What’s your disclaimer?
All content on Savor the Salt is editorial and drawn from my personal experiences. In other words, I’m not paid to endorse products or restaurants.
I’ve invented the next great food product. Will you write about it?
If I happen upon your product and fall in love, I’ll share it on my blog. Some women obsess over shoes. I must confess my own obsession – – I go crazy for cooking ingredients. It’s a dangerous addiction, I know, but I can’t help but seek out farm markets and gourmet shops wherever I travel. My souvenirs make dinnertime at my house more fun!
Do you review cookbooks?
My collection is 400+ strong and growing despite the dwindling bookshelf space in my kitchen and library. What can I say? Cookbooks inspire me! I love nothing more than to discover fabulous cookbooks, spin new recipes my own way and talk about the results. Send me a note at email@example.com about your book and I’ll do my best to investigate.
I’m a publicist for a new restaurant/chef/gourmet food company/cooking school. Can I send you press releases?
Certainly – I love to learn about what’s new in the culinary world. Though with a limited number of hours in my writing/cooking day, I can’t promise I’ll write about your restaurant/chef/gourmet food company/cooking school on Savor the Salt.
DESIGN AND PHOTOS
Who takes the photos?
I take the photos on my site, and I’m learning more about lighting and technique every day. (Please forgive my earliest attempts!) When in-person photography is not available, I may use another photographer’s work, but I always give appropriate attribution.
One special note here. I try hard not to make my photography intrusive when dining in restaurants or shopping for gourmet finds. Sometimes the only appropriate image is one taken quickly so as not to interfere with the complete experience of a chef or shop owner’s patron. When I have more time, adequate lighting and the ability to style, my photographs are far more beautiful. Many of the flash photographs (which do not please me at all!) are taken while cooking at night for our family’s dinner and trying to record images in low-light situations.
What kind of camera and lens do you use?
My preferred camera was a my Nikon D70 with a Nikkor 18-70mm lens, but alas, some nefarious person helped him/herself to my trusty camera when I was busy studying something edible, I’m sure. I can only hope they are making magnificent pictures with my old friend and enjoying all of my family pictures on the memory card.
My new camera is a Nikon D5200 18-55mm with VR Lens Kit. I don’t pretend to know all, but it’s a wonderful camera.
And when I happen upon something truly wonderful and don’t have a bigger camera handy (a truly frustrating moment to be sure!), I may also use my IPhone’s built-in camera.
May I use your photos or blog posts in my website/magazine/publication?
Please ask permission first. My words and my photos are my work property and are copyrighted to me. If you’d like permission to reprint my photos or posts, please contact me and I’ll be happy to discuss specifics with you.
Confused about when you need to obtain publisher or author permissions?
You will need to understand what the law calls “fair use.” For more information, please refer to the U.S.Copyright Office for a comprehensive explanation of fair use regulations.
I’m your biggest fan. How can I follow you?
Can I email you?
Of course. I’ll do my best to get back to you soon. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How about snail mail?
I love fan mail! If I haven’t already answered your questions, you can reach me at: Michelle Valigursky, 3000 Old Alabama Road, Suite 119-221, Alpharetta, GA 30022