Behind the Scenes: Cookbook Cover Photo Shoot

Friends, I am very excited to let you know that the work on my first cookbook is progressing! We recently had a cover photo shoot session.

My friend Viktoria, who has the sharpest eyes and is great with food styling, helped me style the dish we chose for the cover. Alan De Herrera, an amazing food photographer, took the photos. A myriad of them, so we could choose the winner. I would have never thought that a photo shoot for one single cover could take this much time—the time and energy we put into the work was tremendous! We all were exhausted at the end of the session, but agreed that the result was well worth it! We have the cover photo now! Thank you, Alan and Viktoria.

Here’s a glimpse at our photo shoot. Stay tuned for more updates!

Alan in the background. Viktoria taking a peak at the latest shot.

Lights, camera, action!

Hmm, let me see how it turned out.

Food stylist to the rescue! Viktoria giving a new life to the dish before the next shoot.


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  1. OMG! The book is happening! I am going to be the first in line to buy a copy! So very thrilled for you my sweet friend. Truly am.

  2. Wow!
    Congratulations ! So happy for you…for us!

  3. Feride, I am proud of you! You’re the woman, you made it! 🙂 Congratulations and cannot wait to see the books on bookstore shelves!

    These photos look great. Best of luck all the way! <3


  4. The eggplant and tomato was amazing! Looking forward to purchasing your cookbook! Best to you at this fun time of getting ready for all of the cookbook orders to come in! What a fun time of your life and friends that are kind to help!

  5. Congratulations or Mabrouk! as we say in my part of the world (Cairo). I would love to order this cookbook Feride! I wish you all the best, I love your website and look forward to your email updates. Your recipes are always so healthy and delicious. Let us know when your book is in the shops.
    All the best

  6. Farida, so proud of you! Book publishing is such an energy and time consuming process! Can’t wait to see the final version of the cover ))

  7. THANK YOU for all your support, friends! It means a lot to me!

  8. congrats on your book Farida!

  9. Congratulations dear Farida!

    You’ve been working on your book for so long, putting your heart and soul into it. Can’t wait to see the fruits of your labor.

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  11. What a good news:))
    Congratulations, Farida!

  12. Farida jan, Congratulations. Good job! Bakida xos gecsin!

  13. It was so great working with you two!!! Excited to see the book soon and thank you again for the opportunity to shoot the cover. It was an honor.

    Alan De Herrera
    Orange County foodphotographer

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