Where Women Cook Celebrate by Jo Packham

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Feature of La Tartine Gourmande inside Where Women Cook Celebrate!

Back in summer last year, Jo Packham emailed me to ask whether I’d be willing to be featured inside a book she wanted to design. I liked her right away. I loved her book idea just in the same way.

Her book was going to celebrate a selection of women artists who like to cook. I loved that she asked me. I said Yes without a second of hesitation.

A year later, Jo’s book is available. It’s called Where Women Cook: Celebrate!: Extraordinary Women & Their Signature Recipes

It’s a beautiful hard-cover book with over 175 pages. With recipes and stories about these women who cook and celebrate. With amongst them, talented artists like Molly, Helen and Ree.

At the time of the shoot, my kitchen was in the process of being renovated. And I needed to find a photographer. I immediately thought about Francine Zaslow who kindly accepted without hesitation to become my photographer.

Last fall, I drove to Francine’s studio in Boston where she and I worked together during a full day. It was fun and creative. While I cooked and styled a red kuri squash risotto, she photographed it. Then, once my kitchen was done, I was able to shoot a few of my own pictures inside in my new kitchen, when Lulu helped me cook.

In celebration of the release of the book, the Lark Crafts blog is hosting a giveaway. Click here to receive details. If you post a comment on their blog before Friday October 21st by midnight EST (sorry if I am late, but the pre sale announcement of my own cookbook ate up my time), you are likely to win a copy of this gorgeous book filled with pretty photographs. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday, October 24th.

Bonne chance !

Thank you Jo. Thank you Francine. And everyone who worked on the project. I am honored to be part of it.

Posted in Food Photography, Food Styling, Life and Us


  1. How great to have so much book-related good news the past few days! Contrats on all of your achievements and hard work – everything looks beautiful.

  2. The book looks fantastic and inspiring. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Also, and this is a side-note really, I’m super envious of Lulu’s wardrobe.

  3. That’s wonderful news, Congratulations! This has been one of my favourite publications, now I can’t wait to see the book.
    Kudos also on your own book!

  4. Look forward to getting a copy of your new book — thank you for so generously including some view-able recipes in the preview version which I’ve perused on the ipad. Experimented with your carrot-red lentil soup this week and it was fantastic. Even my spouse who doesn’t usually enjoy veg-centric soups was totally won over and I felt like a “Bea mini-me” as I crushed red peppercorns for garnish, along with the artfully laid cilantro leaves and squeezes of lime juice to finish…. 🙂 . Have loved learning techniques and ideas from your blog over the years…and continue to be inspired by your pictures and stories and recipes. Many thanks!

  5. Congratulations Béa for getting to be a part in this book project! This post made me crave risotto…

  6. Just another awesome project. It always makes me happy to read about all your ideas. What a fabulous idea of this book. Great that you are a part of it. Congrats!

  7. Yes !!! Je sais ce que je vais “deùander” à mes enfants pour la Noël; hé hé !!!
    Il me tarde +++ e voir toutes les photos !
    Bravo !

  8. Congratulations on your book!
    You really deserve it because of your hard work and your talent.
    I love browsing through your blog and reading about you and your familly, your recipes and I love your gorgeos pictures!
    You even have me thinking of starting a foodblog…. but I doný know if I would have the skills for that.
    Anyway, I want to thank you for sharing your recipes, life stories and pictures with us.

    Love Mandi

  9. Where do you find the time, the energy? I look to you as an inspiration these days, more than you know. If Béa can do it so can I! So glad to hear of all your recent, much deserved successes. You are a marvel!

  10. Congratulations for this special moment. I would like also to thank you for your beautiful blog. I´m from Portugal, and I spend part of my lunch time seeing your recipes, photos (so nice) and memories that you write. We can feel that you do it with passion.

  11. Je sens qu’on va me haïr …
    le facteur vient de passer et je découvre avec ravissement le fruit de longs mois de travail: votre livre est tout à votre image … ou du moins celle que l’on devine au travers de votre blog.
    Bravo et Merci

  12. Beautiful! And only fitting that you would be included in a book like this. Love the images and particularly the one of Lulu standing by the counter!

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  14. Have been trying to link some of you fabulous photos as well as the blog to my board on Pintrest….your photos will not link.:( Amazing photos and love your blog! Want the rest of the world to know it too! Just gorgeous!