Behind The Scenes With Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine

It was back in March when I received an email from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine editor-in-chief Anna Last asking if I would be interested in creating a story for their special summer issue.

I had briefly met Anna last year when I went to a party at the MSLO offices and I have been a fan of the magazine for a long time. Needless to say I was utterly excited and jumped on the idea right away.

When I started to think about possible locations to shoot, my first thought was my friend Lena’s new house. She was in the middle of renovations, but her contractor did miracles and finished on time for us to shoot.

The kitchen is full of light, modern yet inviting, there is a pool and a dock for fishing… It was perfect for a summer outdoor party photo shoot.

I brought most of my dishes and props as we wanted to keep it true to my style and how I really cook and entertain for my friends and family.

We started early in the morning preparing the menu items for the evening party. Spanish tortilla, ensalada mixta, shrimp, cannellini and fennel salad, chilled corn soup, heirloom tomato salad, raspberry and yogurt sorbet, almond shortbreads, horchata sherbet for milkshakes, and honeydew mojitos.

It was such a fun day. Lena and Ted’s kids, Ethan and Cal, helped me prep. So awesome to watch them cut with my 10-inch chef’s knife. Already pros.

The amazing John Kernick shot the entire story. I was really impressed by how simply he worked. And so laid back, which I appreciated.

Later that evening, my family arrived and we had a party! Kids swam, even spent time fishing on the dock, we ate, chatted, and had ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes to top it all off. Perfect summer day.

Here is an image of the cover and you can find the entire 10-page story inside it.

The magazine is full of summer menu ideas and recipes I want to try. Heidi and Ree also share some of their favorite summer recipes. It is on newsstands everywhere now, so if you see it, pick it up!

Thank you the Everyday Food team, John, and Lena!

Images 1, 2, and 10 are courtesy of Everyday Food.

All other images are courtesy and copyright of Lena Hyde and cannot be used without permission.

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102 Responses to “Behind The Scenes With Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine”

  1. tami says:

    Aran – what a wonderful spread in Everyday Food…and what a nice treat to give us a glimpse behind the scenes. It’s all so beautiful :)

    - t*

  2. Fantastic! What a wonderful opportunity to harness your talents and wonderful aesthetic view. Loved all the prop photos and the light in that kitchen is a dream! Thanks for the tip on the issue; will pick one up right away!

  3. Amy says:

    This is so beautiful, Aran! Well deserved spread and I’m so proud. xo-Amy Atlas

  4. argone says:

    great photo shoot ! I like the tomatoes picture …

  5. Wow, congrats! You look magnificent. A lovely feature.



  6. Hey Aran, that all looks so beautiful. I love the bright lightning conditions and the light colors. i keep my eyes peeled for to MS Magazine here in Canada. Anja

  7. I saw the article last week — beautiful. Looks like a fun day! Can’t wait for October.

  8. So, so beautiful + well-deserved! Congratulations on such a lovely feature, cannot wait to get my issue in the mail!

  9. it was so lovely to see you in the issue, everything looked beautiful, fresh simple it makes one want to make every single thing. aran you looked radiant, happy and glowing! Lena home looked so inviting for hot summer days- how fun it all is!

  10. I don’t very often comment but I always come – you’re such a hero and inspiration, you know! Congratulations on having a chance to share what you love to do with so many in this magazine publication – it looks absolutely lovely!

    Best wishes!

    Katy Noelle

  11. congratulation! this is such a great place to find delicious recipies and delicious photos!

  12. Jelanie says:

    Wow Martha is so lucky to have you in this issue!
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  13. Itxaso says:

    Ze polite! Ia gaur topetan doten errebistea, pasa dan astean ibili nintzen begire baia ez noan ikusi. Jo, eta hor “bask” country ikusite harrotu iten naz jajaja. Oso guapa Aran, eta mahaie ze polito dauen ipinite, bueno, dana!Ondo segidu eta mosu handi bet.Aste bi barru banoa ya etxerantza!!Amesetan iten dot ya han nauela, ai ama… zelango ganea!

  14. Nisrine says:

    This post is very fresh and conveys the essence of summer.

    Congrats, Aran!

  15. Ivy says:

    What a treat! I will look for the magazine so I can enjoy the article and your amazing work.

  16. Brittany says:

    Love the MS magazines, and I’ll be sure to pick this issue up! All the food looks incredible!

  17. Wow! Congratulations! This shoot looks amazing and you look amazing in it.

  18. Coco says:

    Congratulations Aran! This is so exciting and I will pick up a copy this afternoon!

  19. thanks guys for your kind words! hope you have a chance to pick up a copy!

  20. Lovely feature.
    Wonderful pictures.
    Kisses anda come visiting me.

  21. Looks very tasty and fun! Congrats!

  22. El says:

    You go girl! What a great experience. It couldn’t happen to nicer person…Congratulations.

  23. Patricia says:

    Congratulations! it’s great Photo shoot!!

  24. Lillian says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Love that her sons helped you and those tiles in the kitchen – to.die.for:) What a gorgeous home, food and party planner! And I love both your dress and your friends’ dress – so pretty.

  25. Mary Sanavia says:

    I’m so happy for you! beautiful work as always.

  26. So beautiful ans sincere. Great job!

  27. Aran, stunning! Thank so much for giving us a sneak peak. Un beso!

  28. congratulations, that must have been such an experience. it looks so fantastic!

  29. deivid says:

    iufaaa! enorme! zorionak tigresa!

  30. Aran, so gorgeous! You deserve all of the attention, you are amazing, and you have definitely changed the gluten free world. Thank you!

  31. What a wonderful experience and it’s so great to see you in action, Aran! Congratulations!! I’m very excited to read it!

  32. ARAN says:


  33. Jess says:

    Just wanted to say that I came across your blog this weekend and love your writing and photography! Thanks!

  34. Jess says:

    Hi, not sure if that last comment went through or not but I just want to say I found your blog last weekend and love the writing and photography! Looking forward to reading more. Thanks!

  35. Aran, amazing post. Love the pictures and the freshness of the recipes. I am trying to find this issue here in Canada to pick it up. You look great by the way. Thanks for sharing with us this experience.

  36. Jescel says:

    Congratulations! That must be an awesome feeling, being featured in Martha Stewart. Will pick up a copy for sure.

  37. Such a lovely feature, Aran – congratulations! It is so lovely to see you on the other side of the camera ;-) x

  38. cafenoHut says:

    Congratulations… You deserve everything. Your photos made me very happy every time.

  39. Seanna Lea says:

    That story looks terrific. I don’t always pick up Everyday Food, but I will definitely get it this month.

  40. juliana says:

    q hermosas fotos! y salir en semejante revista, felicitaciones! me encantaria ver la nota completa, pero aca no llega, asi q me conformo son ver este preview q nos ofreces.

  41. Manderley says:

    You are a lucky woman!! I envy you…hahahah

    The photos are wonderful


  42. Meisi says:

    Muchas felicidades! la verdad es que Martha tiene suerte de tenerte en su número… tienes talento por todas partes!

  43. Meisi says:

    Ah! y por supuesto, me compro y me bajo ya el numero al iPad :) (maravillas de la técnica no tener que esperar a comprarlo a distancia)

  44. Pilar says:

    Ya compré la revista y me encantó tu artículo. Felicidades!

  45. How fantastic Aran! I look forward to downloading it and having a good look. You look fantastic!

  46. I love the behind the scenes look at this project. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  47. Aran – te leo desde tus comienzos. Me has ayudado tanto y te he visto evolucionar hasta esta maravillosa artista en la que te has convertido. Te felicito. Estoy orgullosa de ti. Te lo mereces. Esta espectacular la revista, no me hubierse esperado menos! Felicidades!

  48. I’m in love with the popsicle on the cover of the magazine. I want to eat it right now!

  49. WOW! Congratulations! I can’t wait to get that magazine in my hands!!! Looks beautiful, as always :)

  50. Angela KL says:

    Fantastic.. congrats Aran. You look great and I spot little M. in the mag too.

  51. Nanna says:

    If you were to recommend one lens in particular for your Canon 5D which is a good “all-rounder”, what would it be? One that you could use both in the kitchen and outside taking photos of your kids? Or does that lens not exist?

    Many thanks,
    Nanna :-)

  52. Aiman says:

    wow! i wish i was there. You are amazing and continue to wow us.

  53. Juliana says:

    Congratulations! I’m having my American family get me a copy so I can read it, too.

  54. Nieves says:

    Bavo Aran! estas muy linda y fresca!
    exactamente como te imagino :)

  55. Fabulous Aran! Well Done you!! You look fantastic too. x

  56. so beautiful! how exciting. the photos turned out gloriously.

  57. Thanks guys for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!

    Nanna- i really like the 24-105 f4. sharp and light.

    eskerrik asko!

  58. Lovely feature Aran. Everything styled perfectly and looking delicious. You look happy!

  59. Shelby says:

    What a lovely spread Aran, Congratulations!!!

  60. Thanks so much guys! I’m in the middle of finishing my manuscript and your words serve as great encouragement. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  61. Yvette says:

    Congrats! The photos are gorgeous. Well done!

  62. a. maren says:

    honeydew mojitos?? wow. sounds amazing. congratulations on your article, everything looks incredible!

  63. What a wonderful feature… and I love the kitchen.. fantastic!

  64. Maria says:

    Aran, I actually got the magazine today and loved the entire spread. It was so great to see you in a different light outside of the blog. And all the food looks so delicious. En hora buena!

    Maria @ A Platter of Figs

  65. greenthyme says:

    I just picked up this issue once I saw your post. Congratulations! What a beautiful spread, food, and photographs! Makes me want to be right there. A great representation of summer at its best.

  66. I just adore this spread… I’m so thrilled that they asked you to do this. Many many congratulations.

  67. So beautiful! Such a great feature. Congratulations! xoxo

  68. Umar says:

    Incredible List u have

  69. Jane says:

    Congrats! It’s a great article and issue.

  70. Congratulations to you and cannot wait to pick up a copy.

  71. Aran – se que estas en el medio de una maravillosa actuvidad y, probablemente, muy ocupada, asi que por favor sientete libre de ignorar este request. Pero es que solo confio en ti como autoridad de la cocina espannola que tanto amo! Ya se, ya se, la comida espannola es super regional y puede ser que no conozcas mucho de la cocina asturiana (de lo que te preguntare)pero trato de todos modos. Recuerdo con mucho placer unas crepes asturianas llamadas fayuelos, o frixuelos o algo asi. Recuerdo que sabian un poco a anise, un poco a levadura, un poco a canela, un poco a cielo.

    Sabras como hacerlas?

    Gracias de antemano!

  72. Congratulations Aran! For your beautiful work and inspiring post.

    Zorionak Aran!:))

  73. Rachel Alison says:

    This is all so beautiful and inspiring! I wondered where to find the ice cream and popsicle molds? I recently bought the book “Paletas” after a trip to Mexico and can’t wait to start experimenting. Thanks!

  74. The Bird Cage- pues la verdad es que no lo conozco. Lo has mirado en google?

    Rachel- I got mine at Amazon. They have many varieties.

    Thanks all and have a great weekend!

  75. Lucia says:

    Oh, what a dream coming true! I’d love to live in an English speaking country just for having the chance to get the magazine :-)

  76. Aran – so completely amazing! Congratulations!

  77. wow, congratulations, that’s amazing! I don’t know if I can find the mag here in Switzerland, but I will definitely do my best!

  78. Congratulations, Aran! What an incredible & memorable opportunity! Well deserved! I’m a new follower & {ADORE} your work! Cheers from AZ!

  79. Thanks for showing us this, Aran. Everything is so beautiful and bright. Can’t wait to get my copy.

  80. Carmen says:

    Enhorabuena!!! wau que trabajo. te lo merecetes y es una suerte que ellos cuenten contigo…por ellos (por ti tambien claro). bso Carmenzh

  81. Lissa says:

    after seeing this blog post I went and purchased the magazine. I found your article to be so inspiring! I’m especially excited about your upcoming cookbook as I must eat gluten free as well. What a beautiful spread in the magazine! You must be thrilled.

  82. Marialuisa says:

    ¡Felicidades por ser tan buena embajadora de nuestra cocina al otro lado del atlántico!.
    Congrats for being such a good ambassador of our culture and food across the Atlantic!. Thanks for sharing this with us!.
    Un abrazo /Love
    Marialuisa (in the basque country)

  83. Sue Cuevas says:

    Sue from Logroño

  84. Roberta says:

    It looks like you had a great great time together, How fun!
    I do like this ‘behind the scene’ stories and posts… I am always interested in the creative process and how things come together (ideas, people, stories) and the outcome here is absolutely brilliant!
    Just a question: for those of us living in europe is there a chance to buy/see the magazine at all?
    (Sorry if this question has already been asked, I couldn’t read all the previous messages…)

  85. Roberta- i don’t think it’s available in europe unless you are able to order it from somewhere where they distribute US magazines. Sorry… :(

    Thank you guys for your kind words. For those of you who have seen it, hope you try the recipes!

  86. Good for you Aran. A food blogger’s dream come true. Hope to be in your shoes some day soon!
    Congrats and much more success.

  87. I just want to add that I think your pictures are beautiful – what a lovely blog! And congrats :)

  88. Robin says:

    You are absolutely beautiful and how wonderful is it to receive this recognition? Congrats! -Robin

  89. Anonymous says:

    Hi Aran, can you please please please please tell me where you purchased those beautiful white patterned dinner plates in your pictures. I have looked around the entire web and I cannot find them, and I would really appreciate if you could tell me where you found them.

  90. The plates are from Anthropologie. Cute!

  91. Unknown says:

    Where did you get that beautiful linen dress?

  92. Great post! The food looks delicious! (As usual)

  93. Erin says:

    How exciting! I’m a longtime everyday food subscriber so can’t wait to get this in the mail!

  94. Finally found a copy today… What a great spread, Aran! You look totally wonderful, the food is fabulous. Such a fantastic recognition of your amazing talent and hard work. Congratulations!

    Paula Walters

  95. Congratulations on the spread! You totally deserve it

  96. Loved this whole spread! Found your blog as a result. And as someone else asked, where oh where DID you get that gorgeous ivory dress!?

  97. Whitney Rae- must have missed the previous comment about my dress. It is from calypso St Barth. Bought it back in march so not sure if they still carry it. It’s linen and super comfortable.


  98. peru delights says:

    Hi Aran, well done! You deserve this wonderful spread in the magazine, your work is so beautiful.Felicitaciones.

  99. Terri says:

    Aran, what a beautiful spread and pictures. I would love to know where you generally shop for your dishes and props. They are so bright and different. Thanks, Terri

  100. Congratulations! Been a long time reader of your blog though not so much a commenter (sorry). I have always loved your photography, style, and food. Well done!

  101. Kenon says:

    Sounds like such an amazing oppourtunity to have had! Congratulations! Your friends kitchen looks stunning! Oh how I wish to own a house with a kitchen that size some day soon :)

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