So inspired by the recipes from shooting this book, I broke down and bought a slow cooker. I had been kind of rebelling against the idea my entire adult life, swearing I don’t like stew or soup and especially turned off by the texture of slow cooked meat. Well… I was wrong. I like it all! These recipes by Kim Laidlaw are delicous and it’s a HUGE bonus that this style of cooking is something I can easily fit into my life. Which recipe will I cook tonight??
Aside from the recipes being delicious, the other fun part of this shoot was collaborating with Art Director Ali Zeigler whom had this really fun concept of doing lots of very organized ingredient shots throughout the book. Lillian Kang our food stylist got super pro at putting together these food puzzles. I have worked with Lillian more than a hand full of times, but her eye for composition really shined on this project. Shooting the graphic visual recipes was a really smart solution adding a super fresh quality to the book.
A few more shout outs.. Big thanks to Weldon Owen Publishing for having me back in the studio. It’s always a pleasure working with Jen Newens (publisher/editor) and Emma Rudolph (associate editor) and when you are talking about spending 8 days in a studio together you want it to be with good peeps, which these ladies certainly are. Glenn Jenkins as usual rocked us with his amazing prop collection and stellar style. Thanks Glenn! Also got to meet Olivia Terenzio, one of the writers behind Williams Sonomas blog Taste during the shoot when she popped by the studio. Olivia casually interviewed myself, Jen and Ali and put together a behind the scenes blog post on the making of this book which you can find here.