Celebrating the release of my first book! A Video, A Chocolate cake & Two Giveaways!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Easter!

"Thank You"...

I have written and erased the first sentence of this post fifty times it seems.It makes me smile a little considering the number of sentences I started and erased fifty times more since last November. The best one I could think about today was "Thank you".

I have thought a few times about this week. Right here. Right now. The week when my first book, "Plate To Pixel. Digital Food Photography & Styling" is out into the world. From November to March, it was the hard work of a team that did not stop until it was right. This week the book is yours. Ours.

Wow... it still is just barely sinking in. Once the book in my hands, it took a full 24 hours for my shoulders to relax and a smile to timidly cross my lips. Then as I was standing there in the rain with Bailey, that smile grew to a stupidly wide expression of gratitude and excitement.

I bolted back inside to Taylor who was getting his video equipment together and said "let's do this! Let's show people how awesome food photography can be with a little help from a friend!"

And so we shot this video promo of "Plate To Pixel. Digital Food Photography & Styling". Words fall short to tell Taylor what an amazing job he did on it. Thank you dear friend!

Plate to Pixel Promo Video from Taylor Mathis.


I come from a family of crafters. My dad is a published author and a painter. My mom designs frames for other people's art. My brother Arnaud is constantly building and crafting objects and toys. My brother Thierry was a talented photographer. Writing this book feels a bit like my way of contributing to the family DNA!!

I loved working on this book so much! I wrote it with you in mind. And you is a lot of people with different likes and dislikes, different ways to go about life. But we all have the same goal. Take pictures of food and have a wonderful experience doing it.

Whether you need just a little push, a lot of help or just reinforcement that you are on the right track. I compiled information, hands-on visuals of bouncing, diffusing, white balances, exposures, depth of field, ... Composition and styling techniques, equipment setup so you can see the full how-tos of a picture, step by step styling demos...and the list goes on!

I will be doing fun giveaways in the coming weeks to express my thanks for your support and kind words these past few months and your enthusiasm these past few days.
But today is especially awesome to celebrate the release of the book. There won't be one lucky person but three!

- I am giving away 2 signed copies of Plate To Pixel and a little surprise inside...
- my super talented friend Asya from gleena.com who is the artist behind the numbered ceramic plates I love to use here, is giving away four white ceramic dessert plates numbered 1 through 4 (like the ones in the picture below)

All you have to do is leave a comment here between today, April 26th 2011 and Friday April 29th 2011, midnight Eastern time.
Guidelines: one entry per person, no anonymous comment, leave 24hrs for your name to appear in giveaway as I manually moderate entries.


Note: Plate to Pixel is currently available online on Amazon (US, UK, Germany, etc...), Wiley, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, Borders. It will be in stores in about 10 days or so!

Now...how about some Double Trouble Chocolate Cake to really celebrate?!!

Double Trouble Chocolate Cake


Double Trouble Chocolate Cake:

Serves 10-12

For the cake:
1 stick (113gr) butter
1 cup (200gr) sugar
1/2 cup (45gr) natural cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup superfine rice flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
1 teaspoon (5gr) baking powder
1 teaspoon (5gr) instant coffee powder
1/2 teaspoon (2.5gr) baking soda
1 cup (250ml) warm water
Note: for a non gluten free version, you can use 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour instead of the rice, millet and oat flours.

For the ganache:
12 oz bittersweet chocolate (chips or chopped)
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Prepare the cake:
Preheat oven to 325F. Butter one deep 9-inch round baking pans, sprinkle some rice flour into the pans, shake it around and tap the excess off. Line the bottoms with one 9-inch circle of parchment paper. Set aside.
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. On low speed, add the cocoa and mix until incorporated. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the bowl with a spatula to make sure they are properly mixed in. Add the flours, baking powder, coffee powder and baking soda and mix on medium-low speed while slowly adding the warm water and mix until smooth. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature and unmold the cake. Divide in three horizontally.

Prepare the chocolate ganache:
Place the chocolate and salt in a non reactive bowl and set aside. In a heavy bottom saucepan set over high heat, bring the cream to almost boiling (really hot basically!). When hot, pour it over the chocolate and salt. Let stand for 5 minutes before slowly whisking the mixture to bring it together to a smooth and silky ganache. If it's not completely smooth, return to very low heat for a few seconds to melt the chocolate some more. Brands vary so this step may be necessary if the chocolate is not completely melted.

To assemble the cake:
Let stand the ganache about 15-20 minutes so it is thick enough to apply between the layers of chocolate cake. Leave about 1 to 1.5 cups for the top and sides and set and slightly warm it up a bit so it spreads more easily.

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Sara said...

Congratulations! I've loved your photos since I first started perusing food blogs. I'd love to win the book, but if I don't, you better believe I'm picking up a copy. :)

digitald23783 said...

Congratulations on your first and hopefully not last book. Just wanted you to know, that i really love your blog. Keep up the good work! ;)

Greetings from Germany

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your book being published, Helene! Your blog/empire has really grown over the years and it has been fun to watch. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Marju said...

Wow! I learned about your coming (now already published) book few months ago, and I can't tell how excited I was! Now I have placed my order at Amazon and I can't wait to hold it in my hand. If that's so exciting for me, I can't imagine what it feels like to you! :) You are a very lucky and talented girl, congratulations, this must feel like heaven, enjoy the moment!

My big dream is to experience the same one day! You are my inspiration, thank you for that :)

paddlemama said...

Congratulations!

lynne said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see it in stores!

Julia Brasileiro said...

I want a signed copy too!!!! And even if I don't win this, i'm deffinetly buying a copy!

Cindy said...

Beautiful photographs and chocolate cake--now you are just spoiling us! Thank you and congratulations on your book!!!

Kayla said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read the book (whether I win it or not). :)

Michael Toa said...

Many congratulations Helene. I always admire your work. This looks fab. I cannot wait to see the book, hopefully one signed by you... :)
Have a nice day.

Lauren said...

Congratulations!!!

Bea said...

Félicitations! J'attendais ce moment impatiemment :) Le livre est déjà commandé et j'espère le recevoir le plus vite possible... Il n'y aura pas d'autographe, certes, mais le plaisir de pouvoir te lire est de toute façon énorme! :)

Salutations de Lausanne

B.

katieatthekitchendoor said...

Congratulations! One day I'm gonna get there (to book-publishing land, that is) and being inspired by work like yours is the only way to keep going some days!

Sareberry said...

I can only dream of taking such beautiful photos!

Andrea Suskey-Diaz said...

I got my camera for Christmas and want to learn as much as possible. Your book would be a great way to learn.
congratulations

Laetitia said...

That's great news !!! Congratulations for all the hard work and I'm sure a wonderful book that I look forward to read :))

Chapstick Fanatic said...

The video is great! I have been waiting for the book to come out and I am so glad it is finally here! If I don't win I am going out to buy it this weekend!

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

Ria Mathew said...

Congratulations!! I loved the video! You are such a natural behind the camera as well as in front of it. I'm sure this book is going to create a 'tsunami' amongst all food photography-loving people!

May you find opportunities to write more and more ! Congrats,once again!

Flag Lt said...

Congratulations. I am a huge fan of the blog and I am sure the book will be a success.

Marisunnychan said...

Congratulations on the book and the video! It all looks so nice!

Audie said...

Whether I win or not, I'm excited to get your book!

Austin said...

So many people with new books coming out! I'm looking forward to yours!

Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo said...

I have it preordered on Amazon UK,but it is still not available..I hope I get it soon,I am eager to see it!!!

bpq said...

I think that the excellent superpower of you is that you remind people that they want to cook more. Sharing delicious is such an honest thing between humans.
Congratulations

B Quinn

Melissa Crane said...

Congratulations on the book! I ordered mine this weekend, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. But, I wanted to leave a comment, nonetheless! A signed copy of the book and cute plates! Yes, please!

And to Taylor - great job on the video! I might have to get some videography tips from him once I (finally) give in and get a Mark ii.

StylinMommy said...

CONGRATS! can't wait to see the book and the cake looks, as usual, like something i want to scarf down in a minute or less!

Corrinne said...

Congratulations! I am a huge fan of your blog and the beautiful art you create. I can't wait to read your book!

Sarah F said...

What an amazing combo - beautiful photography and beautiful plates! I would love to welcome both the book and the plates into my home :)

Anna said...

Congratulations! Such an exciting accomplishment!

Misty said...

Congrats! Do the plates come pre-caked? :)

The Parkers said...

Congrats on the book release...what an amazing feeling that must be for you! I CANNOT wait to get my hands on a copy of it!!! It looks amazing.

Phoo-D said...

Congratulations Helene! What a big accomplishment. I can't wait to look through your book.

mikelscuisine said...

Congrats for your new born book!! i´m sure this book will be a reference for food photographers and bloggers. If i´m not lucky enough to get the giveaway, i will get it throgh amazon.

JessA said...

thank you for your beautiful inspirations, merci!

theartfulgardener said...

Looking forward to checking out your new book! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Le Boudoir Gourmand said...

Great video can't wait to read your book, I already love your blog, I'm sure your book will be my new "livre de chevet" ;-). I would also like to enter your giveaway, it would be so cool to win a signed copy and I love Gleena's ceramics !! Mélody

Meghan said...

Aw man, I don't even know if I could wait for a the giveaway! I might need to purchase one for myself and like 3 other people!

Julie (TheLittleKitchen.net) said...

Congratulations, Helene! I'm so happy for you! The video was beautiful and I love that Bill was in it too! You know my copy is probably at home right now but I would love to win the plates! :)

joy said...

I never realized how difficult it is to photograph food until I tried! Congratulations to you. Your food is delicious and lovely.

Magpie said...

Congratulations! Your pictures and recipes are so inspiring!! I can't wait for your book!

Ruth said...

Congratulations! The book sounds awesome!

Katie said...

Lovely! That cake looks so wonderful I almost drooled.

We hung up your photograph of pears in our dining room in a green frame. We love it.

Calantha said...

Congratulations! It looks absolutely stunning, which is to be expected :)

Steph said...

Wow, congrats on the book. I am sure it is amazing!

The yummyblogsisters said...

congratulations! it must be such a great feeling to hold your own book in your hands. Like you say in the video, I feel lucky also to have discovered your blog and now to read your book where you share your talent with us. Un grand merci!

michllees1224 said...

congrats on your book ! it would be a great gift for my friend drea ... so if i don't win i will get it for her for the next holiday ( anyone i can think of maybe happy memorial day )

Melanie from Brave the Kitchen said...

Congratulations, Helene. I know you are very proud of your accomplishment. The video promo is also very elegant. I look forward to reading your book and discovering all the wonderful pointers I know it will provide.

E+R said...

That cake looks divine. I love looking at your blog. Everything looks beautiful that you make. I've tried to be better at presentation now because of your example.

smilin_chick@hotmail.com

Claudia said...

Congratulations!! Your photography is phenomenal, always inspiring!!!

Brianne said...

What a lovely video Helene. Congratulations on your well deserved success. You rock!

Catie said...

congratulations!

Paulina M said...

I have been waiting for this day for quite a time. You are an inspiration!

Anna said...

Oh wow, I can't wait to see how the book turned out. I'm sure it will be fabulous! And I adore those plates. Fantastic giveaway and the chocolate cake is the best way to celebrate. Congrats!

Jay & Heather said...

I love your blog! I would also love a copy of your book, each time I look at the food it makes my mouth water! Thanks for all the recipes!

Zoe said...

I loved watching the video, so inspirational and it was a pleasure to hear your voice. I would love to read your book and learn more about how to improve my food photography and styling. The chocolate cake looks delish and the photograph is so inviting! I love those plates since I first saw them here on your blog.

Tengo un horno y sé cómo usarlo said...

It's been ages since I preordered your book in Amazon. But, I would love to have a signed copy, too.
Congrats!
YOU DID IT. It is real now.

Michelle Stiles said...

I LOVED the video and I am so excited for you and even more to get my hands on a copy!

Karen K said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Misia said...

Congratulations! I've been waiting for your book as your styling and pictures are my favourites when it comes to food photography. Love the light, colours and composition. :)
Now I just need to check if Amazon will ship to Poland... or find a friend from US who will send it to me :)
All the best!

that kate said...

It all looks mouth-wateringly amazing!

Kim said...

I cannot wait to go get a copy of your book! The way that you bake, cook, photograph , and write is so wonderful and inspiring!

Irene said...

Oh my gosh, Helen, congratulations! I am elated for you! Since having Lily, I don't get a chance to read many blogs anymore (well, any :( ) but this caught my eye and wow, yay, and finally! You are so talented and you surely deserve this. I hope your book is a great success! No, I know it will be. Congratulations again!

Susan said...

Helene,
I am researching to buy my first DSLR camera and your book would be so wonderful to have to help me along in my food photography!
Your book is absolutely beautiful.
Susan

Lindsey said...

omg! your book is EXACTLY what my life needs! beautiful inspiring pics & guidelines to help mold my photography (or lack there of ha!) skills :D

terri said...

what a beautiful video! congratulations on your book!

Allison the Meep said...

Congratulations! Your work is beautiful and inspiring!

Ginger G said...

... love the vimeo and recipe. Congrats on the book. Hoping to get a camera for MDay!

Mollie said...

Congratulations!!!! That is such wonderful news! And your chocolate cake looks absolutely amazing!

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

Congratulations! Your work is AMAZING!!! Can't wait to see the book...

Kate Kintzel said...

Helene, the book looks wonderful and I'm so inspired by your work. I'd love to have a signed copy of Plate To Pixel!

Susan said...

Congratulations! I love your blog. You are so special to share your talent with all of us. Thank you.

Evie said...

Congrats! I'm really looking forward to picking up a copy of your book!

Scubabe said...

Your book looks phenomenal, I really hope I am lucky enough to win a copy but if not I have a funny feeling a copy of your book will be gracing my shelves sometime soon regardless :)

Thank you so much for sharing everything you do with all of us, I love this blog!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Congratulations!! The trailor looks amazing, and that cake! oh my :)

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

Congratulations on your book, Helene! I can't wait to get my copy and start learning from your experience. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!
The video is brilliant! I love it. It was so lovely to hear your voice. You sound like a very nice and kind person. I really hope I will get a chance to meet you some day!

Barbara said...

Congratulations Helene. Such an achievement. Have fun celebrating with your parents. Give your Mum a hug from me. I'm on my last chemo this week.

anna said...

Congratulations!It looks great!

Alessa said...

Congratulations! Reading you blog always makes me happy and you photos have a great part in that!

Kelli said...

Wow, I'm so impressed and am fascinated by your work and new book! I've started cooking and taking photos of my food for my blog and can see how this book is exactly what I need right now to help me improve each photo. I can't wait to read your book and get inspired! Congratulations!

mirabelle said...

Congratulations! Cannot wait to see the book in person!

Lillian said...

Congratulations! here's to hoping for m usually poor luck

kraftedbykelly said...

This book sounds awesome! Congrats!

Celeste said...

You are such an inspiration! Can't wait to see the book! :)

Hoa said...

Congrats on the book release!!! =)

hilary said...

271 comments already! I don't see great odds of winning, but I couldn't resist trying anyway -- love the video promo. and that you give so many great gluten-free dessert recipes on the site. My gluten-free friends thank you :)

The Chocolate Covered Kitchen said...

Aren't we the lucky ones to finally be able to read your book! Congratulations and thank you; I've been hoping to find just such a book, you inspire us all.

wholesomecook said...

Whenever I'm stuck for inspiration when styling food I come to your site because your pictures are perfect and recipes delectable. Congratulations on your book - it sounded like such a great and joyful experience! And the plates are gorgeous too!

Ellen said...

What a treat this will be! Congratulations & Thank You!

fluffbuff said...

Congratulazioni, felicitations!
I look forward to reading your book. :)

Carolyn said...

oh my goodness! congrats on your beautiful book!

Kouka said...

Toutes mes félicitations Hélène!!! La vidéo est très réussie et je suis ravie de voir qui se cache derrière ces superbes photos!! J'ai vraiment hâte d'avoir ton livre entre mes mains:)

Stephanie said...

Congratulations!! I am so excited to read your book!

Aubrey said...

Congrats! Cake looks lovely!

melissa said...

Congrats! I've been looking forward to your book for awhile now!

olly-kitchen said...

Congratulations!!! Can`t wait to see your book! Love your blog! Olly

Lulu's Sweet Secrets said...

Congratulations Helene! I can't wait to buy your book! I love your work!

Terri Truscello Miller said...

Congratulations Helene! I cannot wait to see the book. You are such an inspiration and I admire your work so much. I wish you continued success and hope this book goes to the top of the charts!
Much love and smiles,
Terri @ Love & Confections ^_^

KG3 said...

It is wonderful to hear you speak and watch you walk and talk after seeing your beautiful photographs and ready your posts for so long now. Congratulations on completing this book adventure. May it be the first of many!

Christine said...

Congratulations Hélène on the release of your new book. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and browse through your gorgeous photographs and read all about it.

christina said...

congratulations! you must be SO SO excited :-) must check it out. thanks for the giveaway!

chocolate and chanel said...

congratulations! i would love a copy of your book.

Amy said...

Congratulations!!

@__@ also, that cake looks amazing!!

Casey Bahr said...

congrats! This looks awesome! Have a great day!

Talita Setyady said...

I can't wait to get my own copy for an endless supply of inspiration!

Kim said...

Félicitations Hélène! Soyez fière de votre travaille! J'espère qu'un jour je peux être autant fière de le mien! You always encourage me to keep working!

Charlotte said...

Congratulations! It looks like an amazing book and something I am going to need to get! Your pictures are just beautiful!

rosanna said...

I can't wait for the book to come out! Congratulations!

littlemissobsessive said...

Congrats on the book! Can't wait to see it!

Gosia said...

Oh, Helene, nothing could be more exciting than to have in my hands the book you've created. The gorgeousness that's the part of each of your blog posts has been cheering me on and motivating my photography for a few years now. I can't say in words how happy I am for your tremendous success now, and many more to come. Best wishes. Gosia

SML said...

Congratulations for everything... the book and the cake. Both seems delicious. And I want one, signed by you. ;-) I really love your work.

Thanks for sharing so much with your readers/fans.

Sandra (Portugal)

Natalie Gabriela said...

Congratulations!!!!! I can't wait to see the book.

Marianne said...

Felicitations!! It must be amazing to see the fruits of your labor finally come together.

The book looks awesome, great video!

girlleastlikely said...

Wow! Congratulations on your book! I can't even imagine how excited and relieved and proud you must feel! I can't wait to pick up my own copy!

The cake also looks absolutely beautiful and delicious!

Amy Beth said...

Congratulations on the book! Cant wait to get it!

sally said...

Congratulations on your new book! I can't wait to check it out!

Evelin said...

I am so happy for you!
you're such an inspirating person and photographer :)

Jo said...

Congratulations and finally we get to enjoy your work in print! I simply adore your pictures and it gives me inspiration to take better photos.

Michelle Hollands said...

Hello! Oh Wow...I would LOVE to win your book!!
I stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago and you inspired me to try some food photography for the first time (I am usually a lifestyle photographer). I baked a NY cheesecake over the long weekend and snapped away. Not fabulous but a decent first attempt.
My next challenge is to make macarons and i will have your handy tutorial in hand as i attempt it! :)
michellebeard1@gmail.com

Jessica said...

Wow. I want some of that chocolate cake NOW.

Melissa said...

This cake looks incredible!

I've only recently started being interested in cooking/baking and one of the reasons is because of beautiful food blogs like yours! Thank you!

jfjdb said...

Congratulations! Your food, photography, and writing are/look/feel divine.

KJ said...

Congratulations. I would love a book.

Claire said...

Your book popped up in my Amazon "New for You" recommendations section today, and it brought a smile to my face. A heartfelt congratulations to you!

Leah said...

Congrats! Can't wait to pick up a copy!

K and S said...

congratulations!

sarahe said...

Congratulations!! everything looks great!

Robin said...

Congratulations, I can't wait to read it and start improving my photos.

Sarah said...

I would love to read your book and enjoyed the little video! Beautiful images :)

Liz said...

Congratulations! I've added the book to my Amazon wishlist (in case I don't win, of course) and am so excited to read it and learn how to take pictures as beautiful as yours.

mkirsch said...

Oh congrats! This book looks amazing! Love your blog and your style

Allison said...

I LOVE your title! I'm sort of a pixel junkie and now I'm a drooling pixel junkie because that cake looks so tasty!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on your book! That cake looks delicious :D

alexis said...

Congrats Helene!! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to get hold of your book, though a signed one would be even more amazing, I'm sure :)

And that chocolate cake looks delicious! I'l definatly have to try it out asap! (chocolate cake is one of my favorite things to make!)

Tiffany said...

I've enjoyed your blog for a while now and I really enjoy reading about food photography. I have my own food blog and am trying to get better at taking pictures, so I would love to win a copy of your book :) Your video is very good!

Elra's cooking and baking said...

I've always dreamed to have one of Gleena's ceramic, and of course P2P book as well. Would love to win both!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

I can't wait to read it!!!

Teann said...

Came across your video today on twitter and was taken back by your honesty and genuine nature. As a student, this will become a great book to have :)

fiveandspice said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm so excited to have a look in your book because no matter what I'll be getting it! Those ceramic plates are darling too - and having that amazing looking cake on top certainly doesn't hurt their appeal!

Kristianna said...

Oh my gosh, congratulations on the book. I am trying hard to justify buying it... I'll probably work my way around to justifying it, knowing me, even though I have no reason beyond loving your blog and especially those food photos.

I have decided to figure out how to whitewash my picnic table because I love that wood you often use as a backdrop THAT much. again, Congrats!

Katrina said...

Congratulations on your first book! Always did love those plates :)

Katrina said...

Congratulations on your first book! And I always did love those plates :)

Dawn said...

Congrats!!! What an accomplishment!

Rin said...

Congratulations! Your food styling is amazing as always.

KarlandBethany said...

Helene,

Congrats on your hard work; the book looks wonderful! I so appreciate your visual artistry with food. Thank you for sharing with all of us; you are inspiring!

:-), Bethany

Megan said...

So excited about your book-- congratulations!!!

Lani said...

I have been following your blog for over a year and I love seeing what new ideas you come up with. It is inspiring to me as a young and new pastry chef. The flavour combinations, quirky setups, fresh produce and individual homewares continue to excite and engage me. It would be one of the greatest things to be able to see more and more of your work and ideas in the one stop and use your book as a learning tool. Super excited to get my hands on my own copy of the book.

Isa said...

Félicitations! What a labor of love! And a hug right back to you. :)

Pilar said...

I just bought the book from Amazon. Congrats! and so looking forward to read it.
Best luck and I hope to come to Houston to sign my copy.

BeckyNeighbor said...

Congrats! You do beautiful work!

Averie said...

Congrats, Helen!!!! What an accomplishment!

And that cake...oh boy. Wonderful.

Great video as well...so happy for you!

Jade said...

Congratulations on your book! It looks so lovely, and I could definitely use some help with my food styling and photography (though I'm getting better and better at the making food bit ;) )

Amy Terral said...

congratulations on your new book and I can't wait to try the chocolate cake...yum!

Dolcetto Confections | Allison M. Veinote said...

Congratulations - I am so excited to see your beautiful work!

Michelle Young said...

Congratulations and jubilations on your book. Simply adore your photos.

Talia said...

YAY, book! Congratulation and thank you for all of the work you do for the blog as well. I've enjoyed both your beautiful photos and your recipes.

Erin Wilson said...

Congratulations! It was a very smart publisher who offered you a book deal. Can't wait to pick one up :)

Summer said...

Wonderful promo video and CONGRATS on the book! I've been a fan of your work for a while now. :)

Dory said...

Your video looks inspiring. I'm sure the book is just as good. I'm sure it will be helpful for my food blogging too. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.

Cathy said...

Congratulations! I'd love to learn more about food photography. Especially since I take pictures in the kitchen with artificial light. I'm not usually cooking or baking when it's light outside.

Candice said...

Congratulations on your book and I'm sure it's just the start of other good things to come! And that cake...I can actually taste it just by looking at it.

kiwismile said...

Congratulations on your first book! I LOVE your photographs, styling, and the food you cook or bake. I am also a (dedicated) amateur photographer and baker, and I have been so looking forward to reading your book.
And I also would like to say thank you because your blog has been an inspiration for me ever since I discovered your blog about a year ago. Thank you very much, and congratulations again.
(And thank you for sharing a little story about your family and especially about your brother who passed away... his photographs are beautiful. I must tell you that I am quite a francophile and a big fun of Paris, having a lot of French friends in Paris. The photograph of a bike your brother took seems to capture the atmosphere and attitude of Paris so well.)

Bee said...

Congratulations! I put this book on my wish list the day I first heard about it. Owning a signed copy would be amazing.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations! You must be so relieved and excited at the same time!

A said...

congratulations! what a fantastic achievement

steph25 said...

Wow, Helene. Your book looks fabulous. Thank you so much for all your hard, dedicated work.

onescrappychick said...

Congratulations!!!! That is awesome.

Jess said...

Congratulations! I am so excited to see your book. Thanks for sharing yourself with the world! That is the greatest gift you have to give.

susan said...

Congrats, Helene! You deserve all the success that has graced you over this past year. You are generous, kind, humerous and oh-so talented. I am grateful to know you! xx

Rachel said...

Congrats! That cake looks heavenly. I absolutely enjoy looking at your beautiful photographs, and can't wait to see how your book turned out!

rocketfuelstyle said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous work! Your site never fails to make me feel hungry and want to push my humble cooking and photography skills further. Good Luck with the book am sure it will be a big success and congratulations on realising a dream.

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

Congratulations on your new book! I am so excited to get a copy of Plate to Pixel for my very own. Regardless of winning the giveaway or not I'm ordering my own copy right away!

Karen said...

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of your book. I've gotten books on shooting and food styling before, but they weren't very helpful. Your photos are always gorgeous...like that chocolate cake - yum! Now where did I leave my apron...

faithy, the baker said...

Hi Congrats! I left a comment on flickr and i thought i'll ask the question here again, after looking at the recipe, i'm confused as to how many baking pans are required? 1 deep 9" baking pan or more? As later you mentioned to divide the batter between the pans? But later again say to divide cake into 3? Please advise. Thanks!

Hannah said...

Helen, "congratulations" doesn't even begin to cover the warm wishes I want to send you... I'm so thrilled and excited about your book, the food photography world has been hungering for just such a text for ages! I have fingers and toes crossed that I'll win, but if luck is not on my side, would you be interested in exchanging books? I just got the first copies of mine today! :)

Banannas said...

Congratulations--I'm greatly anticipating the release of your book!

Cindy Ruth said...

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read the book. I'm sure it's full of very helpful info. Would love to win it also.

kaw4573 said...

Congratulations! I am excited to make my way through the new book. Kelly

Lisa Dolph said...

Hey, a friend sent me here. I Would love to win the book and beautiful plates :) Your photos are beautiful!

The Whimsical Wife said...

I have been following your journey with this cookbook over the last few months through your enticing and gorgeous blog! Congratulations for the completion of this wonderful cook book! It would be a true honour to win a signed copy! Thanks for your inspiring pictures and recipes!

Vivian said...

Congratulations! I'm always astonished at how amazing all of your photographs look, so I can't wait to get a chance to see your new book!

April said...

This is terribly exciting! your blog is lovely as will be your book! And now all I want to do is eat chocolate cake :)
April

Human Potpourri said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Vanessa said...

Gosh, congrats on the new book!! That video is awesome! You and Taylor are both so talented!! It's super inspiring to me with my own journey to improve my photography. Wishing you SO much success.

Laura said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you, you are talented and you worked hard at it.

Can't wait to see it!

Michelle said...

ive been awaiting the book since u first mentioned it. i've been a long reader of your blog and i knew that i must get the book somehow. cant wait to get my hands on it and i hope my local bookstores carry it. :) congrats to your amazing work!

Bourbon Troudabour said...

I finally get to hold it?! Wow!

Cooked With Love said...

Your pictures look gorgeous as always. I would love to have a signed copy of your book!

Mellybrown said...

Love those little milk jugs and straws. So cute. Congratulations on your book!
mellybrown@aol.com

Amy's Cooking Adventures said...

Congratulations on your book! What an exciting day!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations! Wishing you all the best :) HOW EXCITING!!!

 E said...

I am so excited about this book. I can't wait to own it and devour it! Congratulations and thank you for sharing all that you have learned with us.

jarnizzl said...

that is so fantastic-you deserve a bit of congrats! love your site. :)

Susana I. said...

Congratulations! I´m sure the book is going to have great pictures and nice recipes!!

Return to Sunday Supper℠ said...

Congratulations on your book! You are such an inspiration to so many....thank you!

jocelyn teo said...

whutttt, it's already at 300++ comments? oh wells, for that book and all those inspiring photos, here's a shot anyways! :)

Congratulations Helene!! Thank you for providing me with your inspirational blog posts, certainly has helped as I sculpt miniature food and am constantly delving in your blog for inspirations! :)

-crossing my fingers to be one of the lucky ones! :)

magnifique_f8h said...

Congratulations! :-) I hope I'm eligible for the giveaway if I'm from another country. *crosses fingers*

P.S. Your family sounds amazing!

Hayanna said...

I cannot wait until your book comes out! Congratulations!

Jeanee said...

Wonderful! I've been following your blog for nearly a year & I always swoon over your images. Congrats on your accomplishment!

soo said...

Wow, congratulations!!! As a long time reader, I'm so happy for you - I'll definitely be buying :)

soo.

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

I do hope you celebrated with a few glasses of bubbly! Congratulations!

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