Name Gaby Dalkin (@whatsgabycookin)
Trade Chef, Food Blogger, & Globetrotter at What's Gaby Cooking?
Panel Mastering Food Photography: The Ins & Outs of the Perfectly Posed Shot
What's Gaby Cooking? is all about living the California Girl life no matter where you actually live! That means a life where it's always sunny, where smart healthy choices for lunch happily exist with Slutty Brownies for dessert, and where there's always room for guacamole. The California Girl life also means hitting the road now and again for new adventures, and exploring the world through food.
What’s at the top of your to-do list today?
Planning my upcoming trip to Germany! I'm heading there in September to explore the food scene and I can't wait. I've been a handful of times but it was back when I was the pickiest eater on the planet, so I'm excited to do some research and find the best places to grab a bite and a pint!
Which of your recipes would you suggest to the totally amateur—but hopeful—foodie?
I say start with a pizza! It's approachable because it's something we are all familiar with but you can jazz it up and really get your inner foodie on! This Corn Cilantro Jalapeno Pizza is currently rocking my world. And it's great because you can make it with chorizo if you're a meat eater, or keep it vegetarian and use soy-rizo if that's more your speed! From there—sky's the limit! Keep experimenting and getting crafty as you become more and more comfortable in the kitchen.
Now that it’s officially cherry season, what are you adding to your dessert menu?
Cherries never quite make it to dessert for me because I eat them by the pound straight from the farmers market—I'm obsessed! But, if I showed a little self restraint then it would for sure be a cherry pie!
You’re the ultimate California Girl, but any food/restaurants you’re looking forward to in Chicago?
OMG where do I even start. I'm flying in early specifically to eat at some fab restaurants. Nando's Peri-Peri is this incredible South African chicken restaurant that just features epic chicken with various dipping sauces—I'm in! I love Girl & The Goat, Piccolo Sogno, The Publican, and Taxim, too!
What’s the last interweb rabbit hole you went down?
Yesterday I spent an inordinate amount of time researching the best patio dining in Los Angeles. Literally two hours of Google searches and image searches to figure out where the heck I should host my husbands 30th birthday dinner. Because not only does it have to be delicious, but I need to make sure it's Instagram friendly too!
What tools and/or apps are essential to your work?
I live by my TeuxDeux app. It's a giant to-do list that keeps me organized and you can move things around easily if your schedule changes. Slack is my lifeline when it comes to web work. The What's Gaby Cooking team is mostly based in Los Angeles and Slack lets us work remotely, stay connected, and share docs really easily. I also love Buffer, which allows me to schedule content ahead of time as I do quite a bit of traveling for work and I'm not always at my desk!
Which part of your business comes the most naturally to you? What skills have you had to work overtime to develop?
I'm a people person, so I love getting creative with my clients and coming up with awesome ideas or getting out there and networking with fellow influencers and publishers! As my business has become more successful, I've had to work on developing a thicker skin. It's just business and I needed to learn not to take things so personally!
Who do you go to for advice (in life, work, and/or food)? I'm so lucky to be surrounded by an incredible network of people. I talk to my mom like five times a day and she's always in the know about what's going on in my business, so I bounce ideas off of her all the time. My husband works in the industry too, so he's always quick to help out when I need advice. And my best friend is Matt Armendariz (@mattarmendariz). He's a blogger and photographer extraordinaire. We talk shop all the time!