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Food Styling for the Holidays

Kim Kissling | Chef's Blade

William Sonoma cover image (photo by K.K.)

As for the thanksgiving turkey? Frozen turkeys can definitely be used (like the one shown above) but be sure to buy them far enough in advance so that they defrost completely. Several turkeys should be purchased to be sure that there is a variety of sizes, shapes and skin color. One never really thinks about it, but turkeys have a left side and a right side and depending on which way the turkey is angled for the shot will determine what side to show. Every turkey is different and each side of a turkey can be very different. So it’s always good to have multiple on hand. For this shot we had 25 turkeys in a refrigerated truck on location in the middle of the summer in northern California.

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