The Clean Plate Club, Episode #7: Deb Perelman

This week’s Clean Plate Club guest needs no introduction: if you’re reading this and you haven’t visited Smitten Kitchen, you have your food blog priorities out of whack. Deb is the queen of the form, the sun at the center of the food blog universe. Don’t believe me? How many food bloggers can you name with tens of millions of readers a month, profiles in The New York Times, and a best-selling cookbook to boot? Deb is the real deal and I’m so lucky she agreed to talk to me over Skype, though we did get into a huge fight about photography. Let me explain.

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Broken Wine Glass Splatter Art

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Doing dishes tonight, I inadvertently did that slapstick comedy trick of pulling the tablecloth out from under a bunch of dishes only to send all the dishes crashing to the floor. Only it wasn’t a tablecloth and it wasn’t a bunch of dishes: it was a dish towel and a half full wine glass. And it didn’t crash to the floor, it tipped and shattered on the table resulting in the image you see above.

But it’s a pretty image, isn’t it? Maybe even a work of art? If it is, I did it on purpose. I’m the Annie Leibovitz of broken wine glass photography.

P.S. That’s a box of Clementines you see on the lower left; I bought them today seeking a fruit fix in the late afternoon. They cost $6 for 8,000 Clementines (ok, not 8000–maybe 30? 20?) and they are so much fun to peel and eat. I’m going to go peel and eat one RIGHT NOW.