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Behind the Fork

From butter to ghee.
Angling for the shot.
Hot potato.
Our homage to Julie Child and her love of butter.
D.I.Y. cheesepress (that’s a wheel of cheddar-made yesterday-nestled inside that cheese mold.

More backstage shots from the photo shoot for “Home Dairy”, book #3 in the “Homemade Living” series. Day number two. One more day and 19 shots left-at least, for this round of photos, that is. We’ll be back at it again next month, then it’s on to images for book #4, “Keeping Bees.”

It’s shaping up to be another beautiful book. I cannot begin to express my continued amazement and gratitude for being paired up with such a talented, cooperative, inspired, and inspiring group of individuals.

I’m just happy to be along for the ride. And, of course, for the chance to eat so much butter.

8 Responses to Behind the Fork

  • Anna says:

    I love seeing the behind the scenes shots! It must be amazing to be part of that and to have all of your work captured so well. I very much look forward to your book — I make some dairy products at home but haven't gotten too far into cheese making at home because it seems kind of complicated and intimidating. I suspect that your book will be a great guide to learning more!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    shut up, that looks so good. i am psyched for this one. when's the tour chica????

  • hi aimee! not sure on the tour. we're waiting to see what comes of the publicity blitzkrieg my publicist is waging first. i'll make it your way eventually, though!

  • Anonymous says:

    The book sounds great. Can't wait.

  • Chroma Lab says:

    This is really exciting! I can't wait to see more as you move forward.

  • CBnAVL says:

    >Anne. I've been styling shots for the shoot and can attest to the fact that cheese-making is NOT hard. IT's really fun. Like alchemy. Ashley has made me a believer!

  • Jessie K says:

    Ashley: Congrats on your canning book!! It looks awesome! I just bought a copy. Well done!!!! (Where did you learn SOOO much about canning, bee keeping, chicken rearing and cheese making???) Best, Jessie

  • Jessie-In the words of Sir Issac Newton, “If I have seen a little further it is by sanding on the shoulders of Giants.” Research, experimentation, and livin' it!