Photographer Todd Selby is so cool that you kind of just wish you could slip into his life for a few seconds. Or, at least I do. And from the huge following his website, The Selby, garners, I have a feeling I’m not alone. But Mr. Selby doesn’t often look inward. Rather, he points his lens at the interiors, kitchens, and homes of creatives around the world. As a photographer and illustrator, Selby approaches each space with an insiders-view, a documentary feel, of how the other coolest people in the world live. Now, he’s taken that to a whole new – food fantastic – level with the upcoming release of his new book, Edible Selby.
In a collaboration with the New York Times’ T Magazine (whom he works with on a column of the same name), Selby captures the intimate, edible corners of more than 40 of the most influential and dynamic players in the food industry today – you know, like, René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen or the illustrious French pastry chef, Pierre Hermé. He goes beyond the whites, capturing their gardens, homes, and, yes, restaurants and kitchens. Illustrations, watercolors, and recipes are bound next to photos from Paris to Chicago, Brooklyn to London, as Selby celebrates the world’s most exciting, inventive corners of the culinary world. Between the food, the art, and the stories it’s not clear whether Edible Selby is more cookbook or coffee table material but either way, it promises to make you feel cooler just owning it.