Artwork for the Book

Well it has indeed been a while since I posted here, but only because I’ve been swamped with both cooking classes as well as the final editing stages of the book. It’s amazing how much work it takes to run through a cookbook, and finally releasing the manuscript to the designer is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do so far. As I mentioned before, it’s that element of saying, “Yes, this is the final way I want my recipe to read,” that just terrifies me. What if I find out later that 1/2 cup of cream is better than 1/3 cup? Oh the embarrassment!

But today, let’s talk about artwork for the book. I can’t have this thing have no images and be covered in a plain brown wrapper. It has to have some “shelf appeal” as it were. So first things first, I had a great photographer, who is a friend of my lovely fiance, come over and take some shots of me cooking. I just basically made a large dinner from the book, and he photographed me as I did it. And as the courses came out, he took the beauty shots. I’ve included some of those below.


Orecchiette with Mushroom Cream Sauce – I think this might be the cover – not sure…

Another shot of the orecchiette – could also be the cover…

This will definitely be the shot of me as the “author’s photo”.

Roasted red pepper bruschetta. So pretty!

Wardrobe change! Working some great squid ink pasta from the pan.

Back in the red, and pouring out some balsamic vinegar on my homemade Italian sausages with sauteed kale.

Linguine alle Vongole. What some of you would call spaghetti with white clam sauce…

The photographer of all the photos above is Darren Santos, and he’s amazing. If you need a professional photographer for anything, contact me, and I’ll get you in touch with him. He’s awesome!

Next up is the artwork for inside the book. I can’t do color photos as this is my first book, and well, I’m on a budget. So I think some nice decorative art scattered throughout the book can look very nice. The problem is finding a style I like, and that has enough representatives of the kind of stuff I’m looking for. In short, I don’t want it to look like clip art.

So many different styles to choose from!

I love that last style, but there just aren’t enough images that work for my book…

So going blind looking at the screen for images I can use is what I’m up to. So I decided to take a break from that to write something else on my computer… Hmmmm…

Maybe I need to lie down in a dark room for a while…

Chef Matt

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