Authors in Conversation with Jackie Alpers

Jackie Alpers is an award-winning professional food photographer & author who writes, cooks, and styles recipes in her sun-lit studio in Tucson, AZ and documents food & travel on location. She is a longtime contributing recipe developer & photographer for The Food Network, Refinery29, TheKitchn, TodayFood, Real Simple, National Geographic and Edible Baja Arizona Magazine among others. She has been featured in articles for Reader's Digest, CNN, Good Morning America, The New York Times & NPR. Recipes and food photography from her blog, Jackie's Happy Plate has been featured in numerous online publications including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Glamour, Better Homes and Gardens, MSN, Brit + Co. and Buzzfeed Food. Chef Maria Mazon was born in Tucson, AZ but raised in Sonora, Mexico. There is a misconception of Mexican food as fast food – that you only get it on-the-go. At her restaurant, BOCA, it is about taking the time to experience what Mexican food is. The tortilla, made with corn or flour; no fried shell – this is real Mexican food. It is the food she grew up eating – with the cabbage, guacamole, limes, pickled onions, salsas. It is all so beautiful. An artist in the kitchen her salsas are super unique, super eclectic. Each is like a pallet. Every color represents a flavor. Every color represents a heat. This is why she loves what she does – every day to create something so original. And yet so authentic.

Jackie Alpers

Jackie Alpers is an award-winning professional food photographer and the author of two cookbooks; Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona and  Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts....

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Taste of Tucson
Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona
Jackie Alpers
West Margin Press
April 2020
ISBN 9781513262567
Hardcover, 192 pages
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A collection of delicious Sonoran-style recipes from local restaurant experts and the author's own original recipes, all inspired by the rich culture of Southern Arizona. More/less

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