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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Andrea said...

That cake looks wonderful! Congratulations!

Lindsay said...

I got my copy of your book yesterday, and it was all I could do to not sit down and read the whole thing right there. :) Hope I'm not too greedy since I already have a copy, but a signed copy (and those beautiful plates!) would be so much better.

Kelly said...

Congratulations on your new book!! I'm about to buy my first DSLR camera in a few weeks and I'm trying to learn all I can. Your site is gorgeous and there is so much to learn from you! :)

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

I am THRILLED that the book is out, because I've been waiting for it!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Here's hoping I win one, but if not, you better believe I'm snapping one up ASAP!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

theprettydish.com said...

gorgeous pics - and im going to have to try this recipe. that cake looks decadent!! www.theprettydish.com

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots said...

How exciting!!! The promo video was great! I can't wait to read the book. I am need of some guidance in my food photography and this book sounds like the perfect resource. Thank you! :-)

caroline@chocolateandcarrots.com

strawberriesinparis said...

Congratulations Helene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love watching that video of you.

Más allá de 365 sonrisas said...

Wowwww!!! i want it in my hands Helen!!! you have to be so, so proud!!! N´arrête pas de rêver et profite de son, ton succès. Moi, ta fan, je suis hereuse de pouvoir l´avoir très bientôt. Gros bisous :)

Mariel Dominique said...

Yay! Congrats Helen, you deserve it!! I already bought your book and it's coming in the mail in a few days and can't wait, but I would LOVE to have a signed copy as you are one of my main inspirations. Thanks for all your teachings and recipes!!!!!!

kate - klutzy said...

I love your work and can't wait to see your book. Congratulations on your hard work turning such a good reward.

Allison said...

i'd love to win!

alice said...

What a tremendous achievement. Everyone around you must be so proud. Can't wait to peek inside!

Lori said...

Congratulations Helene! The book looks beautiful and I can't wait to try the Double Trouble Chocolate Cake. The picture makes me not just want to eat it but lick the plate clean!

jessicajlee said...

Wow! This looks amazing and the video is just adorable. It's so strange to suddenly hear your voice - I bet I'll "hear" you when I read you from now on!

Marcela said...

I have my copy of your book on its way to me already, but if I win the giveaway I could give mine to a friend and keep yours. And the plates are sooo pretty! ;)That is, in case the giveaway is open to people who live outside of the US (I'm in Cyprus).
Anyways, I just wanted to say: Congratulations! I can't wait to read your book!

Louise said...

Oh, dang. I was just looking for a serious chocolate cake recipe for Easter and missed it :)

Congratulations on your book and publishing - it looks beautiful, and after such a long journey it must be such a relief!

Catherine K said...

First and foremost, congratulations on the new book! That's a huge accomplishment.

I'd love to win won of your books. The images in your book inspires me to bake/cook more.

Thanks.

Karyn McKinnon said...

I can't wait to buy you're book! I loved watching the video and it's inspired me to want to pursue being a food photographer as well! Thank you for sharing your talent & congratulations! :)

Sincerely Jill said...

Oh my goodness! I've been waiting in anticipation for this book to come out! I'm head over heals in love with your photography and blog, and I am so excited to delve into all the information you give in your book. Hopefully, I can be even half the photographer you are some day.

kpucu said...

Congratulations!!!
Wish you all the best.
Lovely video!

d.liff said...

Your photos are always so beautiful! Congratulations on the book!

Erin said...

Thank you for such wonderful inspirations here on your blog. I've been thinking of my own macaron variations thanks to your recipes!

Kirsty said...

Félicitations! Congratulations - the video is amazing and I cannot wait to read your book. Your blog has been a source of inspiration, I can only imagine what a gem your book is.

Leslie said...

Congrats on your first book!

haya said...

what a lovely video! i can't wait to see the book; i'm sure it will be absolutely gorgeous.
congratulations!


i don't think i've ever heard your voice before and i'm not sure why i would have thought otherwise, but your accent is delightful!

Lick My Spoon said...

I simply CANNOT wait for my book to reach me. Congratulations Helene- I don't know what else to say except you are a MASSIVE MASSIVE inspiration.

Ashley said...

Oh Helene. I am so proud. So, so proud. Congratulations dear friend.

WSAKE said...

congratulations! this is really amazing!

Shanti said...

Congratulations! And now I must go make some chocolate cake ...

Elissa Sato said...

I love your work and would love to have a copy of your book. :)

Jason said...

My wife does the food photography on our website bbqaddicts.com, so this would be a great gift to her. Plus her birthday is coming up soon!

Kathy said...

What a delightful video! Also that cake looks fantastic!

Kathy said...

What a delightful video! Your book looks like something I DESPERATELY need - my styling is AWFUL and definately needs some guidance. Also that cake looks fantastic!

sugarpunk said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see it.

LadyWild said...

Congrats on the book. Your photography is always inspiring. I look forward to reading your tips and tricks in your book.

Lena said...

Wow, your first book! Congratulations, that's so amazing! Wish you all the best and I hope to hold your book in my hands soon.

DessertForTwo said...

Congrats Helene! I'm so happy for you! This book is essential to anyone shooting food! I already ordered my copy, but if I win it, I know quite a few people that would love it too! :)

Claire said...

Thanks for this!!! so wonderful and congratulations!!!

Rochelle said...

Congratulations!

Bunnee said...

I have nowhere near your talent, eye or experience, but your photography is an inspiration!

Aimee @ Simple Bites said...

I'm so happy for you, Helene! I fell in love with food blogging because your site was the first that drew me in with a warm hug.

It is fantastic to see you come full circle with this book. I can't wait to pick up a copy!

Jacinta said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

Dominique said...

Bravo Hélène, tu dois être très fière! Il me tarde de découvrir ton livre qui me sera certainement très utile! Bises...

Jim said...

I am so happy for you and the new book! Hooray for you and hooray for those fantastic plates!!

megan said...

how exciting! can't wait to see the book and to learn from you.

Andrea said...

Dear Helen, you are a great inspiration and I'm so happy your book is finally out. Congratulations and enjoy it as much as you can because you disserved it. :)

Naturally I would love to get a singed copy of the book and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. But if I don't get it this time I'm definitely going to buy one.

Congratulations once again and stay wonderful as you are.

Lots of love, from your devoted reader from Croatia.

catarina said...

I'm so happy for you! :D

Kristen said...

Oh, this is such a beautiful book. Congratulations on being published and thank you so much for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!

Ellie said...

I'm so excited for you! Thank you for all the wonderful images and recipes you share.

Allyson said...

Oh, I am so excited for this book! Congratulations! All that hard work is about to pay off. (:

Leigh Webber said...

Congratulations!!! I watched the video you posted and love seeing the Charleston Farmer's Market in there. (Of course I was looking for anyone in the background I might know! :)) I can't wait to see your new book.

blogbytina.com said...

congrats on the book <3

Justin Ide said...

Great video about your book .. I look forward to picking one up soon.

Justin Ide
www.f2percent.com

Lindsey said...

Ohh, so exciting! Congratulations, and thank *you* for writing this book that I can't wait to flip through.

Diane said...

Cake recipe looks yummy, as do all your recipes. Hope I win!

Alanna Kellogg said...

Congratulations, Helene! I supposed I should take my chances and wait to see if I'm a lucky winner. Instead, I'm ordering my own copy, now!

Diane said...

Cake recipe looks yummy, as do all your recipes. Hope I win!

Juli said...

Congratulations! And I would like to enter your contest, so thank you.

The Lady Nomad said...

I love it! And thank you for the tip about the gluten-free madelines - they were amazing :)

Jurgita said...

"Wow, I want to eat this!", "Wow, I want to cooked this!" :))) When I get a bad mood its enough for me to see Your photos and day becomes brighter, smells of warmth and coziness. Thank YOU and congratulations!


Jurgita (Lithuania)

emily elizabeth said...

I'm usually a lurker, but for a chance to win a copy of your lovely book or those plates... :) I really enjoyed the video, and it looks like the book will be just what I've been looking for to help me improve my food photography! Congratulations!

Brittany said...

Oh my - this is so exciting! Congrats on all your hard work, I am sure your book will be loved just as much as your blog. Can't wait to see it. Cheers!

Lu Canaan said...

Congratulations!

Joanna said...

Fabulous giveaways and congrats on your book! You are so talented and I am glad that you've had such great success.

jmeyer814(at)yahoo(dot)com

Janice said...

YAY! The video looks great! I would LOVE to win the book and the plates!!! Thanks so much for the gracious giveaway and best to you!
Janice

Ann said...

Congratulations!

Diana said...

Many congratulations on your wonderful book! It must be such a proud moment for you. :) Ever since I've found you online all I can think of every time I visit your blog is "I wanna be just like that when I grow up.." although I am already grown up .. :). Now, with this book...I am so eager to get it that I can't even tell you. I hope it will be on Bookdepository as well since that's where I can easily buy international books. I don't know if your giveaway is open internationally, so I don't dare dream that I could win this...I just wanted to congratulate you and tell you that I am extremely glad the book will finally be available!:)
Kisses from Romania. :)
Diana

Édes és Keserű said...

Congratulations Helen, very well deserved success. Looking forward having your book in my hand (either way :)

Silvana said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderfull news! As a long long time reader I feel a little tiny part of that book is mine=)
Thanks for the love and work you put on this blog!!.

Sil
scocciolo@gmail.com

Laurie Jesch-Kukseth @ Relish It said...

I would be so excited to win a copy of your beautiful book! Your cake looks delicious, too. I'm a sucker for chocolate cake. Congrats, once again!

Lauren said...

Congratulations! The book looks amazing!

Eleanor said...

This looks wonderful! I am so thankful for having such a great gluten-free recipe site. It has helped me out so much these last couple of months as I've gotten used to this new lifestyle. Congrats on your book!

Laura B. said...

Congrats! No one deserves this more than you!

natalie said...

congratulations, it looks wonderful!

Samruddhi said...

Congrats for the book...!!!
Video is really amazing..:)

Hoping to win ! copy of your book...

samruddhibhat(at)gmail(dot)com

Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic said...

this would be oh so amazing.

Mica said...

Congratulations! The book looks fantastic, and the chocolate cake so sinful!

deliciouskitchenstories.com said...

Congratulations, Hélène! I'm so glad for you. I love your blog and I've been waiting for your books for weeks... you're such an inspiration...
Enjoy this moment, it's quite magical, right?

The video is great, and the pictures with flowers, amazing!

Ida said...

Congratulations on your book release! Fantastic trailor - so nice to hear your voice and see what goes on "back stage" of the blog.
All the best!
Ida from Sweden

Irena B said...

This is amazing! I love your work very much :) Congratulations for a great book! :)

Cindy said...

I am so excited to receive your book this week! The idea of becoming a food photographer had crossed my mind but when I was looking for the 'how to' there was so much information out there, I was overwhelmed. My friend Jackie Basia posted the link to your book on her facebook and I didn't hesitate to head over to Amazon for a copy. I know I won't be disappointed and am looking forward to actually getting started photographing food. Merci beaucoup Helene!

Kelly-Jane said...

I can 'hear' how happy you are, and it's well deserved :)

Pictures of Cake . . . said...

I have been waiting for your book for ages, and am so excited that it is finally out! Congratulations!

Joyce said...

A BIG congrats!! I am very happy for you! A wonderful heartfelt post my friend. Thanks for sharing.

I was so excited the other day when I received an email saying my book was on the way. I had to tweet about it. smile...
Does your friend sell the plates online?

Your biggest fan in the Chicagoland area! xo

Pauli said...

I can't wait to read your book. I a big fan of your work :)

Maria said...

This is so amazing! Congratulations! Such an accomplishment !

julie said...

Would love a copy of you book! I've really been enjoying reading your blog. You've been on my google feed for about 6 months now.

Caroline said...

Congratulations and best wishes for your continued success!!

Truc said...

Congratulations Helene! I can't wait to buy the book.

kitchentravels.com said...

Your first book - wow. Congratulations! I can't wait to see it. Thank you so much for the giveaway (and the cake recipe!).

--Dawn

Ashley said...

Congratulations! That cake looks amazing!

Anna said...

Thanks for the giveaways! I'd love to win.

Jen (Mama Schell) said...

Congrats! I can't wait to check it out. (And the video is beautiful!)

Jen

Anne @ Baking Me said...

Congratulations on your new book! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

Rachel Hawks said...

I love your blog! These wonderful recipes remind me so much of my days in France! Congrats on the book!

hodgepodgelife said...

I'm so excited for you! Congrats and take in the fruits of your labor! Have your cake and eat it too :)


dianakim86@gmail.com

Nastassia said...

congratulations! the book looks incredible i can't wait to thumb through it while eating a piece of chocolate cake :)!

SimplySweeter said...

Congrats! I just love reading your Blog.....so inspiring!

http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

Agnieszka said...

Congratulations Helene! The book looks wonderful and so does the cake:)

Sweet Corner said...

Congrats, you are inspiration to all of us, amazing!!!

Misty said...

I am so excited to buy this book! Congratulations and thank you!

Serena said...

oh dear, that cake sure is inviting... :D

KJB said...

A published author! Congratulations.

Having recenly made the jump to a dlsr, I now find your photographs even more impressive. I am sure that your book will become a 'must read'.

All the best.

Deborah Mele said...

Congratulations on the release of your book! I tried to order it from Book Depository as I am now in Italy but it isn't in stock yet here apparently. I thoroughly enjoyed your class in Orlando and am trying to look at my food photos a little differently now after learning from you. I'd LOVE a signed copy of your book! :>)

lo said...

Congratulations Helene! The book looks beautiful. I hope I will see this book soon.

Bonnie said...

I can't wait to try the cake. The only thing better than eating a slice would be to enjoy the cake while thumbing through your lovely book. Can't wait to see it. Congratulations!

Sandra said...

Wow, I was so looking forward to this book.
Congratulations to you and your "crew"!
And I would be very grateful to win a copy of the book...

mdm said...

Congrats Helene!! So happy for you! Since I already ordered your book, I woud love to win a wonderful plate from Gleena! ;)
The cake is perfect for such celebration!
Bisous!

Courtney said...

Congratulations! I just love reading your blog; you are so talented!

natalia said...

Ciao ! thanks to you ! I know it would be impossible to emulate you but I'm sure I have so much to learn I will improve !

Cheryl said...

Have been waiting for your book! Congrats!

NicoleD said...

Congrats! I just know it will be beautiful and Double Trouble Chocolate Cake? YES!

Crystal said...

Congratulations! You deserve it, and now a lot more people can be thankful for your inspiration :)

mrsluukkonen said...

Congratulations on your book! I always love your photos!!

Caanan said...

Congratulations on your book! I'm so excited for you.

Stefan said...

Looking forward to reading your book! Your photos always look so amazing, so am hoping to learn as much as I can.

Jessica said...

Helene! Congratulations! Taylor made a wonderful video and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Plate To Pixel. I learned so much in your class and I'm sure your book is filled with even more wonderful tips. Congrats again Helene, your first book is an awesome milestone!

Annalise said...

I am so excited to get my hands on a copy of your book! I'm at that point where I think I need to take a leap in my food photography, and with the help of great bloggers like you, I think I'll be successful.

Thanks so much for sharing your passion and knowledge with us!

Sara said...

Wow, congrats on the book! Gorgeous photos - love those plates! :)

ruthinaz said...

Congratulations and thank you for sharing the most mouthwatering photos ever!

Jeri Lynn said...

Helen, congratulations! I have been so inspired by your beautiful work - and sense of humor. I heard you speak at BlogHer Food in SF and have been enjoying your blog ever since. Congrats again on your (first) book. jl

Julia@Imagelicious said...

Congratulations on your book! I really loved the video.

Tricia said...

Congratulations again!

This is a wonderful video - truly lovely.


As I've already ordered your book I wouldn't want to deny anyone that gift - but the plates are gorgeous!

Elizabeth said...

Helene, I've been reading your blog for a long time. I felt an almost personal pride reading this post and great excitement about the book. (Ordered!) As a writer and former pastry chef I've followed with admiration how you've combined your interests and skills so artfully. I was never that drawn to food photography--it always seemed too slick and fancy--until I discovered different aesthetics and voices like yours, which speaks especially to my love of rustic, nature-inspired pastry. Your work so gracefully evokes the sweetness, and sometimes the sadness, of making and sharing food. Thank you for your inspiration, and heartfelt congratulations.

Lynn Lovejoy said...

Congratulations on your book! Those plates are absolutely precious and that cake looks incredibly decadent :) I hope one day to be as talented and have a book published as well, but for now I'll just blog :)

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

Helene! Congratulations! Your book looks amazing! and that video is beautiful!

So happy for you!

Bridget said...

Congratulations! :)

Amanda said...

I love your site! Your photos are always beautiful, and I love to share them, and your site, with friends - especially since a couple of them are allergic to gluten!

Let Them Eat... said...

Stunning! I check daily to see if you've posted and I'm always thrilled when you have. Will your book be available here in the UK? Hope so.

Lindsey said...

Congratulations on your book! I'd be thrilled to receive a signed copy of it or the beautiful plates.

I look forward to reading many more wonderful posts in the future. Again, congratulations!

Christina said...

Big Congrats! I just pre-ordered your book yesterday and I can´t wait to hold it in my hands!

Kristin said...

I'm really looking forward to your book being available and learning some new tips and tricks. Congrats on being able to hold the finished product in your hands!

Dana said...

I love your blog, and your photography. I can't wait to see a copy of your book.

Brindavan in the bay area said...

Am an amateur when it comes to photography for my blog....would love to read your book

munchinwithmunchkin said...

Congrats! I'm very excited to get my hands on your book! You always have such stunning photographs!

Kismet St. Marks (if I were a stripper) said...

I love to bake and I love photography yet I have not been able to merge the two (a lot of blurry cupcake photos posted to Facebook intended to make family and friends drool, but elicit more of a huh? response) so I cannot wait for your book. I also plan a trip into the world of macarons (I am so scared). Thank you

LyB said...

Helene, I am in awe of all that you do and do so well. Toutes mes félicitations!

Magda said...

Congratulations Helene! I love your blog so much and your photography even more. I'm getting your book!!
Good luck with everything!

Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said...

Ganache is the best addition to cake. Better than buttercream every time.

Suzanne said...

Congrats, well deserved. Your passion is contagious. I'd love to spend an afternoon in your world. I adore your accent too, lovely work! Suzanne W.

Rosie @ Sweetapolita said...

Congratulations, Helene! It's all fabulous: your book, the cake, everything. I cannot wait to study your book religiously! Thank you for inspiring me daily. xo

Meghann Kinney said...

I can't wait to look through and discover your book! It looks absolutely beautiful and all of your images inspire me! You are a truly gifted individual!

Meghann!!

Donna Currie said...

Congrats on the book! A food photography book is much needed!

squirrelbread said...

You certainly have been busy. What a relief it must be to know you're finished... successfully!

Cheers,

*Heather*

Kepa said...

Congratulations on your book. Can't wait to get my own copy.

Biztrix said...

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

Celia said...

Congrats on your first book! I just tried your Nutella cupcake recipe...YUMMERS! Not only do your recipes inspire me, but as do you photos!

Stephanie R. said...

what wonderful news! congratulations!!!

Jacqui B said...

Congrats on your book!! Love your blog

Donato said...

It seems like a pretty good book. :)

Justina said...

Congrats on your new book! Such a labour of love.
Thank you for your blog, my Mom and a few friends have recently discovered the causes of their discomfort and your blog has helped everyone. I have even tweeked your recipes to accomidate my sugar-free Dad.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

So happy for you!

The cake, by the way, looks amazing..need to make it this weekend!

xxoo,

RMW

Sylvia said...

Mmm cake and congratulations on your book's release!

Miss T said...

Gorgeous! you have been my inspiration and I see and learn things everyday from your blog. Congratulations
Miss T
xx

erica said...

Congratulations Helene! I am so excited for your book's debut, and can't wait to see inside! I would love to win a copy of it and learn more from your wisdom. :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Congratulations!

The cake, by the way, looks amazing..

Suzanne Duket said...

I love this blog! Your photography and cooking are both inspiring!

Megan said...

I'm so excited about this! If I don't win a copy I'm totally buying one. I love your photography and can't wait to see what's in the book!!

Kerry said...

So excited to buy your book! Congrats on the release - and for showcasing your part of the artsy family DNA. Ha :)

Robert Smith said...

I love the chocolate cake which made my mouth watering for a slice of this chocotty icing and the cool strawberries.And would love to get a copy of your book and the bin 152 looked so romantic!

Shaina said...

I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to page through my book! Love, love, love the book, you and Taylor's gorgeous video of you.

Gulmohar said...

Congratulations Helene ! You are truly inspiring :-) Keep up the great work !

frenchgirl1028 said...

Congratulations on your first book, Helene! I wish you tremendous success with it! Best wishes! Kelli

Doreen said...

congratulations on your book - and delightful video promo!!

frenchgirl1028 said...

Congratulations on your book, Helene! I wish you tremendous success with it! Best wishes!

Sharon G said...

Congratulations on your book! Can't wait ro read your recipes and look at the amazing pics :)

JelliDonut said...

Congratulations! Thank YOU for such a great book and giveaway. My birthday is next week and I think I need to make that chocolate cake for myself.

takoxiao said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see your book! :D

sasha said...

this is beyond exciting, helene!
i loved the video. you are such an inspiration to me.
i would love a signed copy of your book. i can't wait to meet you in person this next weekend.
i'm counting down my days. :)

Frostine said...

I would love to win your new book! That chocolate cake looks fabulous!

anne-laure said...

Congratulations!
It must feel great to see so much work become something tangible!

Paula - bell'alimento said...

So thrilled for you Helene! It's gorgeous! Taylor did a wonderful job shooting the video. I am so lucky to have so many talented friends ; ) xoxo

Alex, Poland said...

Congratulations for your first book!!! It was an awesome idea to write a book about food photographing ;) I'm subscribing your blog for a few months now, mostly because of wonderful pictures. I love baking and cooking ans I'm always searching for new inspirations from abroad ;) I'm trying to always make a photo, and frankly - I know now that's not an easy task, even if you are good at photographing... And your photos here on the blog and on your website are so inspiring to try harder and make better photos ;) So I would love to find Your book in my mail/post box :D
Alex from Poland
tetydamail-alex(at)yahoo(dot)pl
PS. Your friend Asya makes beautiful things :D

ann said...

Congratulations on your new book. I am one of your silent reader for quite a while and enjoy your blog very much. Keep it up .... don't let it stop.

Amber said...

Congrats!!

Victoria said...

Congratulations!!! I was so excited to see this book, something I've always been interested in doing!

Sade said...

Congratulations!

I can't wait till I have an excuse to make that cake (why, yes, I do need one since I am the only chocoholic in the house).

thecoffeebreak said...

Congratulation! Thank you for your incredibly inspirational blog!
Wish you all the best and have a good day!

Kimberly Denise said...

I cannot wait for my book to arrive! I ordered it with 2-day shipping from Amazon. Can you tell that I am excited about it? Those plates are so lovely. I would love to win one!

caramel à la fleur de sel said...

Congratulations on your new book! Here's hoping I win one ^ - ^

Sam said...

Congratulations, can't wait to read it!

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Congratulations, Helene!! I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to pick up the book - how exciting!

Megg said...

Congrats! The book looks amazing. Its so good to see all your hard work pay off :)

Amandalynn said...

I'm so excited!!! I have been waiting for this book since you announced it! Your little video is brilliant and beautiful and I love what you said at the end about how we all see and do things differently and the book isn't about changing that. I'm dying to produce the shots that makes the viewer hungry, just like yours do for me.

tara said...

congratulations and super yum! those plates are freaking awesome.

Binky said...

Wonderful video! As a budding photographer, it was an honor to learn from you in person. Now, I can't wait to have your words and pictures in a lovely book! God bless, and congratulations. :-)

<3 Binky

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congratulations! Your book sounds amazing. I'd love to win a copy... ;-P

A divine cake! So luscious looking.

Cheers,

Rosa

Amy said...

Those plates are gorgeous, the cake looks delicious, and congrats on the book!

Amanda said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! It's just what I've been looking for!

sheri fujihara chen said...

Exciting! I would love to win your book!

Punto Reves said...

Enjoy the fruits of all your hard work... you deserve it!!!! Can't wait to see the book!

LJ said...

congrats! your photos and recipes are always so wonderful!

Dawn said...

This is so great! Congratulations to you, Helen. In any case I will get your book, as you have been an inspiration to me in so many ways for the past 18 months since I discovered your blog! I recently started to take photos of what I cook/bake (my passion is baking) and it's not that easy...;-)
Thank You!

Minti said...

Would love that book...

hailey said...

Congratulations! this is very exciting :) i cannot wait to get my hands on a copy soon!

jacqui said...

Your book sounds like a labor of love, congratulations! And this cake, wow!

Teresa said...

Oh wow! Congratulations, it is hard to believe that the time has arrived. I am looking forward to delving in, whether I win or support you by purchasing one.

I have just convinced myself to commit to a DSLR, as film is becoming harder and harder for me to find and process, it would be great to brush up on my skills at the same time as I learn what life is like with my first SLR younger than me!

L'étudiante said...

Congrats ! Even if the book is in English, I'll buy it because it seems to be soooo great !! (like this chocolate cake)

Lynn said...

Congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

Shawnda said...

Congrats! I can't wait to see the book!

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