I've been a commercial photographer for over 10 years. In those years one of my favorite things to shoot is food. I've worked with some of the biggest companies in the world like Google, Zagat, Under Armour etc and I'm always delighted to take on these clients.
Food to me is art, a community builder, tradition, and congealed life all in one. I think good food makes us more prosperous as humans. I also enjoy the challenges and skills I've learned taking on massive food projects as well as small ones.
Modern science also tell us the the visual matters. Not only that but it could be our brains trying to form a coherent message. Were all using visual to tell a story in our minds. This is simply the current state of affairs or what we all have to work with. As one New York Times article put if "Yes looks do matter." in the article it states (reflecting on Susan Boyle from American Idol):