Jackie Alpers – Author, Food Photographer
Jackie is the author of “Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts” and “Taste of Tucson: Sonoran Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona,” is also an award-winning professional food photographer who cooks, styles and photographs food and recipes in her natural-light Tucson studio and documents food and travel on location.
Her popular food photography and recipe blog “Jackie’s Happy Plate” showcases her culinary adventures as a Midwesterner transplanted to the Sonoran Desert. She’s especially interested in the emotional, psychological and spiritual relationships people have with food and drink. Food lends itself to vast symbolism and interpretation and she loves the rituals surrounding it. Alpers writes and photographs a monthly column for the FoodNetwork.com and also contributes recipes and photography to Refinery29, Random House’s TasteBook, TheKitchn, TodayFood, Real Simple and National Geographic among others. She’s been featured in articles for Reader’s Digest, CNN, MSN, Good Morning America, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Recipes and food photography from her blog have featured in numerous online publications including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Glamour, Better Homes and Gardens, Brit + Co. and Buzzfeed Food.
Her editorial and advertising photography clients include: Random House, Knopf, Simon & Schuster, The Globe Pequot Press, Quirk Books, Sterling Publishing, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Arizona Tourism, Loews Hotels, NBC/Universal, Epicurious.com, AARP Magazine and The U.S. White House. In 2011, her book project, “Angry Birds; Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes,” won Best First Cookbook in the World at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards. The Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes app, released in October 2012, which she photographed and edited, is the best-selling cookbook app in the United States, China and numerous other countries. She’s the recipient of numerous awards from American Photography, The Photographer’s Master Cup, ASMP and the International Photography Awards (Lucie’s). In 2004, she received the Black & White Spider Award’s Merit of Excellence, and in 2001, was awarded a bronze medal from the London Photographic Awards.