Welcome! I have put the finishing polish and shine on my first ever Bijouxs Little Jewel Cookbook! Yay!
This first little cookbook is titled, Family & Friends, with 30 of the most requested recipes from the Bijouxs kitchen, plus 10 new recipes exclusive to this book. The book is one sale now, at my online shop.
The cookbook is a true independent project, a labor of love. I wrote, styled, photographed, designed and did the layout of the book. I felt it was the best way I could begin to bring my vision of the Bijouxs Little Jewels Cookbook series forward: small, intimate little gems, accessible recipes framed by a personal connection and visual point of view. This first offering is a digital format (more about that later).
There were considerations that were important to me while I was designing the book. First, the decision to include a photograph for each recipe of the the completed dish. It seems that the one recipe I want to try in a new cookbook is the one where there is no photograph. Being a visually-driven diner, I like to see what to expect in a completed recipe. Second, the images in the book are of the actual food as I prepared it, no food styling tricks, just straight up images of the recipes, sometimes plated on my personal serve ware or other times captured simply, still in their cooking vessels. Lastly, an important hallmark of my Bijouxs project is to capture the everyday beauty all around us, right here in our kitchens, the kind of simple beauty I see as I prepare food daily.
Here are a few images to give you a peek into the cookbook.