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Dave Chapman | Starting Fresh Cookbook Portraits

Am I the only one around here who's totally fed up with all the cold weather? I don't need it to be hot, mind you, but the daffodils are decidedly less enjoyable in jeans and sweaters than in sundresses and tee shirts. Meeting with Dave Chapman from Bean Traders gave me hope, though: talking about the recipe that he's contributing to the Starting Fresh cookbook for chocolate habanero iced coffee was almost enough to make me feel the warm sun on my face. Almost.

But! I had so much fun riding around in the Bean Traders VW Bus ("Garcie," short for Garcia), meeting Dave's lovely family (if you don't know the story of how he and his wife Christy met, you should read about it here), and making his portrait that the cold weather didn't matter. If you've never been to his Durham coffee institution, put it on your list.

Oh, and I hear they have homemade waffles every Sunday. Dave Chapman Durham Chef PortraitsDave Chapman Durham Chef PortraitsDave Chapman Durham Chef PortraitsDave Chapman Durham Chef Portraits

xox,

annemie

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The Duke Farm | Starting Fresh Cookbook Portraits

For those of you who hadn't seen my news already on Facebook, I'm very excited to announce that I've been signed on to photograph a cookbook being co-authored by Ali Rudel of This and That Jam and Elizabeth Turnbull of Old Havana Sandwich Shop. The working title of the book, scheduled to go to press in the Fall of 2014, is Starting Fresh: Stories from the Tobacco Town that Found Redemption in Food, and it is going to be fantastic. Ali & Elizabeth are both hugely talented chefs and could easily put together a cookbook all on their own, but the vision for this project is greater - it seeks to tell the tale of Durham's vibrant food culture in both locally-sourced recipes and the stories behind the people and places that have helped put Durham on the national foodie map. Enter: me! In addition to the food photography that you'd expect on the pages of just about any cookbook, Elizabeth and Ali were looking for portraits of their contributing farmers, chefs, and entrepreneurs... and as soon as they said the word "portrait," I was sold. And so paperwork was signed, hands were shaken hugs were given, and on a cold, sunny morning last week, I got started on what promises to be a huge, and hugely rewarding project.Starting Fresh Cookbook Portrait PhotographyEmily Sloss helped start the Duke Farm when she was an undergraduate studying Public Policy; she loved the project so much that when she graduated, she stayed on to expand and manage the farm, which hosts classes for the university, provides produce to the various food vendors on campus, and runs a small CSA. I'm looking forward to trying the beet slaw recipe she's contributing to the book... perhaps with some of the beets she's planting here: Starting Fresh Cookbook Portrait PhotographyStarting Fresh Cookbook Portrait Photography

I can't wait to share more of these as the project continues! For more, be sure to follow the Starting Fresh facebook page and blog, where recipes will be shared and updates will be given. If you're into Pinterest, you can keep up that way, too!

Starting Fresh Cookbook Portrait Photography

xox,

annemie

 

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