new work: Heirloom + Poketo for T Magazine

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

I recently started collaborating with Alissa on a series of stories for the new york times T Magazine. I’m really proud of these stories because 1) it means collaborating with Alissa, a friend and a writer whom I admire, 2) we’re covering very east side LA specific people and businesses which fills me with LA pride.

The most recent story is about another collaboration: between catering and party planning masters, Heirloom LA and style mavens and shop owners, Poketo and the street food event they threw recently. Read the whole story here.

new work: T Magazine

Friday, August 30th, 2013


Teamed up this week with the talented Alissa Walker who wrote up the brand new Moon Juice Shop in Silver Lake for T Magazine. I shot the photos and tasted all the things. And I totally approve. See and read the whole thing on T Magazine.

new work: anthology magazine

Monday, June 17th, 2013


One of my favorite shoots happened late this winter for the print magazine, Anthology. I got to collaborate with all around food genius Nicole Mournian (Chef at Gjelina Take away, winner of all things pie related and spectacular human being) on a beautiful outdoor entertaining story styled by Justina Blakeny (an equally talented and intimidating designer and color genius). We spent the day together prepping (and documenting) a fresh, beautiful, delicious dinner party in honor of Nicole’s birthday.





In the issue, Nicole shares recipes and stories about some of her favorite easy dishes: a perfect roast chicken, strawberry rhubarb pie, deviled eggs. See a preview of the issue right here or subscribe here. And you might remember I shot a home feature in Anthology’s very first issue.

cortez + edible selby

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012






Cortez is finally open and it feels like it’s been here forever. Marta and Robert of Cookbook have been working on the restaurant for a while now promising a neighborhood spot for simple delicious food and a menu that changes daily based on what’s at the market. And that’s already what it feels like: a great local spot to drop by and run into friends, have a bite, have a drink. Eventually they’ll be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but for now they’re open for dinner every day. I stopped by earlier in the week and had a tasty selection of small plates and the highlight: Basque Cake. A custardy vanilla cake that is moist and simple and amazing.

Stopped by again for the Edible Selby event on sunday night (and ran into two of my favorite people). Was happy to see Todd representing in true cat lady style. It was an evening of small plates, grenache, casual vibes and good company. So looking forward to making cortez a weekly hang out. Like maybe it’s my new baco mercat.

kouign amann

Thursday, July 12th, 2012





A homemade kouign aman from good friends. An incredible layering of butter, sugar and the resulting caramelization. Heaven. Find a recipe here.

Leila’s in London

Monday, November 21st, 2011

When I was in London, Abby and I stumbled across Leila’s while checking out design stores in Shoreditch. Something about it called to us. And even though we had just finished an indulgent lunch, we decided to take a seat and be at Leila’s for a while.

It took a while to even figure out how to order. Who to order from. What to get. We ended up with ‘milky coffees’. Delicious and made me jittery with caffeine.


Leila’s feels like walking into a friend’s house. Where’s the cash register? Am I allowed in the kitchen? Do you work here or are you hanging out? I was shy about taking out the big camera in such an intimate space. I finally asked permission to take photos and was directed to Leila herself, sitting at the big communal table about 3 feet from me. She happily obliged and I tried my best to snap some pictures without looking like paparazzi.




Loved the modern green stools with the farmhouse table. And loved how people kept coming in and out and sitting with Leila-employees? friends? Who knows.



The kitchen was right out in the open so you could see everything being prepared (like our milky coffees), it was so familiar and warm.


It was raining out and getting dark and I honestly could have stayed there all afternoon. Instead we left and discovered that Leila also runs a small grocery store right next door:





They cracked some cobnuts for us because we had no idea what they were. Still don’t. But they were delicious.


This was one of those afternoons that came out of nowhere and was one of the highlights of the trip. We were supposed to rush around seeing all kinds of things. Instead we sat and felt cozy and warm and, oddly, at home.

breakfast

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Of course Jon and Tyke had this elegant little snack set up for me when I was shooting their amazing house (more to come soon). I am so jealous of their golden spoons.

Lots of fun changes around here are coming. Morgan came over and applied her styling genius to my house and tweaked things just so. Now I feel like an adult living in an adult space. Will share those pics soon. In the meantime, I’m going all rancho relaxo this weekend, hope you are too.

brussels sprouts + bacon

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I ate this 3 times this week. It’s too good and too easy. Chopped brussels sprouts, pre-cooked bacon from trader joes, a little olive oil, a little chopped garlic, pepper.

orange infused campfire cake

Monday, January 31st, 2011

I heart debbie carlos, a great photographer with a great blog that chronicles her food adventures including this amazing cake baked inside a hollowed out orange cooked on a campfire. With the spring approaching, I can’t wait to make this on the next camping trip.

See her etsy shop here and her blog: Weekend here.

Image: Debbie Carlos.

new food photo gallery

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Speaking of food, there’s a new gallery of images in my portfolio on laurejoliet.com. I’ve added my favorite food photos from the past year, all in one place. I’m finding that food is becoming one of my favorite things to shoot, go figure. (I’m still waiting to see if I ever like shooting people.)

And for those that are curious, here are the recipes that went into some of the photos:
Blackberry Bourbon Slumps (pictured above)
Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake
French Madeleines
Peach and Nectarine Salad With Mint