Note: This drawing is now closed. About a year ago I was in Philadelphia at Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, art directing the photoshoot for their first cookbook which was just published this week. Ah, my life was different then. I was still in a bit of denial about my gluten-intolerance, and I was “taste-testing” every dessert as it came off the set. Going gluten-free has been great for me, and there aren’t many wheat-based things I miss, but the treats at Brown Betty are an exception. Oh my god, if you have any chance to get to Philadelphia and try it for yourself, do it. But if you don’t live anywhere near there, you might want to check out The Brown Betty Cookbook. And for my lucky blog readers, if you live in the U.S. or Canada and want to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the book, just post a comment below!
The amazing Alison Conklin took the photos. These are just my behind-the-scenes snapshots–for the real photos, you’ll have to check out the book itself. Alison is a bit sneaky and managed to dodge all of my photos except for this one taken over her shoulder. I really can’t say enough about how gorgeous Alison’s photos are. This was the first cookbook she photographed, and I’m honored to have worked with her on it.
Here’s a setting for the photo which we ended up putting on the cover of the book. I love that board against the wall, though on the book cover you can’t actually see much of it because it’s very soft in focus. The table is also great — I wish I could have taken it home with me!
And then there was the amazing bakery staff! These girls are seriously talented (and perfectionists). I could have stood in the kitchen all day watching them frost the cakes.
Speaking of the cakes, there are too many beautiful ones to show you them all. This was a favorite though.
And here is one for you chocolate fiends (I know you’re out there). Pink is sweet and all, but I’m thinking about making a batch of the frosting on this cake right now and eating it straight from the bowl. The cake is called “Dear Ruth,” which is part of the charm of this book — personal stories of friends and family and vintage photos throughout. The book itself feels like a keepsake. Remember to post a comment if you want to be entered to win a copy of the book. The drawing will be closed at the end of the day on October 19.