Although I love blogging, and that was my first introduction to the world of writing about food, there’s nothing quite as fulfilling as the publication of a cookbook after months of hard word. Holding that hefty tome, seeing pictures I took on those glossy pages… nothing beats that.
I was fortunate to be half of the creative duo that published the Game of Thrones Cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire, in 2012. it was my first foray into such a publication, and it was an uphill learning experience all the way, from photography, to recipe layout, to meeting deadlines with two fridges stuffed with food. Our friends ate well that year.
It also prepared me for my adventure into cooking the foods of Azeroth, with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook. I was much better equipped this time around, with dishware, props, and a good camera. I also had a better idea of what fans might be expecting, and how to meet those expectations.
I had a blast working on both cookbooks. I love the challenge of staging a photo to invoke a temporary suspension of disbelief, where it seems that the veil between the fiction and reality has thinned somewhat. Dishes in a cookbook or on a blog cannot be tasted or smelled, so that appeal has to be made up for with the staging. I’m so incredibly honored to have been entrusted with these much-loved worlds.