Clay McLachlan is a photojournalist based in Sausalito and Piedmont, Italy. His work has taken him to more than 45 countries, and his images have appeared in countless publications including: Food and Wine, Gourmet, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusisast, Decanter, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, National Geographic Traveler (Cover Feature October 2012), Departures, Time, People, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. Given his passion for food, wine, and travel, Clay brings exceptional depth and sensitivity to his subjects.
Clay is currently at work on his twelfth cookbook, Einkorn: The Most Ancient Grain. His most recent books, published in October 2012 and April 2013 and September 2013 respectively, are Root to Stalk Cooking: The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee and Modern Art Deserts. His book Cooking with Chocolate produced with the Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona with preface by Pierre Herme was nominated for a James Beard Awared 2012 and garnered the best cookbook of the year, Chocolate, by the World Cookbook Awards in Paris in 2011. Clay won Best Seafood Cookbook 2013 for a book he photographed called Seafoodpedia with world renowned restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel. He photographed many of France's Michelin 3-Star Chefs for a previous title for Flammarion, L'Encyclopedie de la Gastronomie Francaise, a 512 page book published in France in 2009, and entitled French Cooking in English in October 2010. He also worked on a series of books with Eric Kayser who owns more than 25 bakeries in France, Japan and the USA. In addition, Clay's work has been featured in numerous wine and travel related books, including Les Plus Grands Vins du Monde, Fodor's, Frommer's. Commercial clients have included Apple, Diageo Chateau and Estates, Allied Domecq, Domaine Joesph Drouhin, Bionaturae, Jovial Foods, Chateau Haut Bailly and Microsoft.
Clay was a staff photographer at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (part of the New York Times Company) where, in addition to covering news, he helped conceptualize and was the principal photographer for Savor, the newspaper's quarterly magazine about food and wine in northern California. He also worked extensively covering news for Reuters and the Boston Globe as well as Sports for Sports Illustrated Magazine.Clay is fluent in French and Italian.