Pictures are an integral part of cookbooks these days and last week, we shot the photos for The Banh Mi Handbook. It was scheduled for only three days but our shot list (an industry term for a master list of photos) was jammed packed with 8 to 10 images per day. The working subtitle of the cookbook is “Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches” so our goal was to create crazy-delicious looking photos.
On the banh mi team were photographer Paige Green and her assistants Tessa and Morgan, stylist Karen Shinto, prop stylist Tess Watson, editor Melissa Moore, and art director Betsy Stromberg. We’d huddled about the shoot the week before but Melissa, Betsy and I had preliminary discussions long before that. Last week, it all came together. Here’s a look at what went on during the book shoot.