I spent a few days on set in Seattle with Shauna to shoot her next cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl Every Day, way back, maybe nineteen months ago. The food we photographed tasted so good, everything was devoured within moments of coming off the set. I was in heaven. The thing is, if you know me and have done the math in your head, that was months before I even considered going gluten-free myself. It was, quite simply, really amazing food, gluten-free or not. That’s kind of how I look at this new cookbook, officially published today. It’s for people who love good food. If you happen to be gluten-free too, you’re going to appreciate it even more. So here’s how the few days went, behind the scenes at the shoot, from fog to rainbows to sunshine.
We shot in a beautiful home. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say who the home belonged to, so I’ll just say thanks to my friends for loaning it out, along with the incredible views. There were some pretty cool people there. It was my first time working with photographer Penny De Los Santos, and the experienced changed me. Penny, I’m so glad you live nearby me now. Food stylist Karen Shinto is meticulous and an artist. Karen, I wish you lived nearby me. Prop stylist Anne Trenner-Mishka was a little camera shy, but you can see in almost every photo how great her sense of style is. I love that photo of Danny and Lucy above. It might give you the impression Danny was there just for fun, but I watched that guy work hard in the kitchen. It’s inspiring to see him in action. We had a bunch of surprise visitors too, which I’m especially thankful for — you know who you are. Then there was this girl Shauna. She also mostly hid from the camera, and the few shots I have show her mulling over something really seriously at the stove top. That’s not how I imagine Shauna in my mind. I know she works hard, but when I think of Shauna, I picture her smile. I think about giving her a big hug. There are a few beautiful shots of Shauna (taken by Penny) in the book anyway, just the way I imagine her. So check this book out, and let me know what you think. Or invite yourself over to my place, and I’ll cook you something out of it. I think that’s what Shauna wants most anyway. Family and friends coming together. That’s what the book means to me. Oh yeah, it’s gluten-free too.