So... today's recommendation for [Buy the Book] isn't exactly a "book"...
...and it's not a magazine.
I guess you'd say it's a bookazine. Or an e-bookazine, perhaps? Whatever you want to name it, if you're at all interested in bettering your food photography skills, it should be your next purchase.
photographing FOOD is written by Taylor Mathis, a food and lifestyle photographer based in Charlotte, NC. I first met Taylor when he hosted a small group photography session that I attended with Gretchen from Kumquat. I was already familiar with his work, having become a fan of his TaylorTakesATaste blog months before. He's a delightful person and super talented photographer (and perhaps more importantly, he's a scholar of collegiate tailgating and literally wrote the book on southern tailgating - which earns him high praise in my book!!)
Title: photographing FOOD
Author: Taylor Mathis
Focus: 8 issue, full-color, step-by-step, topic specific guide on how-to photograph food
Why to buy: The trouble with many professional photographers who try to teach us non-pros is that the language is over our heads and doesn't offer enough real, practical guidance. Concepts of art appreciation, style development, etc., are wonderful... but not if you don't even understand what an f-stop is. Taylor's series in photographing FOOD breaks photography down into its most basic techniques and teaches you from the ground up. The book is filled with photography examples, a crucial step in helping you understand the concepts he's sharing. He also provides all the camera settings he uses in shots to help you better reflect on your own settings. I find this comparison always insightful as it helps you visualize how different lighting scenarios and creative needs affect the final shot.
Added bonus: You can download these affordable guides individually and read as you go or download the entire set.
Where to buy: photographingFOOD.com - $5 per issue
(Disclosure: I receive no compensation off your purchase of this book recommendation. Opinions expressed are my own.)