david hagerman, phu quoc, vietnam, january, 2014

Photo credit: Andrea Nguyen

David Hagerman is an award-winning American food and travel photographer based in Penang, Malaysia. He has been making pictures for over 35 years and shooting professionally since 2005, when he and Robyn Eckhardt launched award-winning food blog EatingAsia.

David has photographed in Asia, Mexico, Turkey and Europe for Saveur, the New York Times, The Economist magazine’s lifestyle monthly 1843Wall Street Journal and SBS Feast, among other publications. He photographs cookbooks as well; forthcoming in 2017 are The Malaysian Kitchen and Istanbul and Beyond.

In March 2017 year David received an award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for Best Editorial/Personal Instagram account, and was nominated for a Shorty Award. His Instagram account was nominated for a Saveur Food Blog Award in 2016.

David excels at capturing images of real food in its context, and of the people who grow, produce and cook what we eat. He knows Turkey like no other food photographer, having spent over 16 months in Istanbul and eastern Turkey photographing in traditional bread bakeries, home kitchens and cheese workshops, at markets and on farms, orchards and fishing boats for the cookbook Istanbul and Beyond.

Since 2008 David has been leading private and small-group photography workshops in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia. In 2013 he co-led, with Turkey-based food blogger and restaurateur Olga Tikhanova, a food and photography workshop in Sapanca, near Istanbul and last year he, Dianne Jacob and Robyn Eckhardt led a workshop in food writing and photography in Turkey. David has written articles for food and wine website Zester Daily on how to photograph food and how to make your food market images sing and has been featured in articles in Canon’s PhotoYou, Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia and Destinasian. In 2014 he spoke at Tasting ‘Words to Go’ workshop for food and travel bloggers about documenting international culinary traditions. Last summer he appeared as a judge on History Channel Asia’s series ‘Photo Face-Off’.

To learn more about David and to view his work, visit his professional website, and his Instagram feed (@davehagerman). To view PDFs of David’s published work go here.

Catrine Kelty is a Boston-based food stylist.  Born in France, she immigrated to Canada at age two with her parents.  Catrine was raised in the heart of Montreal with a French/European upbringing that revolved around the pleasures of the table: good food, good wine and great friends.

Catrine’s father, a French-trained butcher, was a pivotal influence in her appreciation of food as craft. A childhood filled with lush gardens, farm-raised animals, beautiful table settings and food as a celebration of life inform her approach to life, and to her work. This philosophy, along with her background in Fine Arts at Concordia University and her experience working in restaurants when she moved to Boston in the mid-80s, all find their expression in her award-winning work as a food stylist.

Catrine styles for magazines (Edible Boston, Yankee Magazine, bi-monthly Cooks’ Country and the James Beard award-winning children’s food magazine Chop Chop) and cookbooks. Her work is featured in Soframiz (2016), Fresh Fish: A Fearless Guide to Grilling, Shucking, Searing, Poaching and Roasting Seafood (2016) and Food Gift Love (2015), and appears on the cover and throughout the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award-winning Bread Illustrated by American’s Test Kitchen, with whom she has worked on other cookbooks. This year will see the publication of more cookbooks featuring Catrine’s styling, including Istanbul and BeyondMyers+Chang at Home, Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried and Made into PieThe Wildcrafted Cocktail and Homegrown: The New New England Cooking.

In 2017 Catrine was named XXXXX. The Boston Globe ran an article on Catrine’s  Instagram account (@CatrineKelty) in 2015.






writer Robyn C. Eckhardt

Robyn Eckhardt is a Malaysia-based American food and travel journalist. In October 2017 Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish her first cookbook — Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey.

In 2005, after moving from Vietnam to Malaysia, Robyn abandoned a dissertation on rural politics in China to build a career in food and travel writing. She and David began publishing the Saveur award-winning blog EatingAsia, and within six months were partnering on a food column for a small monthly Malaysian magazine called KLue. A year later Robyn became the founding food editor at Time Out Kuala Lumpur, a position she left 18 months later to freelance. Robyn has written on chasing fresh anchovies on Turkey’s Black Sea coast and feasting on sea urchin on Spain’s Costa Brava; the farm-to-table trend in Taipei and restaurants celebrating local ingredients in Siem Reaporganic farming in China and the back to the land movement in Piemonte, Italy; pomegranate molasses and the Malaccan dish devil’s curry. Publications that have featured her work include the New York TimesWall Street Journal Asia (where for two years she wrote a column on street food), Saveur1843, SBS Feast, Conde Nast Traveller UK and CURED. Robyn contributed essays on palm sugar and sticky rice sweets for The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (2015) and was a contributor at food and wine website Zester Daily.

In 1998 Robyn and David visited Turkey for the first time. They fell in love with the country, its people and its food, prompting Robyn to study Turkish at University of Callifornia-Berkeley. Robyn and David’s Turkey obsession eventually led to a book proposal, an agent and a contract with an imprint that has published such high-profile food writers as Jacques Pepin and Dorie Greenspan. Robyn and David spent some 16 months in Istanbul and on the back roads of eastern Turkey researching and photographing their cookbook, for which Robyn developed over 180 recipes.

In 2014 Robyn spoke on documenting culinary traditions at Taste Australia’s Words to Go Food Bloggers’ workshops. She has chatted with The Splendid Table’s Lynn Rosetto Kaspar about Malaysian street food and Heritage Radio Network about the cuisine of Turkey’s Black Sea region, and appeared an episode of BBC’s ‘John Torrode’s Malaysia’, aired in the UK.

When at home in Penang Robyn leads private street food walks in George Town. See her website,, for links to more of her work. She tweets at @EatingAsia, is on Instagram as @istanbulandbeyond and posts often on the EatingAsia Facebook page.



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