I've been thinking alot about plating and pictures as they have been discussed on other threads. My feeling is that in order to make something look good in a picture you have to be a food stylist. And from what I understand food stylists don't always use food in their pictures. They use all kinds of tricks to make the food appear delicious. There's no way I can achieve that at home because I am neither a food stylist nor am I a photographer. Take this dish for instance that we made for dinner just yesterday. This is Giouvarlakia, which are a pork/beef meatball made with onion, rice, parsley, and mint. They are then boiled in chicken broth and made into egglemon broth. It was by far the best giouvarlakia I've ever made. The meatballs didn't fall apart, there was just enough rice and mint in them, the broth was really flavorful, and the egglemon didn't separate. However when I look at it in the picture it looks so unappetizing. The meatballs are pale, the broth looks flat and if I saw this picture on a menu I would skip it. Then there is the yellow split pea puree with boiled dandelion greens that is so fresh and flavorful. But in the picture the dandelion greens look dark and menacing and the fava bean puree which is lightly drizzled with evvo just looks like there is a puddle of grease on the bottom. Can't win! I swear these dishes are delicious but you'd never know it by looking at them.