Welcome to Foodesigns. I'm Lisa Golden Schroeder & these are my personal, highly indulgent, and probably not so unique kitchen stories. But this year, 2018, promises to be an especially adventuresome year. I’ve shared the release of my new book (produced with fantastic colleagues) and now that it’s holiday gift-giving time, here’s a shameless plug for picking up a copy for your favorite armchair cookbook lover, intrepid outdoors lover, or adventurous cook…just scoot over to Untamed Mushrooms to place an order.

  Featuring expert tips for finding 13 wild mushroom species + over 100 unique recipes…

Featuring expert tips for finding 13 wild mushroom species + over 100 unique recipes…

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table hails from the Minnesota Historical Society Press, as a new imprint that is a hybrid guide for foraging for wild mushrooms + a cookbook that finishes the journey from the hunt to the kitchen. If you're interested in paying serious (and somewhat educated) attention to mysterious fungi you stumble over in local woods and fields, you might find it an entertaining and truly useful resource. My co-authors, certified wild mushroom expert Michael Karns & brilliant photographer Dennis Becker, made the process of delivering a book of substance (over 300 pages with exceptional photography + more than 100 recipes) an extraordinary venture.

  bacon-wrapped wild mushroom & vegetable skewers with dill ... from "Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table", April 2018

bacon-wrapped wild mushroom & vegetable skewers with dill...from "Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table", April 2018

  cream of wild mushroom & root veg soup...from "Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table", April 2018

cream of wild mushroom & root veg soup...from "Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table", April 2018

On an everyday note, professionally, I'm a hard-working cook, food writer, and food stylist for commercial photography. But in real life I'm generally lazy, so I specialize in low-tech recipes and hopefully simple, stylish food. Revisiting food memories, exploring the shadowy corners of food & culture, and cooking with family and friends makes for the most satisfying times at the table. The biggest compliment for me is that someone actually makes my recipes--or a photograph I styled (working with extraordinarily talented food photographers) makes them want to cook. 

NEWS FLASH! I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about food styling mentoring over the past few years. After my event partner, John Carafoli, and I concluded our last international conference on food styling & photography at Boston University in 2011, we decided to take a break from teaching. But I decided recently to come out of coaching retirement and have dragged my work compatriot, extraordinary food photographer Dennis Becker, into planning a winter food photography workshop. Scheduled for the weekend of January 26-27, 2019, we’ll take a deep dive into the essential tools required to begin a career in commercial styling for food photography. From discussions of the roles of team players in the studio, to food styling techniques and collaborating with a photographer under camera, the weekend will be an exploration of what makes compelling food images for packaging and advertising, along with learning about strategic approaches to creating effective social media for brands. If you or anyone you know is interested, send me a note on the contact page. Space is limited and time is short, so ask for details!

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As a journal-keeper and secret doodler, trifling with food is just an accounting of some of my favorite kitchen experiments, food ideas I've been passionate about for years, or passing food fancies. I guess I've had a history of being a bit of a culinary dilettante (albeit well trained), leading to a fairly wide knowledge of lots of food history and cooking styles, but wisdom that's not always as deep as it probably should be. So I never stop learning.