I usually shoot food with my trusty Panasonic Lumic DMC LX3...typically at widest zoom, auto ISO capped at 400, AE at f/2, no flash.
This article, I used the H3D-39. Click on the picture for a larger 1920pixel wide image.
The Nam Yu Roast Chicken...glistening in its very crispy skin, very tender and moist insides.
Whole roast chicken, chopped and plated: