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Marilinda Hodgdon
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Marilinda Hodgdon has been styling food since 1978. Her iconic work can be seen in just about every ad medium known to man & woman. By 16 years of age, Marilinda was already the Head Cook at a Mom & Pop Italian restaurant, Mamma Mia’s, in Ocean City, NJ during her summers and weekends during the school year. After earning her BFA in ceramic and metal sculpture at the University of Georgia, she did her graduate work at California State University and taught ceramics at night. Marilinda then serendipitously stumbled into owning and operating her own home renovation company in Los Angeles. It was while she was renovating a house that her eye for detail, dexterity, and creativity caught the eye of the owner, Justine Frank, a veteran food stylist who asked Marilinda to become her assistant. Marilinda has been filmed for the Food Network shows “Chef at Large” and “TV’s Greatest Food Moments” as well as the Discovery Channel program “Daily Planet”. She has also been featured on Fox New’s Good Day America for both her food styling and her insect jewelry. Marilinda lectured on food styling at the Learning Annex in New York City in October 2007.

In her first blog, Marilinda, the self-proclaimed “Food Floozie” who will style food for anybody for money, hopes to share her knowledge and experiences with blog-readers, food-lovers, home cooks and aspiring food stylists. For a portfolio of her work, please see her professional site:

Blog Entries by Marilinda Hodgdon

Wild Maine Blueberry Crumble

(2) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 1:56 PM

Photos by David Bishop

On the end edge of wild Maine blueberry season, August, I saw the last pint in a grocery store. I bought them on a whim, knowing how super delightful they are on so many levels of humanity. I...

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Standing Prime Rib Roast

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Photo by David Bishop

When I was growing up we moved around a lot in the early years, due to my dad's occupation. We often lived in tiny towns on the southern coast of New Jersey. There was an annual tradition...

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Creamy Mustard Roasted Red Snapper

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 9:43 AM

Photo by David Bishop

I was asked to style a creamy mustard roasted fish recipe from a famous TV chef for an editorial photo shoot. I cooked the recipe as it was given to me. I thought it needed help. The sauce...

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Braised Lamb Pappardelle

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Photo by David Bishop

We often had lamb for Easter dinner growing up. Lamb seemed so special with its rich aroma. The hearty nature of lamb is well suited to the broad noodle pappardelle. Traditionally Tuscans serve pappardelle with hare, whose...

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Pear & Raspberry, Endive & Cress, Goat Cheese Salad

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Photo by David Bishop,

One of my all-time favorite combinations of fruit for a salad is pear with raspberries. I like to use Bosc pears because of their sweetness and crunchy texture. Raspberries are a perfect foil with...

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The Pickle Guys

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 2:03 PM


New Pickles

Photo by David Bishop

If you like pickles you will really enjoy the fantastic assortment of hand made pickles from The Pickle Guys at 49 Essex Street in the lower east side of Manhattan.

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Sicilian Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 9:24 AM

Sicilian Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Photo by David Bishop

By employing the fullest flavors possible and using visually appealing ingredients in the food we make and eat, we elevate appetite satiation, which drives and produces our sense of abundance and...

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Filet Mignon With Roasted Baby Vegetables and Cranberry Veal Demi Glace

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 2:59 PM

Photo by David Bishop

Tender and tasty filet mignon has comparatively little fat for beef (along the lines of sirloin, which is infinitely less tender) and is one of the lower calorie beef cuts, while being high in protein,...

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Tis the Season for Celeriac, the Other Root Vegetable

(19) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 1:19 PM


Baked Spiced Celeriac and Yam Fries

Photo by David Bishop


Photo by David Bishop

Celeriac, or celery root, is a kind of celery in the parsley family cultivated for its flavorful...

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Grilled Ratatouille with Broccolini

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 3:50 PM

Photo by David Bishop

Ratatouille has many faces and is intrinsically hearty, healthful and delicious. It is of French origin, the name being derived from the words ratouiller and tatouiller, two expressive forms of the French verb touiller, meaning 'to stir...

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Modernist Cuisine at WD-50/Food as a High Art Form

(13) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 11:22 AM


Quail Roulades with Nasturtium Yogurt and Sunchoke Confit

Photo by Sherif Tamim

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a wondrous 12 course tasting dinner and wine pairing at Wylie Dufresne's Modernist Cuisine Restaurant, WD-50, for the fourth time since it was...

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Strawberry Mousse Treats for a Calorie Conscious Budget

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 11:05 AM


Strawberry "Creme-cicle" Mousse

Strawberry Mousse Pops

Photos by David Bishop

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Having never been a calorie counter before now, I am intrigued by a diet trend that...

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The Taste of Summer: Cucumber Citrus Salad

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 6:05 PM


Photo by David Bishop

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With the bounty of the summer harvest in full swing, it is easy to delight in the splendor of its fruits. One of my fondest childhood memories is of sitting...

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Hurray for Gooseberry Sorbet!

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 5:27 PM

Photo by David Bishop

It is gooseberry season and they are gorgeous. The farmer's markets abound with them. Our purveyor, Maggie Nesciur of Flying Fox Fruiterer, brought us glorious branches abundant with berries for us to photograph. She provides New York City's top restaurants...

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Clafoutis for Two: Fruit Custard Tart Doubles as Breakfast

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 4:57 PM

Photo by David Bishop

As the local cherry season comes to a close, I present a childhood favorite, clafoutis. The beauty of this self-crusting simple, rustic dessert is that it uses ripe, seasonal fruit with a crepe batter that bakes up like a...

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Tuna Tortilla at Momoya

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 3:29 PM


I recently had the pleasure to sample this beautifully colorful and delicious cool summer treat at one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in NYC, Momoya -- located on the corner of 21st street and 7th Avenue. This stunning tuna tortilla came as...

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Joy With Jell-O (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 2:43 PM


Photo by David Bishop

For more than 30 years I have worked on advertising campaigns for gelatine brands. I have to admit that gelatine products are one of my favorite food stuffs to style because gelatine is innately beautiful, due to its...

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Simple Syrup Elegance in Buenos Aires

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 2:15 PM


One of the greatest perks of being a seasoned food stylist is the opportunity for travel around our fantastic, compelling and awesome world. In January I had the pleasure of working in Buenos Aires and stayed at the Park Hyatt Placio Duhau...

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The Art of Making Food Beautiful

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 11:06 AM

Secrets of a Food Stylist

For years people have been asking me to share my secrets for making food beautiful. The media and public alike have been fascinated with the profession of food styling and wonder out loud, "How do you get the food to look so good?" They all...

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Summer Seafood Panache

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 10:05 AM

Photo by David Bishop

Having grown up next to the ocean, seafood has always been a joy in my life. Whether it was waking before dawn to go crabbing with family, cracking the spiced steamed crustaceans on a newspaper-covered table, rendering each other...

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