Note: This drawing is now closed. I get to work with a lot of great authors, and I’m thankful for that, but I wish every book project was special to me like this one. When I first met Gretchen Holt-Witt, I knew I had to find a way to work with her. I wasn’t sure yet what the book would be, what it would look like, who would write it, how we’d get the photography done, or just about anything, but I knew it would be an incredibly fulfilling experience. And it was. It’s about a year and a half or so later, and Cookies for Kids Cancer Best Bake Sale Cookbook is now arriving in stores. I could go on and on about what a great charity this is, but I think I’ll keep it simple. Cookies for Kids Cancer has helped organize fundraisers in forty-nine states, and they’ve raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research. All of Gretchen’s proceeds from the book are being donated to the charity. The photoshoot for the book was particularly fun–here are some behind-the-scenes snapshots I took.
That’s photographer Lucy Schaeffer behind the camera, working her magic. You’ll have to pick up the cookbook to see her photos which of course put mine to shame. Thanks, Lucy, for being so great to work with.
The propping was special. Michelle Rotman pulled everything together, and she donated all of her time to the project. Add to that, she even donated her home as a space for the shoot. I can’t thank her enough for her generosity.
And there’s the amazing Cyd McDowell, our food stylist. I don’t get to work with Cyd very often, and that’s a shame because she’s the best.
Of course the book isn’t just cookies. The brownie and bar recipes are insanely good, trust me.
Did anyone say savory? Yes, the book has some of that too.
Of course the cupcakes are ridiculously good.
I like this shot, to see how we rigged the overhead photos. Yes, we got down on our hands and knees to put this one together.
These are my favorite recipe in the book. Maybe I’ll post it on my blog soon — 5-layer bars, and they’re totally easy to make.
I’m not usually a fruity dessert guy, but this recipe changed my mind.
I might have a new favorite recipe for cranberry white chocolate cookies now. You can get this recipe here if you want to try it out.
Best of all, the photoshoot had moments like these, Michelle’s daughters on set helping us out with some of the treats, all of us being silly, snacking on the goodies, everyone taking home bags of cookies and other desserts for family and friends, and the never-ending smell of yum coming from the oven. What a great week, and for such a great cause. Now do me a big favor and buy a copy of this book. Then buy one for a friend while you’re at it. And if you’re still reading all the way to the end, if you post a comment below before 5pm on September 12, and you live in the U.S. or Canada, I’ll enter you into a random drawing for a free copy of the book!