it first, then marinating and grilling it. The fluffy texture of grilled octopus pairs well with green lentils. Get the recipe for Grilled Octopus with Green Lentils and Romesco »

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.

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

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 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 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

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.

Rabarberbitar

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.

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.

Lose Your Shoes Cocktail

Lose Your Shoes Cocktail