Meet our newest addition to Field Notes and dear friend of Brightland, Maya Bookbinder. Maya is a food stylist based in Los Angeles, she previously worked as a baker before discovering food styling. She loves how food styling allows her to constantly collaborate with other creatives and is always learning new techniques. When she isn't shopping, schlepping, prepping, cooking or styling, she's usually out exploring food and art in LA.
Q&A with Maya
Brightland: What do you like to keep out on your kitchen countertop or "kitchen shelfie"?
Maya: Currently my kitchen countertop has a bottle of Brightland, a bottle of honey, a pepper grinder, Maldon salt, Diamond's Kosher salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and a little bottle of oregano oil cause I'm fighting a cold.
Brightland: What does living in a golden state mean to you?
Maya: Living in a golden state means shopping at fabulous farmers markets alongside celebs year round. Stars are truly just like us.
Brightland: If you could host a dinner party at home and invite 3 guests, who would they be, what would you serve and what music would play in the background?
Maya: My dinner party guests would be RuPaul, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Amy Sedaris. I'd probably serve something low fuss like fish tacos or pizza. Those are my favorite things to make while having people over cause everyone can help with some element (so I'm not stuck in the kitchen alone) and who doesn't like tacos or pizza? If I'm being honest, the music playing would be a chill disco playlist made by my boyfriend, cause he's truly the dj of the house.
Brightland: If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life (but receive all the nutritional benefits + look fabulous), what would you choose?
Maya: This one is easy. I would eat bagels and lox for the rest of my life. Specifically from Russ & Daughters, with all the fixings.
Brightland: What is your favorite way to unwind at home?
Maya: Watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in cozy sweatpants and some hits of the Dosist calm pen or a glass of wine. Also, a Korean sheet face mask.
Onion, Thyme, and Meyer Lemon Focaccia, Featuring Brightland
- 1 pound of pizza dough (You can either buy fresh of frozen dough from the market or make your own dough, Maya suggests a 1 pound pizza dough from Whole Foods)
- 4 Tablespoons of Brightland's ALIVE, plus more for drizzling
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- A handful of Thyme
- 1 Meyer lemon
- Course salt, such as Maldon salt, for sprinkling
Tip: For a crunchier focaccia crust, sprinkle cornmeal all over the bottom of the pan before putting the dough down