I very much agree with the rule "Less is More" when it comes to food photography. There was a time when food photographs looked like Sunday brunch at a resort hotel. "Let's show them everything we can." I believe, though, that the simple elegance of focusing in on a single subject is more powerful because your eyes are not dancing about trying to land.
Michael's dad took us all on a cruise in the Caribbean and got us a cabin with a balcony off the back of the boat. To me, this was the very best thing of the entire experience. One evening, as the sun was going down, I got totally obsessed with the patterns in the water that the engine of the ship was making as we pulled out of port. My family is used to me sometimes disappearing into my own world with my face pressed against my viewfinder--but it seemed Mom was taking way too many photos off the back of the ship. When we returned and I looked at the dozens of these ocean images I was glad I had taken them but didn't know what to do with them. I found I couldn't just pick one to represent the experience. 3 together side by side evokes motion--like a film strip. Now what would ten images together look like? Hmmm. Another good rule: "Know When To Stop."