Michael Harlan Turkell, a once aspiring chef, now photographer, captures the inner workings of kitchens for his award-winning “BACK OF THE HOUSE” project, which documents the lives of chefs in their restaurant world.
As former photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, his recurring BACK OF THE HOUSE series appeared in the magazines from 2006 – 2011. Michael’s been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in Visual Storytelling, included in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers V2, (PowerHouse Books), received a Photo District News Photo Annual Award, and has had his photos printed in an array of publications, and cookbooks. He also hosts a show on HeritageRadioNetwork.org called THE FOOD SEEN, which he brings together guests working at the intersections of food and art, which was a finalist for a Stitcher Award in both 2012 and 2013.
He has photographed the “The New Brooklyn Cookbook”, for William Morrow/Harper Collins, Clinton Street Baking Co.’s cookbook for Little, Brown and Company, “Simple Food, Big Flavor” with Chef Aarón Sanchez (Atria/Simon & Schuster), “Beginnings” by Chris Cosentino Weldon Owen, Anarchy in a Jar’s Jam On cookbook (Penguin), Sara Jenkins’ New Italian Pantry app, Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery in Boston, MA, Flour Too cookbook (Chronicle Books), Brooklyn Farmacy’s “The Soda Fountain” (Ten Speed Press), and The Meat Hook Meat Book (Artisan), He’s currently working on, The New England Kitchen with Chef Jeremy Sewell of Lineage, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard, all in Boston, (Rizzoli, Fall 2014), Marco Canora’s “A Good Food Day” (Clarkson Potter, Winter 2014) and upcoming “Brodo” book, Chris Cosentino’s Offal cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2015), which he is co-authoring. He is now writing his first cookbook, “ACID TRIP: a vinegar cookbook” (Abrams Books, Spring 2017). He also sits on the board for the Food Book Fair. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wine writing wife, and a cat that has a beer named after it (Sixpoint Craft Ales’ Masons Black Wheat).