Eat, meet, discover
Life summarized in three words. We eat to live, we meet to love, we discover to develop. Everything is related to food, one way or another. Kitchen Table Food is a site by Tal Maes and explores the relationship between food, people, and places.
The story behind Kitchen Table Food
Kitchen Table Food started in 2013 as a site run by two Dutch friends with a passion for food, photography, and traveling: Petra de Hamer and me. We both moved abroad around the same time some years ago. Petra went to live in Berlin, I left for Washington, DC. Both photographers and text writers, we wanted to share our new exciting lives with each other and started Kitchen Table Food.
We both moved back to the Netherlands in 2015. Petra moved to ‘the Berlin’ of the Netherlands: Rotterdam. I went back to the Dutch equivalent of DC and my former hometown: The Hague.
Moving to another country after years of living abroad, even if it is back to your mother country, means starting over. Petra started working as an independent editor and concept maker for several publishing houses where she brings together authors, photographers, and designers. She is no longer contributing to Kitchen Table Food, but we are still good friends! We work together on books and projects and still share our food experiences with each other in private. More info about Petra at http://www.petradehamer.com
Back in the Netherlands I continued Kitchen Table Food and my work as a food and travel writer. My photos are featured in the Dutch culinary magazine Elle Eten (Elle Food), where I have a column with recipes and photos. My pictures have been published in several cookbooks (publishers Fontaine, Snor, mo’media). For more than 17 years, I have created recipes for different kinds of magazines, including the magazine of Albert Heijn, Holland’s largest grocery store. Additionally, I wrote several cookbooks, travel guides, and hiking guides. Over the past couple of years I also take commercial pictures for a large Dutch organic grocery store, De Natuurwinkel. My portfolio: http://www.talmaes.com
I couldn’t do my work without having my family around. My husband is a passionate bread baker, and both my daughters, Rosa and Flo, love to cook, bake, and eat. We discuss recipes, cook together, and influence each other. Flo even posted some of her scrumptious baking recipes here on Kitchen Table Food.