Damn Delicious

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot

A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Yes! Damn Delicious is officially coming out with its first cookbook, coming this Fall!

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

It’s been a huge work-in-progress, and writing a book is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

I mean with this baby corgi sidekick, we can conquer the world together.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

And eat mounds and mounds of Nutella loaf from Joan’s on Third. Isn’t the catered food the best part of a photoshoot anyway?

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

No, but really, here is a look behind-the-scenes of the cover shoot that happened right in our new house.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

I still don’t have any furniture but Madison Modern Home staged the entire place, making it a beautiful home. And believe me when I tell you – I’m keeping this entire living room set, including Anthony, the stunning make-up guy.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Then there’s fashion blogger Camille, my personal stylist for the day.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

This girl made me look so good from head to toe. She needs to be my stylist for real life, not just for photoshoots. Because I only own one pair of jeans and $2.50 Old Navy flip flops.

 Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Here’s Trevor. The photographer. This guy does magic.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Especially with creative director, Nick Hounslow, here, who ran the entire shoot from start to finish. But really, does he have to be that laser-focused?

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

I was simply asking if I could change my hair.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

But really, how perfect is this outdoor staging? I may have to keep all of this too.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

If not, I’m taking the water bin and returning the rest. This bin is EVERYTHING.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Then there’s Kyle, the hair guy. He can do wonders, and is always on set making you look fabulous every 10 seconds.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Nope. Not crying here. It just started to rain in the middle of the shoot.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

No biggie. Trevor made it work.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

See? Nailed it.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Except Butters started to feel left out.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Then he began to creep.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

Not sure what these two are talking about but it looks serious. Maybe it was the Butters’ cameo?

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

But wait. You can’t forget about the food stylist, Marian. I also need her for real life.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

And here we go again. The art director is not happy with the Cheesecake Factory avocado egg rolls. Hence, the reshoot.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

But 7 hours later, we got all the shots we needed thanks to this amazing team.

Damn Delicious Cookbook Cover Photoshoot - A look behind-the-scenes of my upcoming cookbook cover photoshoot, coming this September!

I couldn’t have done it without them!

Nick Hounslow – Creative Director

Trever Hoehne – Photographer

Marian Cooper Cairns – Food Stylist

Camille Carter – Stylist

Kyle Estudillo – Hair Stylist

Anthony Merante – Makeup

Arno Diem – Videographer

Madison Modern Home – Staging

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91 comments

  1. Congrats on the book deal! I’m so excited to purchase it! I love your site and all of the recipes I’ve made have become instant favorites in our household. Thank you for what you do and keep up the great work! 😀

  2. Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to buy it!! 🙂

  3. Congratulations dear. I have been following your blogs for some time now all the way from Zimbabwe Africa. Your recipes make magic in my home. Well done!

  4. The fact that you’re coming out with a cookbook is so cool, but equally as cool is this post giving credit to the hard work this team put in to help that book be a success!  I greatly admire that you did that, Chungah.  As for Butters, my two corgis Owen and Spice say hi.  Or should that be “woof!”  🙂   Congratulations on this wonderful and very big step in your career!  Well deserved.

  5. Can’t wait for your cookbook! Your house looks amazing, you totally need to keep all that furniture! 🙂

  6. Hi Chungah! Congrats on the progress of your cookbook-I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and am so happy for all your hard work and success 🙂 Keep it up!

  7. Congratulations! I live in Germany and love that I can make most of your recipes here in Europe. They are so delicious so I can’t wait for your cookbok!

  8. Your recipes are so delicious! Is the cookbook going to be available in the UK or only sold in the US?

  9. Beautiful food and pictures but something is missing….where the heck is Ollie?

  10. Congrats. I will definitely buy the book when it comes out. My family loves your recipes that I try every week.

    Am I the only guy here?

  11. My whole family loves all the recipes of yours that I have made. Seriously. I can’t wait for the cookbook. 

  12. Hi Chunga,
    This all looks great……love the wee Corgi…………….Hope the cook book is an amazing success.  I have used so many of your recipes from my computer…………Will this book be available in Australia??
    Good Luck
    Love
    Kay

  13. I’m so excited for you, Chungah! Can we pre-order your cookbook?

  14. Congratulations!!  Mike & I both love, love your recipes. Can’t wait for the book.  As seniors, we are still learning new things from so many younger people!!  😉

    Great job…
    Patty & Mike Smith
    Vero Beach, FL. 32960

  15. Congratulations!! You are such a doll.

  16. Great shots of your photoshoot, fun to see.  Excited for your new book.  Your recipes are my go to place when I am looking for what to have for dinner.  Your recipes are always easy to follow and don’t clutter it up with too many ingredients.  The only way I cook chicken thighs anymore is one of your cast iron pan ideas – so good and easy.  Thanks.

  17. Congratulations! Tremendous accomplishment!

  18. Thanks for sharing your photo shoot with us. I’m so looking forward to your cookbook as is my daughter. We love your recipes.

  19. Congrats on your cookbook.  I love, love love your recipes and can’t wait to get your book.  I’m so happy for you.

  20. I am so excited!  You are awesome and can’t wait to buy the book!!  I will then have all my favorite recipes in one place!!!

  21. YEAH!….CAN HARDLY WAIT TO GET ONE TO KEEP AND ONE TO GIVE….

    COOKBOOK LONG OVERDUE…CONGRATS ON YOUR NEWEST CREATIVE ENDEAVOR!

  22. Congratulations on your upcoming book!  How exciting, and a professional photo shoot, too!  Looking forward to it.  My favorite is the Korean Beef Bowl!  Also love the bang bang recipes!  

  23. It’s so inspiring to see a blogger who started out just like all of us, grow into a successful and smart business woman! I’ve been pinning your recipes for as long as I can remember and I can’t wait till your book comes out! 

  24. Congratulations! This is nice, now I don’t have to print out recipes. Love your food. Quick and easy. Plus delicious. Will be buying this one to add to my collection. Keep up the good work.

  25. Congrats! It’s encouraging to see your hard work paying off! I’m looking forward to your cookbook. You’re clam chowder was a life saver for someone like me who lives in the desert.

  26. So excited about your cookbook !  I’ll definitely be getting one.

  27. That’s awesome! I’ve been following your blog forever and love your recipes. Can’t wait!

  28. firstly, you are super pretty.  I love your site, I have been following you for 3 years. I am so excited about your book. Let us know when we can preorder it

  29. Congratulations! So excited for you. Have enjoyed your blog & recipes for a while.  Already pre-ordered your cookbook from Amazon.  Looking forward to September. Thank you for all the time you put into your blog, it makes my life alittle easier when I don’t have to think about what to make for dinner. Best of Luck

  30. Your blog is a really amazing story of success, and a testament to all of your hard work. Your food photography is beautiful and your recipes consistently delicious. When my blog grows up, I will be happy to be half as successful as you are. It’s completely amazing that you are ranked #3 among America’s top food bloggers, and that’s with a domain that ends in .net. That’s something all the “experts” say can’t happen. (Those experts are adamant you must have a .com. I guess they don’t realize that good content and hard work is more important than the address.) I am so happy for you. Congratulations on your success. I can’t wait to see your cookbook in print.

  31. Love your site and look forward to purchasing your cookbook, Congratulations!!!! Love all your recipes.

  32. Yes!!! I am so excited to get this book! Just ordered my copy. I love the idea of you doing a local book signing- especially if Butters is there! Kia (my corgi) would love to meet him. 

  33. awesome,  love your recipes and looking forward to your book!

  34. I am so looking forward to your cookbook! 

  35. So happy for you!!!! Yay!!!! I LOVE all of your recipes! 

  36. I’ve tried many recipes and love them……so easy.  I sure hope this book comes out as an eBook with pictures for every recipe.   Good luck and way to go girl.  I’ve been to many sites and yours is the only one I have kept.  Thank you for all the fun I have had…….Kat

  37. Chungah!!  I’ve been a fan of yours since what seems like forever!!  Have made many wonderful dinners inspired by your website!  So happy for your success and your new cookbook!!  Come to Philadelphia!! I’ll come say hi!!

  38. So happy to have found your site and now a cookbook. WOW!!!! Congratulations. Let us know when we can pre-order.

  39. Well, like everyone above can’t wait till I can buy your cookbook. I love your recipes and they are very well received by my husband and brother. You are a great cook.

  40. Thanks for all the great meals your recipes have inspired!
    Good Luck with the Cook Book – hugs for butters! Jude W2AYV

  41. I hope your ‘cookbook’ will be sold in Canada!! I can hardly wait for it.

    Your recipes are the best…..more than the best.
    Come on September!!##!!

  42. I’m glad to see that you have a corgi in your life, and that the corgi seems to have an appropriately central role. I am also owned by a corgi who rules me with the same gentle persistence.

  43. So happy for you!  Your recipes are AMAZING!!!

  44. Although I had a lot of trouble focusing on the content after reading the words, “Nutella loaf,” I managed to get through it. This is so great! Published by Time, Inc.??? I feel like I’m in with the cool kids since I’ve been following your site for a while and using so many of your recipes so often. I wasn’t the only one who freaked out when your site was down (turned out to be for all of 15 minutes)–your recipes really are great.
    Your own photographs are beautifully professional, too.
    In conclusion, YAY!

  45. Congrats on your upcoming book!  It is a true labor of love…. and I know that first hand.  I wrote a cookbook several years ago and enjoyed every minute of it!  What a great accomplishment!  You should be very proud.

  46. OMG OMG I just love the creeping photo with Butters!!!  lol  I giggled out loud, I don’t if know if it was because it was so cute or if it was because I hear you say, “And then he began to creep” …lol

    I am sooo excited for your cookbook!!!  I’ve said it before, but I keep almost every email you send out, your recipes are all so yummy sounding and wonderful!  Very rare if I don’t keep one…Congrats and Good Luck!

  47. I am so happy for you and can not wait for your new book to be available. Your food is the best and I tell everyone about them. Good luck.

  48. Congratulations, Chungah!!  I’ve been following your Blog for quite some time and have referred you bunches to friends and fellow cooks!  I love your soups and Zuppa Toscana is my favorite Heaven in a Bowl.  You so deserve the STAR TREATMENT!

  49. Can not WAIT for this cookbook to come out. It’s only the second cookbook I have ever even wanted (along with America’s Test Kitchen 15th anniversary). My fiance hates it when I try recipes from other sites and just asked me last week if we can just stick to DD recipes!!! Pre-ordered it yesterday so I will have the cookbook in my hands the day it comes out, just a couple days after my wedding. What a gift to us!!! Let the countdown begin. 😀

  50. I wish you fabulous success. Love, love, love your recipes!

  51. How wonderful for you!  Congratulations.

  52. Butters is the cutest! Happy for you! Its a wonderful ne venture for you congrats!!!!!! I love Butters!

  53. Outstanding! Looking forward to cook book! Enjoyed these
    photos of “getting pictures for your book.” Looks like a fun time…
    Thank you for sharing!!

  54. Your own site always has fabulous photos. So you do a great job by yourself!

  55. Congratulations! Must have been exhausting, but really cool to see how all this is put together–look forward to gtting my copy!

  56. I can’t wait to buy your cookbook.  Keep us posted and let us know if we can pre-order!

  57. Absolutely fantastic! I am a realtor in New Jersey…I am thinking of buying 10 or so copies of your cookbook and give it to my first time buyers as a gift! Great way for them to break in their new kitchen! You so deserve this, I am so happy to see your succeed! 

  58.  Wonderful news!! I love your recipes! It’s so much fun to open your blog each morning and see what new tasty treats you have in store for us. Your recipes are easy to follow, the photos are so colorful and detailed, and the food is soooooo good .
    I can hardly wait for the book! Congratulations!

  59. Congrats! Can’t wait for the cookbook. Best of luck to you! 

  60. Congratulations, Chungah!!  I’ll be buying the book for sure!

  61. Cannot wait for the cookbook.   You are, by far, my favorite food blogger!   I don’t think there’s a recipe of yours I’ve tried that’s failed.   They’re both simple and yummy,  which goes a LONG way in my kitchen.   Good luck finishing it up! 

  62. You are the best! I love your recipes and they are a staple in my menu planning. Congratulations on your cookbook.

  63. Congratulations on the cookbook!  I’ve been cooking a lot of your recipes the past couple of years because my kids actually eat them and enjoy them (love those apple butter chicken wings!)  Thank you … and best of lluck with the new cookbook!

  64. Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see the new cookbook–and it’s just in time for my birthday. 🙂 

  65. Can’t wait!!!

  66. Congratulations! I look forward with receiving your recipes, they are amazing–you are very talented! I gave a question? Where could I get the recipe for the Nutella loaf cake?  Continued success for you.  

  67. So excited for you! Not surprised though! Have enjoyed your blog and the wonderful recipes for a while. I have never been disappointed with any of your meals I have prepared! Congratulations! Can’t wait to purchase one!

  68. Congratulations on your upcoming cookbook; a true labour of love. Although we are only part way into April, I am beginning to compile my Christmas gift list and guess what …. Problem .. how many copies to order?!!

  69. Hope you have lots of shots with Butters in it.  My favorite accessories-a Corgi.

  70. Can’t wait for your cookbook! Congrats on the awesome photo shoot

  71. I hope it will be available in the UK!  I love your blog, and everything I have tried works perfectly – thank you!

  72. Yay – it’s about time you wrote a cookbook!!! So exciting 🙂

  73. Congratulations! The tin is from Target & cost 5 bucks! I have one.

  74. Congratulations!! Every recipe I’ve tried from your site has turned into a success! My toddlers love it, my hubs inhales it, and I am left as one happy mama. We enjoy your recipes and look forward purchasing your book! No more printing recipes. Woohoo!!

  75. So excited to buy the book!!!!!!! When is it on sale????

  76. Oooh! I hope you can do a local book tour, like maybe Vroman’s in pasadena? That would be awesome! I would buy a copy and come to get it signed!

  77. I’ve also been following you for quite a while, and I’m thrilled to learn that you’ll be publishing a cookbook soon. Best wishes for continued success in whatever you do!

  78. CONGRATS! I’m so excited to see the finished product and taste the yummy recipes! I’ve been following your blog/reading every post/cooking your (damn) delicious food for ages, and you so deserve this opportunity. I will be pre-ordering! (Mainly for a chance at Butters pictures, obv, but I’m sure the cooking will be good, too.)

  79. I can’t wait for an official cookbook! The blog is great and wonderful but a physical book to pull off the shelf will be fabulous!