Welcome to the Food Styling group's maiden voyage! I'm just going to dive right in to get the ball rolling:
I don't mind admitting that my first food photos were taken with a pretty shoddy digital camera with low resolution and not a lot of features. I've only recently upgraded to a better "novice" digital camera on my journey towards a very yummy camera complete with lots of bells and whistles.
I've got my eyes on the Nikon D80 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/NikonD80/
but I'm always open to hearing what others use and/or wish for.
So dive in and share your equipment experiences..