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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

My favorite homemade chocolate cupcakes getting  photographed 🙂

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. Mandy (Mandy's Recipe Box)

    Oh my goodness Jenny! Your Incredible recipes in one book?!? I cannot wait to get it! Thanks for the inside look at the photo shoot. How fun!

  2. 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!

  3. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes action! Can’t wait to see your book when it is all complete!

  4. Jamie

    Very neat Jenny! So interesting to see how a cookbook is put together. You must be extremely excited.

  5. 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!

  6. Molly Carter

    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!

  7. 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 🙂
    Can’t wait!!

  8. 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 🙂
    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 can´’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 🙂
    thank u so much for sharing your brilliant ideas!!!, you have won (one more to your thousands) follower for life 🙂
    Regards from Perú

  9. Brittany

    Congrats on your cookbook. I will most defiantly be purchasing it as soon as it comes out!

  10. Kendra Flake

    I’m so excited for you, I’m almost emotional! 🙂 You’re amazing. Congratulations on the book! It’s been a lot of worthwhile hard work.

  11. Cookin' Canuck

    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.

  12. Kiran @

    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 😉

  13. Kjersti Helberg

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

  14. Miriam @ Overtime Cook

    The pictures look amazing- and totally fun! When’s the cookbook coming out? I can’t wait!

  15. Gaby

    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 🙂

  16. Caroline

    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!

  17. With Style and Grace

    This is so exciting!! Thank you for sharing the behind the scenes and CAN’T wait to get my hands on the final copy! All your hard work will soon be paid off, well done love!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!!

  20. Mads

    Wow! I bet that whole shoot was completely surreal for you. Spectacular!
    I can’t wait for the book 🙂

  21. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking

    Oh my Jenny! This is so exciting. I’m so happy for you and look forward to adding your cookbook to my ever-growing collection! Wish it was already published! 🙂

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

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