A few months ago, I found out that Rachael Ray was coming to Birmingham, AL for a book-signing. I was SO excited to hear this news, because I missed it when she was here last time. I've been a big fan of Rachael for quite some time. Her recipes are always easy to follow, and are packed with flavor.
If you haven't heard, she has an awesome new cookbook out, called Rachael Ray's Look + Cook. It's FILLED with photographs of each dish...600 photos, to be exact. As a food photographer, I really love this. There are even photos of the preparation process, which is very helpful! Cookbooks with a lot of pictures are always my favorite. And it's always neat when cookbooks include photos of the prep...and not only the finished dish. This would make the perfect Christmas gift for the foodie in your life (or for yourself!).
My wonderful hubby, Brad, came along with me tonight to meet Rachael. I was lucky enough to get an early line number...I was #12! Rachael greeted me with a big smile, and when I told her that I was a food blogger and photographer she lit up! She shook my hand, and then she even opened the cookbook and started showing me different pictures and telling me about them. She said that for most of the photos, it was just her and a photographer friend. She'd make the dish, and the photographer would simply snap some photos. She said that they did not spend much time styling each shot, and they tried to use only natural lighting. Now, I was thrilled when she went into so much detail with me!! I found the info she shared very interesting...especially the parts about natural lighting and not spending hours styling each photo...how refreshing! Rachael was EXTREMELY nice, and I am so happy that I got to meet her!
I am thrilled to have a copy of this cookbook (especially an autographed copy!). There are so many recipes that I cannot wait to try. Without a doubt, it will keep me busy for a while. I feel inspired already just by flipping through the book. I'll definitely be blogging about every recipe that I try!
Here's a link to her official website - www.rachaelray.com
Rachael took the time to open the cookbook and tell me all about the photos...
It was awesome! :)