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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Alanna Hale Photographs Mission Chinese Food From the Inside Out

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click to enlarge Preparing for battle. - ALANNA HALE
  • Alanna Hale
  • Preparing for battle.

Photographer Alanna Hale, who's been filing SFoodie's "Behind the Menu" series of chef portraits, is working on another project: a portrait every day, which she posts on her Tumblr, alannahale.tumblr.com. Most of them are insiders' shots of 

Mission Chinese Food.

click to enlarge Sue. - ALANNA HALE
  • Alanna Hale
  • Sue.


Hale shot the photos for the Mission Street Food Cookbook, and though an MCF cookbook isn't in the works, she's been spending

time in its kitchen every week, documenting the chaos and talent behind the kitchen door, and

many of the photos on the Tumblr come from those sessions. Like this

one. Or this one. These aren't the Selby's glamorous portraits of Danny Bowien and Anthony Myint. Sometimes she accompanies the photos with a story of

her interactions with the cook, sometimes just a quip.

You had nothing to do this afternoon anyway, did you?

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