John wrote the seminal book Food Photography and Styling, two children’s cookbooks, Look Who’s Cooking and The Cookie Cookbook and Cape Cod Chef’s Table, Recipes from Buzzards Bay to Provincetown, Great Italian American Food in New England, History, Traditions & Memories, and his latest book, Great Cape Cod Food Finds. He has been published in Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture, The New York Times, The Boston Globe. Bon Appetite, L’italo-Americano Italian newspaper, The National Italian American Foundation’s Ambassador Magazine and Edible Cape Cod where he won an EDDY for Best use of Recipes in a feature and has been profiled in the Italian publication of ER (Emilia Romagna). In addition to presenting papers at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery in England, he has organized the biannual International Conference on Food Styling and Photography at Boston University. Carafoli was also featured on the TV Food Network’s Ultimate Kitchens, and NPR.
“Today, I live, what most people see, as an idyllic life style. I live in an 1840’s farmhouse on over an acre of land. I have an orchard, which I planted with a variety of fruit trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes grow in the back yard, several fig trees and chickens. The land abuts cranberry bogs. Besides gardening in the summer, I harvest oysters and clams in the winter months. It is a great way to connect with nature. I still food style but only creative jobs that interest me and I spend most of my time now writing/consulting and recipe development. I have duel citizenship with Italy and travel there to study the language, food and my roots.“