Monday, March 17, 2008

Introducing Kerri McCaffety, Photographer of Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook


Kerri McCaffety is a photographer of rare talent. A graduate of Tulane's Newcomb College with a B.S. in Anthropology, she is a veteran photographer with 11 books to her credit -- five of which she also wrote. As one of the featured authors of Tales of the Cocktail 2007, John Mariani of Esquire refers to Kerri as "one of the great photojournalists in America." Her books largely focus on the culinary and architectural history of New Orleans.

In Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook, she again visits the culinary side of the Big Easy and creates photos where one can practically smell the rich astringency of the balsamic vinegar brown butter sauce or the heavy sweetness of dark chocolate. She further explores the enigmatic architecture of the city with photos of the classic buildings housing Ralph Brennan's Restaurant Group's three New Orleans venues as well as Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Disneyland throughout the book.

In McCaffety's biography, Eric J. Brock, an architectural and social historian, states that "Kerri McCaffety is, in my opinion, a genius. Her works are destined to become pillars of Louisiana's cultural record. Indeed they already are." Brock's words are indeed true with McCaffety's photos of famous (and infamous) French Quarter bars permanently stored in the Lousiana State Museum's archives. Her photographs have been featured in House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Town and Country and Travel & Leisure.

Her post-graduate internship was served under Peter Woloszynski, photographer of World of Interiors where she discovered a love of architecture and interiors. House Beautiful currently has two articles featuring her work online, one of which showcases her love of New Orleans architecture and interiors.

Joseph Urso, in his review of Kerri's book, St. Joseph Altars, dated February 20, 2004, on Amazon.com refers to the heirloom quality of her photography while Donald Mitchell "a practical optimist" and an Amazon Top 10 Reviewer in his review dated July 24, 2004, of Majesty of the French Quarter, compliments her attention to detail and says that "Versailles could use her talents."

SOURCE: "Kerri McCaffety" 2007
SOURCE: "Kerri McCaffety"
SOURCE: "House Beautiful"
SOURCE: "A Vivid Reminder" 02/20/04
SOURCE: "A Lush, Luxurious, Loving Look at the Vieux Carre" 07/24/00

Photo by Kerri McCaffety. Copyright by The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

1 comment:

Jamie M. said...

I was able to get a sneak peek at the new cookbook and was in awe of McCaffety's beautiful photographs. Every picture left me staring for minutes on end. I can't wait to get one of my own and display it to all my friends! McCaffety's talent and skills bring the Ralph Brennan cookbook to a level high beyond any traditional cookbook.