Shooting the cover. On the left is Kirk, Michael's assistant. Plus an
interested (interested in the steak, that is) onlooker, my basset
hound Madame Velvet.
(For the back blurb of the book, scroll down to the end of this blogpost.)
When I planned the styling of this image, I chose a round table because these are so convivial, and 'ghost' chairs because they're unobtrusive. The plain white linen and worn silver cutlery echo the simplicity of the food-styling inside the book. I also wanted an indigenous flower on the table to give the cover an African stamp, and we tried several blooms before settling on a single hot-pink protea.
It took a little longer to decide what to put on the plates, and in the end I was guided by one of my children: 'It's easy, Mom,' he said. 'Just put your favourite special-occasion dish on the cover.' So I did just that, because fillet, mash and rocket is just what I'd make if you came round for lunch at my house.
Only one individual in my family didn't enjoy this shoot. Scroll down to find out who.
|Here's our little basset Akamaru, sorely aggrieved about the steak situation. (Photograph by Michael Le Grange.)|
Back blurb of my cookbook:
Creating memorable feasts for family and friends is one of life's great pleasures: how better to celebrate life and love than to gather at a happy table laden with scrumptious home-cooked food? You do not need to be an expert cook to produce heart-warming dishes that sing with flavour - all that's required is passion, patience and smart preparation well in advance.
Jane-Anne Hobbs has created over 90 original, triple-tested recipes designed to take the fuss out of home entertaining and bring smiles to the faces of the people you love. Whether you’re planning a relaxed get-together over a homely dish of soup, stew or salad, or a lavish spread with all the bells and whistles, you’ll find plenty of inspiring new ideas here, plus top tips for planning and preparing a meal to remember.