1. Determine the best angle.
2. Try to find an area with natural light.
3. Have only the food present within the frame.
4. Focus on the point that attracts you the most about the object.
5. Consider a horizontal over a vertical format.
6. For hot dishes, be prepared to take the photo as soon as the dish leaves the oven or stove.
7. Choose a filter and an effect like blurring, but don't go overboard. Be prudent with your choices.