Plate To Pixel

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 3, 2011

As a child, I was an avid fiction reader. I loved anything from Chronicles of Narnia to The Babysitters Club to Anne of Green Gables to Amelia Bedelia. …and…wait for it…Choose your own adventure!!!

I think I actually believed they were non-fiction though!

Wrapped in a blanket hiding away in one of my homemade forts, I would read my favourite series over and over until the pages were falling out and the glossy coating wrinkled away from the fading cover. I loved nothing more than getting lost in a fantasy world.


Nowadays, my passion has evolved from reading story books to informational books. I still occasionally enjoy reading a good fiction book (mostly if I’m on vacation though), but I love to read non-fiction books to learn more about my passions. My love for non-fiction books started when I fell in love with health and nutrition. I bought books like Dr. Oz’s YOU series, Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer, Howard’s The Owners Manual for the Brain, and later, Pollan’s In Defense of Food. When cooking and baking became a passion in my life, my cookbook collection grew, and grew, and grew and I found myself inspired to follow a similar path.


And then there’s the photography.

Growing up, my family would always teasingly call me, ‘the little tourist’ because I took pictures of everything…every moment…everyone…nothing could escape my wrath! Mom in her robe first thing in the morning? Photo worthy. My sister Kristi taking one of my beloved belongings? Also photo worthy.

My love for photography started with a Polaroid camera and progressed to using my dad’s film camera and eventually receiving my own point & shoot digital camera from Eric as a birthday gift. I think Eric’s words were, “I think you need to switch to digital so we can stop wasting so much money on film.” He did have a point, but little did he know that I would soon require more computer storage to fit all my digital raw photos and a new lens to go with it. ;)

There was just something about capturing the beauty of real life in a photo that excited me to no end.


Even though I always loved photography, I never expected that it would blossom into something that I do everyday as part of my career. Now, rarely a day goes by that I am not practicing.

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When I started the blog in 2008, I used my old, beaten up Point & Shoot camera (we now call it the “point & shit” because it doesn’t always turn ON). Eric bought a Canon DSLR in 2007 and I was so intimidated by it, I didn’t start using it for my blog photos for over 1.5 years. Over time, he was able to show me the difference a professional camera (and the right knowledge) could make in a photo.

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After several months of shooting in “auto” mode with the DSLR, I decided that it was time to shoot in RAW format to give myself the freedom to post-process photos without compromising the quality. When Ashley was visiting, she showed me how she uses Adobe Lightroom to edit photos (something I had been using blindly for a couple months prior) and with practice, I fell in love with it a bit more each day. Now, I couldn’t imagine shooting in auto mode because shooting in raw is just so much more fun. Post-processing is also super quick once you get the hang of it. It typically takes me less than 30 seconds per photo.

I typically have a few books on the go at the same time (including several cookbooks), because as always, I can’t just pick one thing to focus on! I like to spend about a half hour at night reading, so I don’t get through books very quickly. ;)


Right now, you can find me reading through a ton of vegan cookbooks as well as my recently purchased Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin, otherwise known as Tartelette!

I fell in love with Plate to Pixel from the moment I opened the book. Not only does Helene’s passion for food photography jump off the page, but it’s brimming with full colour, stunning photography throughout the book. I’m only a quarter of the way through and I’ve already learned so much and brushed up on some skills that were a bit foggy. I highly recommend it to those of you who are interested in pursuing food photography at a deeper level.


What are you reading right now? What were your favourite books to read as a kid?

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Mallory November 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

Great post! Even though I am already a vegan, right now I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Its a wonderful book.


Natalie November 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

Right now I’m reading Crazy Sexy Diet (which I heard about from here) and a fluffy novel for my lunch breaks.

As a kid, I loved to read also! Babysitters Club, Saddle Club, Thoroughbred, Sweet Valley, Goosebumps, anything and everything! I loved coming home from the library with a stack of unread books :)

(love this post of yours!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

ahhh sweet valley, how did I forget that one!


Aimee November 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

If you were a sweet valley fan, you need to check this one out! I read it front to back on a air trip from Toronto to LA this spring… I felt 12 again that is for sure!


Beth November 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’ve read and loved Plate to Pixel. Helene makes all her topics so accessible, and as someone who loves food AND photography, I love how most of her examples are food based. Since that’s what I’m shooting every day, it’s great to have such super relevant examples. I also took a basic photography class this year that I got a Groupon for that was so helpful. Sometimes having a teacher explain things like aperture and shutter speed and having you demo with your camera is more helpful than any camera manual you could read!

I also love reading non-fiction, and tend to fall hard and fast for any book on a topic I’m interested in. I have more than a full shelf of books on our food systems and health, including the Omnivore’s Dilemma, the China Study, Diet for a Small Planet, and many others. I have a whole other shelf devoted just to running books and biographies of some of the great runners of our sport. Kathrine Switzer’s autobiography is probably my favorite. It’s amazing to me to read just how much women’s running, and women’s access to running has changed in the last 30 years. I’m so glad to have been born when I was!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

That’s so great to hear! I definitely want to take some classes some day.


Lindsey November 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

This book is sitting in my Amazon basket right now! I just need to find another book for the free shipping :)
Right now I am reading on of Sarah Desshen’s books, I usually stick to easy reads, even some teen books!
As a kid I loved Anne of Green Gables, and Babysitters Club!


Sara November 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

Books on food photography are so interesting but really overwhelming because it seems so complicated. I also have a horrible camera.
I read every Sweet Valley book as well growing up. I cycled through them from the local used bookstore. I’m currently reading All Different Kinds Of Free by Jessica McCann about slave laws in the 1800’s.


Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

Thanks for this post – I was JUST talking to another food blogger/photographer yesterday about my issues now that the nights are getting dark earlier and how, working full time, I can never get decent shots of my dinner recipes because I have to use artificial lighting and it’s just AWFUL. She recommended a few lighting kits and Lightroom as well.

It’s such a frustrating issue but when you get better it’s so rewarding! But if you have any lighting tips when you have to deal with artificial lighting, I’d love to hear them too!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

Hi Anna,
I would recommend a light box, but I must say I don’t bother with the one I made very often. It’s just too big to pull out. I’ve heard other bloggers using freestanding photography lights that you can purchase at photography stores. I think Kath from Kath Eats just blogged about hers the other day and said it made a big difference for her evening shots.


Giulia @ Tutupa's Lab November 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’m half way through plate to pixel! I’m loving the book, it has taught me so much! But oh boy do I still need loads of practice!


betsy November 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

I have this on my amazon wish list!

Right now I am reading Shucked, about life on a (local to me) oyster farm.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

OMG I’ve heard about this book and I want to get my hands on it SO badly!!! Photography is something I never thought I’d take interest in, but it really is an art and I am looking forward to learning more about it. As for what I’m reading – Joy Bauer’s Food Cures. So far, it’s great! I’ve got a review coming up soon. :)


Andrea November 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

We totally could have been in a book club together – all the books you mentioned were my favs too. Sweet Valley High was my VERY VERY favorite book series though!

My daughter has become quite the reader and it makes me soooooo happy! I can’t imagine life without books.

Someone just yesterday gave me Pollan’s Food Rules. So my love for his books will begin shortly ;)


Aine @ Something to Chew Over November 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

I loved Anne of Green Gables so much! And all the classics like Little Women and the Secret Garden. Anything horsey too – I loved the Saddle Club series :)

I’m reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks at the moment – really enjoying it so far.


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

Secret Garden….yes!

What is Saddle Club I keep hearing about? I think I missed a good one!


Natalie November 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

So great! I still go back now and re-read them! A series about 3 young girls who love horses. There were over 100! And then they had an teen series with the same characters called Pine Hollow. Also really good and you don’t need the background to be able to keep up. There were 17 of those books.


Destini November 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

I actually ordered this from indigo on Monday! Can’t wait to get it :D


Alix November 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

I just started Ready Player One, a really awesome sci-fi book that came out this year. I’m already hooked. As a kid, my favorite books were the Saddle Club series… I think my whole collection is still at my parents’ house!

Thanks for this post–I’m still taking point-and-shoot pics and trying to convince my photog friend to help me out.


Carolyn @ November 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

I think I need to pick up that book! I’ve been using my camera in “auto” mode with no lighting, and it definitely shows! I might have to pick up this book!

I just finished reading “A Dance With Dragons” and now I’m going back to the “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”. But lately I’ve been playing the latest Professor Layton game on my Nintendo DS! Puzzle games are my addiction, and this one is a favorite series of mine.

You should do a photography tutorial about Lightroom! That program mystifies me…


Carolyn @ November 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

And me mentioning that I need to pick up that book twice in one paragraph is an indication of how little sleep and how little caffeine I’m rocking today! ;)



Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:12 am

A tutorial is a fun idea :) I would love to show how easy it is. It honestly takes me about 30 seconds per photo.


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’ve heard so many good things about this book, it’s going on my Christmas list :)
I got my DSLR in June and forced myself to never shoot in automatic so I feel like I’ve learned a ton in the past 5 months but I know there is so much more out there to soak up.
I went through a food book phase that has passed and now I’m back on fiction. I’m reading Slammerkin right now and love it.


Caitlin November 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

Awesome book! I am still with a P&S right now and want to get a new Canon cam that my sis has already tried out and loves. It’s not a DSLR but it’s a step up from a Canon PowerShot. Not enough $ for anything more unfortunately!

Funny, I just blogged about books today too! I’m reading “The Pact” by Jodi Picoult and can’t put it down. I’m DYING to find the answer to the mystery but have a ways to go!


Willow November 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

Awesome post! The book looks amazing – I’ve already added it to my christmas list :P

Thanks for sharing!


XtineBeanie @ CleanLiving / DirtyWorld November 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

Ahhhh, Sweet Valley!!! I loved Nancy Drew and Roald Dahl books too. Oh, and Charlotte’s Web! Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, the Ramona books. I could go on and on. And this makes me want to get my hands on the Sweet Valley books and just give them another read :)

But seriously, this photography book looks great! I really need to learn a thing or two, and get out of auto myself. A better camera is also needed. Have you taken any classes? Your photography is always so stunning!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

Thank you :) Yes Nancy Drew! Man, I can’t believe how many I forgot.

I haven’t taken any food photography courses, but I would loooove to.


ali janine November 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

I LOVED babysitters club and sweet valley high- especially the mystery series and I also read them in my fort! (underneath the stairs lol). Unfortunately most of my reading these days is academic a.k.a boring!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

I remember those days…I dont think I read one book “for fun” in 7 years…lol. The best feeling was giving the books away when I didnt need them anymore. :) You’ll get through it!


ali janine November 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

Yes! I can’t wait to give away all my books, except for a select few which I actually found interesting. I’m in my last semester and can’t wait for exams to be over to pick up a good book :)


Shruti November 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

I read Plate to Pixel, my first ever photography book. I love how Helene has tackled all the topics so easily. She made me handle my DSLR like a dear friend :)
I am yet to read more about food styling and photography. I would like for more suggestions on books for photography.


Beth - Tasty Yummies November 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

Oooh – I am so glad you posted this. I am not sure how, but somehow I didn’t know this book existed. Just added it to my Amazon wishlist :)


Kris | November 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

Oh girl, I’m embarrassed to tell you what I’m using now…Ryan took our good camera for a swim in his bag as his water bottle leaked all over it….so currently for this last couple weeks I’ve been using my BLACKBERRY!!! Fab foodblogger, right?! LOL.

We’re shopping now for a camera.

I love reading everything self help. I’m in love with Louise Hay right now – You Can Heal Your Life



Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

hehe I’ve used Eric’s blackberry before too…it actually takes much better pics than I thought!


Lauren (Maillard'sMistress) November 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

For a minute there, I thought you were describing me. Haha. I like reading nonfiction to learn, in general.

I actually just yesterday requested this book from my library and I’m really excited to get it. I have a Canon DSLR too and am still working through using it to its best potential… I finally found the plug-in to use my camera in RAW mode and it is awesome and so much easier to use than I expected! I can’t wait for daylight savings to kick in so I can get a little more light later on.


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

STUNNING photography mydear. I need to work on borrowing my roommate’s Rebel!


Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

I’m still a fiction girl at heart– must be the English teacher in me :-) Right now though, I’m actually reading non-fiction– Mary Karr’s memoir, Lit. Very intense– and very good.

I love all of the photography talk– I’d like to really take my photography to the next level…it’s such a fun hobby to work on!


Erin @ The Grass Skirt November 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

I do have to say that your photography is always incredible. I’ll have to check out that book since I am trying to improve my camera skills. As a child, I loved the Beverly Clearly books, The Babysitter’s Club, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables (ever see the movies? They were also my favorite!).


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

The movies are my favourite too!
I’ve been to PEI and visited the Anne of Green Gables houses….umm yea huge fan over here!


Jalil Lindsey-lowe November 3, 2011 at 11:22 am

Thanks for featuring this book! I have it on my wish list and I was patiently waiting to hear something great about it!


Amanda November 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

I think we had similar taste in fiction as kids. I LOVED the choose your own adventure books. Did you read the Goosebumps books?! Those were also a favorite. :)

I’m so excited to get this Plate to Pixel book. I’ve only been using a “real” camera for about a month, but already can tell between now and then I’ve learned so much. My husband does some professional photography and is kind enough to let me use his camera. He’s trying to teach me how to “compose within the camera” now. Up until recently, I would have had no idea what that meant. haha


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 11:26 am



Amber K November 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

Wow, I could so have written this post! I loved all of the series you mentioned as a kid. I think Chronicles of Narnia was my favorite. And I grew up leaning more towards non-fiction, especially memoirs and health-related topics.

I was also constantly taking pictures of anyone and anything that crossed my path. Haven’t gotten into the actual nice cameras yet though. I know they would make my pictures look a LOT better, but I just don’t have that kind of money right now or the time to truly get my money’s worth out of it. But your pictures are always so breath-taking, your time and care really shows!


Liz November 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

As a kid, I loved the Goosebumps books as well as the Boxcar Children. The Giver was another favorite, so much so that the pages are falling out now :) These days, I’m too consumed with college textbooks to read much of anything else. I graduate in December though, and the thing I’m looking forward to most is having a lot more time to read. Like you, I prefer non-fiction these days – anything to do with my hobbies.


J.Lynn November 3, 2011 at 11:35 am

amazing photos and admirable progression :)

I too was once an avid fiction reader. Nowadays, I’d much rather read a book about how to do something, or a book about a place I’d like to travel to. Although, getting lost in a good fictional book is an occasional thing for me.

Hope your having a wonderful Thursday darlin’,


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I love travel books too :)


Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living November 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

I LOVE plate to pixel! Helene’s book inspired me to buy an indoor tungsten lighting kit, as well as to start saving up for a DSLR. I’ve only read up through the artificial lighting chapter thus far, but – as you said – I’ve already learned so much.


Cherie November 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

I like those Choose Your Own Adventure Books, I like to think life is a lot like that to – which road do we head down? I just always wonder what would have happened if I’d gone to page 57 instead of 78, :-).
I have a huge cookbook collection, and two locations for them. In fact I need to resort because my kitchen spot is overflowing. That’s where the books I reference regularly to cook go. I know, why do I have the others? Well, sometimes you just want a good cookbook to read ;-).
Having switched over to a lot of non-fiction, I find I still go for the fiction to relax, when I’m sick, etc., but last night in spite of being sick I ended up with Last Child in the Woods by Louv. Interesting, thought provoking, not necessarily relaxing.


debra ford November 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

I just ordered these books which I am very excited about.

Spork-Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Vegan Recipes from the Sisters of Spork Foods
Jenny Engel, Heather Goldberg
and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately.
I am so enjoying my diet change and how good I feel! Thank you for inspiring me to do this!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

I lovedLOVED all the Anne books as a kid…and still do now! Anne and Gilbert! Woot :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Anne and Gilbert forevaaaaaa lol


[email protected] KatieDid November 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

I also read plate to pixel and it changed everything I know about food photography and has helped me grow so much! I pull it out all the time for reference also. Right now I’m reading on and off- What Color is Your Parachute? Which is all about job searching and finding your true passions and skills in life. As a senior in college its been helping me narrow my focus a ton!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

that sounds like a cool book!


Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde November 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

I loved all books growing up, especially nancy drew :)
I really need to read some books on how to use my DSLR properly, i have only mastered a few of the settings
Oh and right now i’m reading The Night Circus, great book!


PressureCookerDiaries November 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Just wanted to say that I used to LOVE the make your own adventure books. I’d read them once choosing things I really would do, then again choosing all the opposite things, and sometimes cover-cover just to see all the different options (even though it was out of order).


Misty November 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I looove to read. Mostly non-fiction. I usually go with whatever I keep seeing out there, or what people (friends) suggest. Currently reading Pillars of the Earth. :)


Antonia November 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Thanks for the book tip. Will order it soon!


kathleen @ the daily crumb November 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

what a great book recommendation! i recently purchased my first dslr and am learning primarily through trial and error. will definitely check out plate to pixel.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

As a kid I was addicted to The Babysitter’s Club series and Sweet Valley High. Now I’m lucky if I get to read anything other than stuff for work. And blogs, of course! :)

Thanks for this recommendation – I need to develop some photog skills.


char @ char on a mission November 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I noticed you have ‘The Vegan Table’ – how did you find that book? I loooove Colleen; I listen to her podcast all the time and has been the best source for going vegan. I also loved the Babysitters Club. Honestly, anything that was part of a ‘series’ you probably found me reading it. Another one that recently popped in my head that I forgot about, Animorphs. I don’t know if you even heard of this series or read it, but it was yet another series that I did read too…oh boy!


Amari @ Eat Chic November 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I bought Plate to Pixel last month and am totally in love with it! I think you will really enjoy it!


Char @ November 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I always had my nose in a book as a kid. Even on the walk home from school! My parents used to have to tell me to STOP READING to go outside & play, haha. I would get sucked into fiction stories & be unable to put it down.

I reeaally should get that book! My man bought a DSLR in July & has been encouraging me to use it as well. It is intimidating! I’ve also been playing with photoshop & whatnot. It was easier to get great photos in the summer with the natural light, but I’m now learning how to use manual settings & the tripod. In fact, the recipe post I made today (for Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread) shows dark photos, yellow photos, & then normal photos. I just made fun of it through the whole post :P It’s so fun to learn & I love the practice!


jo @ includingcake November 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I love the fact that you take photos of everything… me too! I love to go on long walks but the friends or family i’m with often find me frustrating as I am quite fast paced so they struggle to keep up but then out of nowhere something will catch my attention and out comes the camera so i’m left behind whilst they wonder whether to wait for me or continue on to get a headstart!!

I’ve also been ‘point and shoot’ up until now- i like the spontaneity it offers and there will always been a time and a place for that, butbow i think its time for me to bite the bullet and start do it properly!

Thanks for the recommendation on Plate to Pixel- i had come across that book myself and thought it might be something to add to my xmas list.

p.s sorry i’ve waffled…..


Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land November 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I recently read Plate to Pixel too, and it completely transformed my photographic skills. People now comment on my photos as well as my content, which is great. I still have a ways to go, but practice as often as I can. Someday I will have photos as beautiful as yours.


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} November 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Plate to Pixel is on my nightstand as well. I don’t have enough time to practice what I’m learning, but someday!


Immi November 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Ooh, Plate to Pixel just went straight to my Xmas wish list! :)

I love the feeling of really being soaked up in a good novel but lately I just haven’t found a novel that would reach that level. Unfortunately.

I also love cookbooks but have a hard time finding a good moment to read them, as they tend to make me so hungry! Cookbooks definitely aren’t bedtime reading – at least for me.


Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I always want to read all of these informational books, but I always end up turning to fiction! I think it’s because my brain can’t take much more information after reading for my law school classes, and it needs a break!


Maude November 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Nice to know, I was looking for a book to go with my love of cooking and my camera.

BTW Yeah for the French writer hihihi



Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Helene is amazing. Love, love, love that book. I read it all the time. I don’t read it in order, I go back and re-read chapters, I love it. Best and most comprehensive book on photography and food styling that I’ve ever read or seen and not to mention, Helene is such a super awesome person, too.

Photography and lightroom, yep. Could not imagine my life without it.

And I also shoot in RAW and on manual (as of the last few months). Prior to that I shot on aperture priority (Av mode) but feel I can get better images by manual shooting, in RAW, and then editing in LR. Sounds like a lot but it’s been an evolution over time like your journey sounds and I couldn’t imagine my life without my camera and photography these days!


Natasha November 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Hi Angela,
I adore your photography…your food looks like I could reach into the screen and eat it.
Thank you for your post yesterday – I needed that…I wonder at times why I’m in my head so much – but I know that I’m not alone. :)
Right now Rob (my Fiance) is reading to me – we have a ritual about reading to eachother at night…oh – the book is “Primal Blueprint” – We tend not to be Fiction readers…my guilty pleasure is my Bon Appetit subscription, and various other mags that my friends and I share the cost for and circulate…


Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking November 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I’m reading Plate to Pixel right now and I LOVE it as well. I’m still confused a bit on RAW photos though..


Jordan November 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I really would love to start learning more about photography (it might help if I would actually start a blog to post them on) I just get so intimidated by all of it! The technology, the time commitment, not to mention the courage it takes to open up about your life. Gosh I sound like a scaredy cat! Haha
As far as books go, lately I’ve been reading religious non fiction. I’ve been enjoying “Girl Perfect” recently. It’s written by a former runway model who opens up about all sorts of issues she faced and we as women face each day (like body image, perfectionism, negative thoughts etc) then she contrasts them with the truth God tells us. It is so transforming! But as a kid I looooved Junie B Jones, Saddle Club (pretty much anything with horses) anything Jan Brett wrote, The Giver, Let the Circle Be unbroken, any non fiction about dolphins I would scoopup and study like a fiend. There were so many! And of course I can’t remember them now haha


Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I love reading non-fiction. I went through a big biography phase with actors/actresses from the 1940s and 50s. I recently read a bunch on health and food. In Defense of Food is one of my favorites as well as The End of Overeating. Some crazy info in there!


Andrea November 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I recently ordered a copy of Plate to Pixel as a belated birthday gift to myself. I can’t wait until it arrives! Until then, it’s cookbooks and fiction, with historical fiction being my favorite.


Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I must go in search of this book! Looks fab!


Carolina November 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Angela, I’d really like to get a photography book for my passionate sister. However, she’s more interested in taking pictures of people. Do you have any suggestions of photography books that you think are just as good as plate to pixel?


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’m sorry I don’t (this is my first photography book I think!). I always find Amazon is so helpful because you can search by ratings and popularity :)


Sarah November 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Yes to The Babysitter’s Club! This looks like a great read, I’m realizing how important my photos are to my blog. The lighting is always so dark, but I don’t want to use the flash. Great tip about Lightroom too! Thanks!


Cait's Plate November 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I’m dying to get Plate to Pixle. I LOVE her blog and can only imagine how wonderful her book is!


Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I loved reading Choose Your own adventure as a child. And SweetI also loved reading anything by R.L Stine, Christopher Pike, Diane Hoh, Anne Rice . . . . which truly developed my love of reading and writing urban fantasy stories.


Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

whoops, meant to say Sweet Valley High with the twins Jessica and Elizabeth and the Unicorn purple club. . . .


scissors and spice November 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I have to stop reading people’s awesome blogs; I keep buying all the books the recommend! ;)


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Improving my photography skills is something I definitely want to focus on! The beauty of a picture (like yours!!!) is seriously breathtaking! As soon as school is out and before I head off to college, its definitely something I want to improve! Such a great hobby!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Haha I loved the Babysitters Club and Anne of Green Gables too! Also I was obsessed with anything written by Kit Pearson! Right now I’m reading the Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. It’s been really helpful for learning different exercises to target certain muscles.


Tess November 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I’m reading an information book too: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding”. That man is so incredibly knowledgeable!!


tweal November 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Right now I am reading one of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks that I borrowed from the library. I am an avid reader too, always have been, and I even read the same books as you! I loved ‘choose your own adventure’, I would always try every possible scenario. I also like reading about your passion for photography – I wish I enjoyed it as much as you! Unfortunately the photography part of my work is the part I procrastinate about the most. I wait until I have a huge pile of things, then I do it all at once. Maybe that’s why I dislike it so much…I should do a bit each day like you do.


[email protected] November 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

ahh awesome!! I really want to read that book now! :D I’ve been looking for something like that. I aspire to be a decent photographer in every area, just for fun! Teheee


Luv What You Do November 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I read a lot of fiction as a kid…RL Stein, Babysitters Club, Judy Blume etc. Still love to read and I am devouring the Red Queen by Philipa Gregory (same author as The Other Boleyn Girl). I am also slightly obsessed with cookbooks. Just ordered 3 new ones on amazon tonight, including Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet book.


Erin @ Hot Dinner Happy Home November 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I would read whatever I could get my hands on as a kid…C.S. Lewis, Madeline L’Engle, absolutely anything by L.M. Montgomery. I knew I had a reading “problem,” though, when I started reading cereal boxes. Time to hit the library! ;-)


Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm

You are such a talented photographer, Angela. Will I have the honor of seeing you at Foodbuzz this weekend?


Tracy @ Tracy's Treats November 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

You always have such beautiful pictures on here! I wish I had the patience to put more of an effort into the photos I take!


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 4, 2011 at 1:45 am

This is the most perfectly timed post ever! Why?
1) I just bought an interchangeable lens camera. I am still using auto mode. I don’t fully understand RAW image format – but now I know to stick with it.
2) My brother recommended Adobe Lightroom. I didn’t believe it would be *that* much use / worth the money. Now I know it is!
3) Those photography books look amazing.
4) I always love being reminded of how much I enjoyed reading as a child, and still do. The reference to Anne of Green Gables brought a smile to my face :)

Thank you!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 4, 2011 at 2:44 am

Thank you for introducing this book to me it looks great!


Jess @ Jess Go Bananas November 4, 2011 at 5:52 am

My favorite books are non-fiction books about health! I just finished Skinny Bitch and am now looking for a new read-any suggestions?


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

Plate to Pixel looks like a great book. I need a lot of help with my photography, I’m asking to take a class for a Christmas present. As far as book readings right now, I don’t have any. I am so busy lately that I just don’t have the time! :(


LizAshlee November 4, 2011 at 7:43 am

I am reading Secret of the Shadow by Debbie Ford. I recently listened to a lecture by Debbie Ford as part of my homework through Institute of Integrative Nutrition…I loved the lecture which prompted me to read one of her books…

I just finished The Help which was an amazing read!

Happy Friday!


Clair November 4, 2011 at 8:03 am

I loved your post yesterday and love your post today. Love love love you! :D

And I can totally relate to all of it. I devoured books as a kid, especially fantasy. But I loved all the ones you mentioned and read the Choose Your Own Adventure books over and over until I’d gone through all the possible outcomes. Ha ha.

I still love fantasy, but I love nonfiction as well, and must recommend to you everything by Thich Nhat Hahn. I just feel like I’m in such an ‘in touch’ state every time I read him. Amazing.


Cindy Robinson November 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

I just went to the public library yesterday for the first time in years, and got me a library card! I loved just browsing and people watching. I checked out: 5 Ingredient Fix by Claire Robinson (I love reading cookbooks as well), In Defense of Food, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

I loved reading R.L. Stine’s “Fear Street” Series as a kid :)


Lisa Broadley November 4, 2011 at 8:10 am

I have gotten into Nora Roberts. I like reading fiction since it helps me escape from work when I’m travelling there and back! Love the bookends :) On a side note, have you worked with carob chips? I put those in your chocolate pudding I made the other day and it tasted pretty awesome…probably not as chocolaty as the original but worth a try!


[email protected] November 4, 2011 at 8:20 am

I also loved Anne of Green Gables as a child, as well as Little Women, Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. I liked books with strong female characters. I think they helped to raise me! I also am addicted to cookbooks. I read them like they are fiction. I just talked about the new Skinny Bitch cookbook on my own blog, in fact. It is way better than I expected! I hope to work on my photography as well…might check out that book you are reading!


Lindsey November 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

I was never a big reader as a child, i can’t think of any one particular book series that I read. I think because i was outside all the time. Now that I live in an apartment, I don’t really have that same luxury…Right now I love the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. They’re a refreshing read with characters that are easy to relate too…other than the fact that they live in Africa…lets face it, I don’t know what it’s like to live there. But I really love them. You’d swear they are written by a woman, but they’re not! Highly recommend then to people of all ages.


miranda November 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

I have seen that movie!!!! I did not know there was a book series!! Thanks!


suzanne November 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

The book looks great – after being abroad for 6 months with only a little point and shoot digital, I have developed a desire to learn more about photography and get a better camera! It is the first ‘creative’ thing I have ever really been drawn to – though time and money are keeping me from exploring it at this moment…someday though…
I loved reading – Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, Little House, …It is good to hear you mostly read non- fiction now. I love fiction but feel like I only have a little time before drifting off to sleep to read – and usually spend that reading a parenting, spirituality etc book . I miss getting lost in a book though (I just do not get ‘sucked in’ to non fiction in the same way) and have some friends who still spend lots of time reading fiction (I have NO IDEA how they fit it in!). It calms me somehow to hear your experience of embracing your non-fiction life while enjoying fiction on vacation… Thank you


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

I’m reading Plate to Pixel right now too!

My favorite books have always been celeb autobiographies, even of people I don’t necessarily like. I think it’s fascinating to read stories about how people got to where they are in life. I just finished Rob Lowe’s book which was really good and I’m anticipating John Taylor (Duran Duran) and Billy Idol’s books!


Raquel @ Ovenmitts Vegan Blog November 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

I just bought this book! It is so inspiring and informative. I’m reading it like it’s a novel – I just can’t wait to see what comes next!


Jenny November 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

Reading now: ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin (I’m already quite a happy person… but it’s such a neat idea, and I love the positivity and even the pointing out of what you would think is common sense!) and ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki (as expected of a commerce undergrad…).

I’m exactly like you, though, that when I was a bit younger (ten years ago, haha not too long ago!) I would go through fantasy book and series at an insane pace. I always carried them in a little folder with me, though, because I *love* keeping my books in good condition, and I read them so often that that was the only way to protect them. :)

Your photography has clearly only gotten better and better over time. There is nowhere else to go, but up! I love the colour and brightness of your photos. They are all so gorgeous. Your enjoyment of your job (and hobby! Though I guess it’s not a hobby if it’s your job?) is so clearly conveyed through the images on the blog… Thanks for always sharing all of the eye candy. :D


Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

I am obsessed with cookbooks!! When I was a kid I was all about nancy drew!! I still want her car!!


Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn November 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

I’ve really started enjoying reading non-fiction books lately too.
Particularly cookbooks (I’m obsessed!), books on writing, books on nutrition… I haven’t read any on photography yet but I have actually seen Plate to Pixel before and I really want to read it!
Your photos are always beautiful, I love looking at everything you photograph :-)
I’m with you that there is something wonderful about capturing everyday moments of lives, special occasions, meaningful events!


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner November 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm



Sheila Dereba November 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Next to eating healthy foods, I love to present them in a very irresistible manner. I have always been a fan of reading, aside from blogs like this, I get my inspiration from blogs as well.


Stefanie November 5, 2011 at 12:14 am

I seriously love your blog. I have only been blogging a month, but even though I dont get as many comments ad I would like yet, I still do it because u love it. I love cooking. You are such an inspiration thanks girl!!


Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 5, 2011 at 12:46 am

I love that book. I even discovered aperture mode (didnt even know it existed – was foreighn to me for a long time). So i had fun practicing taking picture in different aperture ranges.


Emmy (Wine and Butter) November 5, 2011 at 2:58 am

Hi love! I just saw the ohsheglows won best blog at foodbuzz – that is awesome!! Your honesty, heartfeltness, details in recipes, inventivesness, gorgeous photos and most of all humble and sweet personality have truly paid off. You’re a very inspirational little baker!! xoxox


Ricki November 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

Angela, your photos are SO stunning. You could totally do a book like that now! What you are doing on this blog is so obviously just what you should be doing. . . I receive a lovely perk every time I read one of your posts, no matter the topic (and those PB Pillows didn’t hurt) ;) Thanks so much for including my book in your cookbook stack, too! ((((Hugs!))))) :D


Katrina November 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

I need this book. So creative!


Jane November 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I love to read and have ever since I was a young girl (Ramona Quimby is a fave). My mom says it is because she read to me while she was pregnant with me (She didn’t with my brother and he never reads for pleasure hmmmm) Now, I enjoy everything from magazines to biographies, fiction, and of course cookbooks. All of which I read cover to cover. Ending my day reading has become a ritual along with never being able to leave the library without a stack of material. If there was ever a good “problem” to have I guess this would be it!


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I read constantly as a child… I have so many favorites!! I used to even read while I was riding my bike.


radioactivegan November 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I’ve been reading Nickel and Dimed (on NOT getting by in America). It’s really interesting, and well written. I go back and forth between non-fiction and fiction, but it’s hard to pick a favorite!


Mariannehg November 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

When my life gets a little crazy and stressful (like it is right now!) I have a tendency to duck into fantasy and science-fiction books as a way to escape to another world for a little while. Right now I am revisiting A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. I had forgotten how good that book is! And it’s an easy, fast read. I may have to read some of L’Engle’s other books after I finish this one!


Emily @ The Divine Carrot November 6, 2011 at 4:51 am

Thanks for the book recommendation…. I am struggling to get a better grasp of photography. Unlike you I never had any interest in photography before; I just like to write.


Katie @ BloomEveryday November 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Great post! Can’t wait to check this book out. :)

– Katie

Check us out sometime at! :) We can’t wait to start sharing recipes with you.


Amber B November 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

I was a huge reader as a kid. I loves Little Women and anything by Lurlene McDaniel. I have no idea if that is how you spell her name. They were sad books…not sure why I was so intrigued. Right now I am reading Skippy Dies. Fiction. I love fiction and sometimes struggle to get through non-fiction. Mainly because I struggle to get as involved.


[email protected] November 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

Babysitter’s Club was my absolute FAVORITE series when I was younger! Now I love books like Diet for a New America and Food Revolution, The China Study, In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and others of the like. I bought and read Plate to Pixel and loved every page! Definitely need to go back and reread now that I’m working with darkness and artificial lighting and trying not to hit a stall in my progress :)


Tracy November 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I know this is kind of late but if you liked “choose your own adventure” books as a kid you should really read Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton. It’s such a great book. I’ve started over about 25 times and still haven’t read all of it yet! It’s so entertaining. :) I loved those books as a kid too….and Ramona, Amelia Bedelia, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Sweet Valley High, Little House on the Prairie and all the Judy Blume books!


Mary Claire December 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Great food that looks amazing, just how can you beat that? Thank you for sharing this tasty snapshots and the great book that I hope to find somewhere. A holiday gift perhaps?


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