A few months back I posted the Food Photography Tutorial, Props Part I, which was primarily focused on how to create backgrounds using paint and various tiles to create different looks. This next installment is a continuation of that topic, using an even easier (and cheaper) resource.
When photographing food (or really anything), you can set a mood using lots of different tricks and tools, but the first place to start is with your backgrounds. Give close attention to the colors you choose, and the feelings they invoke. Will they enhance the look of the food, or distract from it? Also, should you use a patterned, textured, or solid background?