The Jewelled Kitchen Cookbook



It's me again. I can't believe I managed to write two blog posts in one week! There's a very good reason for it though. In my last post, I mentioned my friend Bethany's cookbook, which I photographed last year before Christmas and promised an update.  I'm thrilled and proud to announce that the book is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

It feels almost unreal that this time has finally arrived. I'm looking at the cover (which I also photographed) and thinking of this time last year when I moved in with Bethany to the West Country for a few months; helping her with recipe testing, cooking, baking, tasting and taking photos for my pitch all while dreaming of photographing this book. My dream came true and fast forward a few months, Bethany moved into my house to help during her book photo shoot.


Photo courtesy © Sukruti Staneley

Ten days of cooking, styling, shooting and eating leftovers passed very quickly and I can honestly say that I can't wait to hold the book in my hands. It was an amazing experience working on this book and bringing many months of Bethany's work to life with my photos. We had fun, we laughed but it was also hard work and we took it seriously. Needles to say, it was a team effort of talented folks which made the photo shoot such great experience. Big thanks to my two wonderful assistants Joslin and Sukruti without whom I couldn't do it!


From left: art director Gabriella Le Grazie, book author Bethany Kehdy, assistant food stylist Natalie Thomson, prop stylist Lucy Harvey, me, food stylist Emily Jonzen, photo by my amazing assistant Sukruti Staneley.

I leave you with a couple of photos from the book as a little teaser of what you can expect.

 Images by Sarka Babicka for The Jewelled Kitchen © Duncan Baird Publishers 2013. 

Trust me, I'm not biased, these recipes taste as fantastic as they look. ;) Hurry and pre-order now!

UK edition: The Jewelled Kitchen
US edition: Pomegranates & Pine Nuts


18 comments :

  1. Well, if they do taste as good as they look, I'm in baby! Middle eastern food is so varied and delicious, this looks right up my street.

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    1. I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true! My stomach is my witness. :)

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  2. I'm so proud of you and Beth! One day if I wrote a vegetarian cookbook, I will definitely choose you to take all the photos! :)

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    1. Thank you Zizi, so kind of you! I would be really honoured to photograph your book! :) x

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  3. Congratulations, ladies! Can't wait to see it!!

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    1. Thank you sweetie! I can't wait either. We are really excited! :)

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  4. Congrats Sarka!! It all looks gorgeous! x

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  5. Wow, this promises to be a beautiful book and one that I can definitely see a glaring gap on my cookbook shelves for! I live in the central Mediterranean, in Malta, which has a food history in its cuisine that encompasses flavours from the eastern and North African dishes, thanks to the criss-cross of trade routes from ancient times. Now, with summer round the corner, I love to cook these style of dishes from our Med neighbours, as opposed to always those of Sicily. I will be in the UK over Easter and will suss it out on Amazon! Well done for a stunning book!

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  6. Congrats! That is wonderful. This book looks really promising.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. Congratulation- What a great cover! And the teasers look delicious too.... That one will go on my wish list.

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  8. Looks absolutely gorgeous - I adore Persian food! Added it to my Amazon wishlist :)

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  9. Congratulations! It looks truly wonderful. I'm jealous for so many reasons (up to and including your renewed blog effort. I will eventually post on mine, too. I have a good excuse, promise!).

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  10. So amazing, so pretty, so tempting - I absolutely can't wait!

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  11. It looks amazing, I'm sure the book will be beautiful! I've never cooked Middle Eastern so I can't wait to have a go. You ladies are the perfect team!! x

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  12. I don't regularly cook yet, but I'm planning to get this one! The photos look divine and I'm sure Bethany's recipes are not to miss!

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  13. My sister is married to a wonderful man from Iran, and they are both wonderful cooks.I love eating at their home! Unfortunately, we don't live close anymore as I moved to FL. I just ordered this for her birthday. Can't wait for her to get it in October! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Kelly, I hope your sister will like the book and find some new inspiration!

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