Making photos that make your mouth water can be very satisfying, but even more satisfying for me is when my eyes see something that makes me say "Oooooh— Look at that." Little visual gems. It happened when Michael was making his mussels. The noon sun was high in the sky—not great light for shooting food because it's harsh and creates strong black shadows—but for very dark black mussels, the light was strong enough to uncover the colors in the black shells—that are beautiful little sculptures on their own. Here is another little gem I found when shooting in Chef Michael Symon's kitchen and he was working with fresh peas.
When you see something like that—you just have to shoot it—even if people think you're a little nuts. "What the hell is she doing?" Look for these things and when you see it—shoot it—and later hopefully others will say, "Ooooooh—Now I see".