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Our prop closet isn't huge—in fact, it's not even a closet. It's three cabinets on one side of our test kitchen's island. But we could whittle the selection down even further to the props we call on for photo shoot after photo shoot.
These are the MVPs—the pieces that, no matter the season or the dish or the feel we're going for, the food will probably look good on or with them. Sometimes, I try to go rogue—use a plate or cup I haven't used in a long time. And nearly every time, I switch it out for the same plates I'm sick of in the way I get sick of my mom's minestrone: It's so familiar, yet it will never ever get old.
We've picked out some of our prop all-stars to tell you a little about why they're so great and how they help us know what to look for when we're scouting for new props (maybe, hopefully, the tips will help you make pretty pictures, too).
Here are the props that get a lot of play, and for good reason (you might have seen them on the site once or twice):
Photos by James Ransom, Bobbi Lin, Mark Weinberg, and Rocky Luten.
Tell us: What items in your kitchen always make your food shine?
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