Lisa Fain, aka Homesick Texan started her blog in September of 2005. The title of her nationally-popular blog, which the London Times this year named one of the world’s best food blogs, says everything. She’s a seventh generation Texan who has been living in New York City for almost fifteen years. She cooks, photographs and blogs about her favorite Texas foods from her apartment, often writing tidbits of her cherished childhood memories that go along with dishes.
BEHIND THE PORTRAIT:
I’ve been thinking about shooting a series of portraits about the people behind food everyone from chefs and writers to producers and line cooks. I asked Lisa if she would be willing to sit for the first one. She cheerfully agreed. A week later, I found myself in Lisa’s New York apartment meeting Buster, her native Texas cat. Buster demanded a role in our portrait session and rightly so; Lisa found the 20-year-old cat behind the legendary dance hall the Broken Spoke back when she lived in Austin, Texas.
Lisa was a little camera shy in the beginning, but like all good Texans, she had a nice bottle of tequila and loosened up after a round of shots. That was all it took. She had a perfect location in her beautifully-lit bedroom (which, coincidentally, is where she shoots the food featured in her blog) and an amazing collection of cowboy boots – I think I counted nine pairs.
I’m honored and proud to feature The Homesick Texan in this occasional photographic series called “Food Moment.”