macaroon bible -- behind the scenes

Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot
Macaroon Bible photoshoot

It's that time of year again when all of the new Fall books start coming out. I get preview copies of them a little early if I worked on the book. But The Macaroon Bible is in stores now, and if I must say so myself, it's pretty darned cute. The author isDan Cohen, founder of Danny Macaroons. If you've never had the pleasure to try out Dan's macaroons or don't live in a city where you can pick some up (he does ship!), you might want to pick up a copy of the book instead -- they're just so good when they're still warm from the oven.As each new book arrives on my desk, I'm reminded of the photo shoots. The shoot for this book was about a year ago. The amazing Alice Gao (at the left) was the photographer. It was the first cookbook she'd ever shot. If you don't already know and love Alice's work, I have to urge you to check out her Instagram feed. All of the photographs in this blog post are by me though. Trust me, Alice's photos in the book are much nicer, and I urge you to check it out for yourself to see.The amazing props for the shoot were done by Kira Corbin. I'd just started working with Kira (to the right of Alice in the photo above) about a month earlier, and then we ended up partnering on four different projects all in a row. She's got a great eye for props, in case you couldn't tell from my photos here.And that's Vivian Lui doing the food styling. She's a great talent too. We had such a dream team of women on this shoot. Vivian is so careful about everything she does, while still being open to making changes if something wasn't quite right. If she can put up with me as an art director, she has to be a really nice person.And that's Chelsea Zimmer who assisted Vivian in the kitchen. I'll be working with Chelsea in the next couple of weeks on some other projects which I'm really excited about.Needless to say, everyone ate everything in sight on this shoot. It was such a treat. And there were so many extra macaroons, we were all bringing bags of extras home with us to share with friends. (Sometimes I have to slap myself to remember this is actually part of my job.) And remember, these are just my snapshots -- the photos in the real book by Alice are so much prettier.So if you're not drooling yet, let me say a few more things about The Macaroon Bible. First, making macaroons at home is super easy, once you have a good base recipe like Dan's. These never fail. And even more important (at least to me) is that macaroons are naturally gluten-free (except for two recipes in the book -- one with beer and one with pretzels added). I really don't bake at home anymore, but when I'm in the mood, these recipes come to my rescue every time, with just about every flavor combination you can think of, including these super yummy "sandwiches" shown in the photo just above.

Falling off the Bone and a giveaway

Falling off the BoneNote: This drawing is now closed.  One of the things I love about Fall are the new cookbooks.  On this same day in 2009 I was on a photoshoot for the next cookbook by the acclaimed Jean Anderson.  That's not too intimidating.  It's not like she's a legend or anything...  Truth be told, at the time Jean didn't think we needed too many photos in the book.  I'm a big fan of food photography, so I asked her to trust me, and now we're all thrilled with the results.  Falling off the Bone was just published, and the photos are mouthwatering.  These are actually all my own snapshots from the shoot, but I'm getting so hungry as I look them over and write this.propspropsThanks go to stylist Lynda White for the amazing props.  How lucky were we that we got to play with all this awesome stuff?  The real photos in the book were taken by the uber-talented Jason Wyche.  You can check out a few of his shots (and some yummy recipes from the book) here.Simon AndrewsAnd of course that's the skilled Simon Andrews doing the prop styling.  (He's definitely not as serious as he looks in that photo.)Falling off the BoneFalling off the BoneFalling off the BoneYum, right?  With all that great styling, even my snapshots look a little awesome. Not a lot of people are reading my new blog yet, but I'm doing a giveaway for a copy of Falling off the Bone anyway, if you just post a comment to be entered in the drawing.  (U.S. residents only for the giveaway, but feel free to say hi even if you live elsewhere.)  Good luck.