Inside Look: Behind The Scenes of The Picky Palate Cookbook Shoot

There are moments in my life where I have to step back for a moment and realize how incredibly blessed I am. Last week was one of those moments. I had the privilege of watching Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson photograph and style some of the recipes in my upcoming cookbook. It was too fun to spend the week at their Long Beach studio and watch them work magic with my recipes. I LOVE this first photo of Matt prepping my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (that Gaby Dalkin baked perfectly).

I snapped these photos with my iPhone so I wouldn’t forget the amazing time I had watching my recipes come to life through Adam’s impecable styling and Matt’s amazing camera. Hope you enjoy an inside peek at the Picky Palate Cookbook Shoot last week πŸ™‚

Here you have a glimpse of the prop table (left) that was set for the recipes and the photo board (right) where each shot was pinned up. One of the highlights of my week was getting to chat with Matt, Adam and their great staff. There is a story behind each and every prop. Some where bought in flea markets from France, some from ebay, and others from different parts of the country. LOVED the stories behind each piece πŸ™‚

Here are my fun Oreo Stuffed Cookies getting beautified and photographed. I love this shot and that old wooden board!

Matt, hard at work shooting some fabulous brownies πŸ™‚

There sits my homemade apple pie with the most perfect crust prepared by Adam. The finished shot was stunning.

Matt checking out the image on the computer. Love.

 Matt and Adam discussing options for my chicken taco bake….that I love πŸ™‚

My favorite homemade chocolate cupcakes getting  photographed πŸ™‚

My honeyed apple peanut butter tart was so photogenic, just wait until you see this final shot!

Adam dusting powdered sugar while we were rocking out to 80’s hits on our last day of shooting. These guys are so unbelievably talented. I will never forget the fun times we had last week.

Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek!

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92 Responses
  1. Jenny, I am so proud and happy for you! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!

    I attended a workshop with Matt and Adam about 6 mos ago at their studio. When I say it changed my life and the course of my life, I am not kidding. Truly it made me want to pursue photography as a life path, in whatever capacity that manifests. Matt & Adam are so inspirational and such sweet, funny, just great guys!

    You deserve to be working with them and to have the best! CONGRATS and I can’t wait for your book! Exciting!!!!!!

    1. Averie,
      Isn’t the studio great?! Those guys are so talented, I am just glad I could be there for the week to watch them work….incredible! Thanks for your sweet comment.

  2. Pamela Shank

    I cannot even imagine how exciting that was. I saw a little story on Matt a few weeks ago,I think on Cooking Channel…very interesting. I wondered if you would have to re make all of the recipes you had already done. What a job. Excited also to buy your cookbook.

  3. Kathy

    looks awesome I can’t wait for the cookbook (I hope it can be shipped to Canada)I love to bake & you have some awesome recipes! it must be so surreal to see this taking place!

  4. Amazing! I’m glad you shared the behind the scenes shots with all of us. All too often we forget to take ‘behind the scenes’ photos in our every day life. Kids helping with dinner, playing in the yard, traveling in the car, etc. Love it!

  5. there is nothing more fun than writing/creating a book. have fun with it, enjoy every minute of it, and soon – you will relish in the fruits of your labor!

  6. Jenny this is AMAZING!
    What a treat to watch your food come to life like this!
    This is just WOW…I mean truly!
    CONGRATS!
    Have fun with Amanda this week!
    You two are too adorable together!
    xo

  7. I cannot wait for this cookbook to be in my kitchen! I make at least one or two recipes of yours a week (sometimes more!) and they never disappoint! So do you know what month the cookbook will be out yet or is it still in the works?

  8. Years ago my hubby and I owned our own juice and smoothie bar. We hired food photographers and food stylists with our photo shoot. Now only if I could do the same for my photo’s! LOL.
    This looks like a fun and wonderful time in your life! Enjoy it and CONGRATS!! I’m a huge fan and can’t wait to for the cook book to come out!

  9. Jenny, it was a pleasure and honor to work with you and gain 7 lbs from those recipes! THOSE RECIPES!

    Sometimes I feel as if I’m living a dream. When I get to work with people like you I realize how blessed I am.

    Absolutely cannot wait for the book. Thank you so much for this post, it’s so fun to see the process through your eyes!

  10. by the way… HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART HONEYED APPLE PEANUT BUTTER TART oh my goodness.

  11. Kimiko

    This was in Long Beach?! How cool! (I live in LB!) Thank you for sharing these pictures with us…it looks like so much fun. I can’t wait to see the cookbook. I will definitely buy a copy when it comes out!

  12. JennyH.

    Oh wow. Wonderful to see all this action happening. When can we buy the book??? Will it be outside the United States?? Do hope so – your recipes are delicious. Well done you. JennyH.

  13. linda

    this is such a wonderful post for all your followers…loved seeing the process of the photography…& WOW! such talents working on your book…& to you…the talented & creative author…CANNOT WAIT TO PURCHASE!!

  14. Kim Terry

    Jenny – Awesome post! I secretly have a minor food photography obsession! Loved seeing these behind the scenes shots. I love your pictures just as much though! So excited for you and the cookbook, when is it going to be available for purchase? Do you have a waiting list for impatient people like me that don’t want to miss out on being one of the 1st to have it? LOL
    PS. My waistline hates you but my taste buds love you.

  15. Jenny! You are so amazing! I remember the day you sent the Relief Society the address to your new blog and I have been hooked ever since! I am so happy for you and I will ask for your cookbook as soon as it is published! Hmmm? Christmas? I can’t wait!

  16. your book is going to be gorgeous girl!! So happy I got to see you last week and get a sneak peak at all the great recipes πŸ™‚

  17. That looks like so much fun! How great that you are publishing cook books! That is my dream one day πŸ™‚ Its fun to see it happening for someone else…gives me a glimmer of hope that maybe it can happen for me too.

  18. Congrats Jenny and thanks for putting up some fantastic behind the scenes of your cookbook recipe photo shoot. I love Matt and Adam’s work and can’t wait for them to perhaps consider having a workshop out of CA πŸ˜‰

  19. I am so excited for you, Jenny! How amazing it must have been to watch the process of your recipes being shot by the incredibly duo of Matt and Adam. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  20. Anilu

    I recently discovered your blog and i absolutely love it!!!, I can’t wait for your book to come out!, hope i can find some aunt that comes to Peru and bring it to me πŸ™‚
    I love your recipes, I haven’t seen them all yet, but believe me, I will catch up… I’ addicted to chocolate and all kinds of sweet, like really physically addicted, I canΒ΄’t function without my chocolate after lunch… and before lunch.. and before dinner… and one last one before I go to bed… that’s why I find your recipes so cool, you combine cookies and brownies and chocolates and penaut butter and so on….i’ts insanely delicious πŸ™‚
    thank u so much for sharing your brilliant ideas!!!, you have won (one more to your thousands) follower for life πŸ™‚
    Regards from PerΓΊ

  21. Natalie Whiting

    That is amazing! I love seeing your dream come to life!! Congrats!!…Oh, and I must say, that looks like a lot of food they HAD to eat after each shoot! LOL πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait!!

  22. This is all so exciting, Jenny! You deserve every blessing that is sent your way. You’ve worked hard for this book, and we all can’t wait for it to come off the press! Love ya, girl!

  23. Savannah

    I just want to say thank you for spelling “sneak peek” correctly! I see it as “sneek peek,” “sneak peak,” and other variations so often it makes me want to scream!
    Oh, and I can’t wait to see the “finished” pictures!

  24. Season

    What a dream team! I love the behind the scenes photos! And now I am dying to get a copy of this book! Every things sounds and looks AMAZING! Congrats again Jenny!

  25. Emily

    You do not even know how excited I am that you are coming out with this cookbook!!!! I was actually out shopping yesterday for a cookbook and I was like “Man, I wish I could have Picky Palate’s cookbook!!!” A dream come! Thank you!!!!

  26. Alli

    How exciting, Jenny! You’ve come such a long way since I first met you and I am proud to know you. Enjoy your success, sweet lady!!!

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