Cookbook Update: Behind the Scenes

If you didn’t already know, I’m writing a cookbook! Crazy for Cookies, Brownies and Bars will be out in spring 2022, published by Quarto/Harvard Common Press.

This post is a little behind the scenes look at how the book is coming – it’s so close to being done (the first version, that is).

Cookie Cookbook Photography

I’ve done all my own photos for this book, except for a few lifestyle ones done by a local photographer.

Most importantly, every recipe in the book will have it’s own photo! That was a huge deal to me because people eat with their eyes first.

Want a sneak peek of some of the recipes in the book?

This photo was taken for the cover of the brownie and bars chapter:

overhead shot of plate of brownies

And here is a look at the CRAZY cookie chapter:

overhead platter of cookies

I’ve learned a TON about photography over the last few months. I used to hate overhead photos but now I absolutely love them.

camera over platter of cookies taking photo

(Those are a few of the NO BAKE cookies and bars that will be in the book!)

Behind the Scenes: Lifestyle Photography

I needed an author headshot plus I wanted some photos in the book that I just couldn’t take myself: of me cooking, holding platters of cookies, etc.

I have a fabulous local photographer (True Love Photo) who I work with often. Beth has taken all of my headshots and many of the lifestyle social media photos on my Instagram for the last several years. She came over earlier this week to do a huge lifestyle shoot.

Here are some fun behind the scenes pics of us doing the shoot:

photographer taking picture of woman in kitchen with cookies all over white counter

So many cookies made to prepare for this day!

photographer taking picture of woman in pink shirt in front of pink background

Then she added 2 more jars to my hands lol!

woman in pink shirt with pink background holiding cake and throwing confetti

The confetti was everywhere!

woman laying on ground with feet in the air and cookies balanced on rainbow shoes

I got my core workout in – I held that pose for about 5 minutes!

woman holding dog in from of blue front door

And yes even ABBY has a starring role in the book! There are three easy homemade dog cookies – and she loves all of them.

I am so excited about this book – I’m working on writing right now. Soon I’ll update you about that!

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  1. I’m excited and happy for you. That’s great that you’ll have pictures of all your goodies too. I think that’s important.
    Congratulations on your new “venture”.
    I’ll be counting the days until I can order one.
    Stay safe.

  2. Thanks for sharing your photos, recipes, and book progress. Your photos are adorable!!! Looking forward to your book.

  3. I truly love all your recipes, you’re an inspiration! Thanks for some of the behind the scenes shots and your dog is the BOMB!

  4. The pictures are adorable (and so are you)! I’m so excited about this book, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Everything looks delicious.