Ever wondered what it’s like to be at a cookbook photo shoot? Here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the shoot for our next cookbook, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Desserts Cookbook, coming out in September from Rodale. (The first copies will be available at the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival, Sept 21&22.)

Don’t worry, there’s not a single calorie in any of these photos…



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  • By: Cathy

    Nice photos – thank you for sharing. And Brent looks Fabulous in that green sweater!

  • By: Sabino Escobedo

    Can’t wait to get my Heirloom Desserts Book! And, of course, signed by its Fabulous Authors 😉


  • By: jeda1981

    Oh my! Everything is just fabulous!!!! :* 🙂 Thank you very much for sharing, Dr. Brent and Josh! I like that you were appreciative of the Dunkin’ Donuts 😀 hehe and also your comment on slide 35 is funny! 😀 All the props and people are so nice! We can’t wait for the finished product! You are all beautiful, Beekman 1802 family….

    • By: jeda1981

      And also, thank you very much for recommending Elissa Altman’s blog – it’s awesome too! 🙂

  • By: Robin

    OMG, what a beautiful series of photos! All I can think of, however, is the tremendous amount of talent, organization and attention to detail it takes to put together this beautiful cookbook – and then to get all those lovely pieces of flatware, cooking implements, silver, china and antiquities back to their owners in perfect condition! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to see the final product!

  • By: Linda Schnell- Leonardi

    A warm comfortable feeling of home, with all of the different textures of glass, wood, silver, and then to add your beautiful desserts, just perfect. yummmmmm.

  • By: Castro Felicita

    Everything is BEAUTIFUL. I am a believer in saying – presentation is everything. I ordered your cookbook – “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” to which i am patiently waiting. Will be ordering this cookbook soon. Happy cooking, baking etc. Keep up the good work. Hope to meet you guys one day.

  • By: Teri

    I also LOVE that cooling rack. must find something like that.

  • By: Bonny

    Dr., Pioneer Women gets Food Network to come to her Ranch for filming and pictures! Stand firm! They can come to you also! Your that good! Can’t wait to see the finished, “baby”.

  • By: Amy Dorval

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful journey! How many hours did it take? Was it more than a day or two? The photos are great I feel like I was there too! So many interesting historical pieces with the textures, color and patterns, very cool. And I can not wait to buy a copy of the new cookbook. We are remodeling our 1930’s kitchen this year and will have a few “Beekman” things to add to it:)

    • By: Dr. Brent

      Hi, Amy

      The shoot is a 7 day process, but many months of pre-planning just for the photos. From start to finish, the book is about a 2 year process

  • By: Amy

    lovely photo shoot of the photo shoot. Did you have someone to document this photographer too? 🙂

  • By: Diana Binkowski

    Love seeing all those great old props you are using. It brings back great memories from my grandmother’s kitchen. I have her recipe box with hand written recipes that were handed down forever. They never wasted anything. Sour milk, bacon drippings, unbleached flour (current recipes use all-purpose and that won’t work. I found out the hard way). Can’t wait to buy it and try it out.

  • By: Teri Tighe

    did you have all those people and props for the last cookbook, as well? or with the success of the last cookbook, were these resources handed over to you?

      • By: Teri

        they have beautiful stuff. it’s great to see you have get the cookbook that you want with all the right resources. can’t wait to see it.

  • By: Michele

    Wow!!!! Can’t wait. I want that cooling rack, maybe your blacksmith can duplicate it, and sell them.

  • By: Jane

    Beautiful props! I love hummingbirds and that spoon is very nice. At my age, one doesn’t like to see time fly by but of boy……I can’t wait to see this cookbook! 🙂

  • By: Marie Chilcote

    I was wondering where Josh was. And such nice hands too. Did Josh do all the writing for the cookbook?

  • By: Melissa

    Oh, that black iron cooling rack / serving tray belongs in my home. And the dichotomy between the silver and the wood boards, to die for.

  • By: Deb

    What to respond to first…..
    1) everything is gorgeous and have always wondered if you had a basement vault with all sorts of beautiful dishes and cutting boards and and and….
    2) a new cookbook = hooray!!!!!!! Now if that could only come with zero calories but I have learned just to bake and invite people over.
    3) loved to see all the people that go into making such a work of art, as that is what your first cookbook was and I will be there in September for this one!
    Thank you and all who are working on the project.

  • By: Renee

    Very interesting, great shots. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • By: Monica H

    I can hardly wait! I’m sure the photos will be stunning. It will make a nice companion to my Heirloom Cookbook.

  • By: Christopher Bois

    That was so interesting and showed all the work that goes into making a cookbook. Loved all the props! Can’t wait for the cookbook!!!!!

  • By: cascobaysoapnon

    Lovely! I used to be a photo stylist in my former life, really enjoyed it. Loved looking at your pictures. 🙂

  • By: Pam

    The book will be so beautiful along with the wonderful recipes. I love the pieces…everything is so unique! Wish you luck with it…can’t wait!

  • By: sally

    Can’t wait for the dessert cookbook! I think its going to be a big seller!!

  • By: nantucketdaffodil

    Oh my goodness! This was such a treat! I am coveting the cookie rack and the hummingbird stamped silver. What fun!

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