It is true: We eat with our eyes first. Maybe that is why chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver have millions of followers on Instagram (9 million and 8 million, respectively) and why cookbook covers have moved away from wallpaper-style floral patterns to vibrant, eye-catching close-ups of authors with their gustatory creations tempting hungry readers to peek inside.
If you have a Facebook account, you have probably fallen into the role of food photographer a time or two yourself: A birthday cake you made from scratch and are proud of. The steak with magazine-worthy sear marks, straight off the grill. A cocktail made icy cold on a hot summer night with the most delicate beads of condensation forming near the rim of its glass. Chances are good you took a picture, and you posted it to social media.