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The Best Gifts for Foodies in Every State

The Best Gifts for Foodies in Every State

Taste of Tucsonthe best gifts for foodies in Arizona, according to the editors at Eat This, Not That!

“Choosing just one dish in Arizona seems almost impossible. This state is flourishing with all kinds of rich dishes and cultures, and this cookbook reflects that. In particular, Arizonians will love the recipes for Adobo Pulled Pork, Red Pozole, and of course, Mini Chimichangas.”

World’s Best Food Photographer!

World’s Best Food Photographer!

“Food photography has been taken to new levels by Jackie Alpers. Using a natural light studio, she creates her meals and photographs the food after. Taking photos of food is more than just a passion for her. She loves eating just as much! Check out her cookbook on the Taste of Tucson, which has won multiple awards!”

American Photography 37 Winner

American Photography 37 Winner

Two images from Taste of Tucson have been chosen for American Photography 37. Having one of my first food photographs selected for American Photography 23 gave me the confidence to continue pursuing a career as a food photographer way back when, and this award...

International Color Photography Award

International Color Photography Award

Two images from my cookbook Taste of Tucson have been nominated in the food photography category of the International Color Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography.

Reading the West Book Awards

Reading the West Book Awards

The Reading the West Book Awards are sponsored and promoted by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. The awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the states represented by our...

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Review in the Arizona Republic Newspaper

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Review in the Arizona Republic Newspaper

“A love letter to Tucson and Sonoran food, food photographer Jackie Alpers takes us not only through southern Arizona cuisine, but also to her favorite spots in the Old Pueblo. The book also notes the culinary influence of the Tohono O’odham people on Tucson.

Review of Taste of Tucson cookbook in Edible Phoenix Magazine

Review of Taste of Tucson cookbook in Edible Phoenix Magazine

Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona (West Margin Press, 2020) by Jackie Alpers, shows off the long food history of the Tucson region and the desert transplant’s love of all foods Sonoran. The book begins with a brief history of...

Taste of Tucson by Jackie Alpers featured on Forbes.com

Taste of Tucson by Jackie Alpers featured on Forbes.com

“Molletes are just these beautiful, open-faced Mexican sandwiches with slathered on ingredients on a roll with hot sauce on top and a fried egg,” Stevens says. “The recipe comes from Jackie Alpers’ new cookbook, Taste of Tucson. It was exciting to put something out there and showcase some of the work that writers like Jackie are doing during the pandemic.” – Ashlie Stevens for Forbes.com.

Independent Booksellers Summer Camp LIVE with Jackie Alpers

Independent Booksellers Summer Camp LIVE with Jackie Alpers

I went to summer camp with the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers. There were no s'mores or sleepovers, but it was still a lot of fun. My short presentation on how the history of Sonoran regional cuisine influenced my Taste of Tucson cookbook starts at...

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Featured on CNN

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Featured on CNN

"A vegetarian taco recipe from Jackie Alpers, author of the Taste of Tucson cookbooks is featured on CNN. There are some great ideas for incorporating more #vegetarian meals to your life." Thank you to the fabulous writer and...

Tucson Foodie Interview with Taste of Tucson author Jackie Alpers

Tucson Foodie Interview with Taste of Tucson author Jackie Alpers

“Now more than ever, cookbooks are a way to experience regional cuisines from the comfort of home,” said Alpers. “People are doing a lot of armchair traveling these days and cookbooks are a big part of that. People can read up, then get up and into the kitchen, no...

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Review in Eat Your Books

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Review in Eat Your Books

It has been an extremely challenging and emotionally charged time to release a cookbook, so I can’t stress enough how much it means to me that EatYourBooks circled around and gave Taste of Tucson some love.

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Featured in the Phoenix New Times

Taste of Tucson Cookbook Featured in the Phoenix New Times

Taste of Tucson news and press. Taste of Tucson: Sonoran Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona by Jackie Alpers is featured in the article Five Arizona Cookbooks you should know. Link to full article included.

Jackie Alpers Interviewed on the Cookbook Love Podcast With Maggie Green

Jackie Alpers Interviewed on the Cookbook Love Podcast With Maggie Green

“We talk about Jackie’s belief that writing and photographing a cookbook is an inclusive process, along with her experiences as a full-time food photographer, and her ultimate desire to write her own cookbooks, which culminated in two books, one called Sprinkles: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts which explores the science of sprinkles (Sprinkology!), shares crafty methods for sprinkling, and offers a comprehensive guide to identifying and cooking with them and her most recent book published in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – Taste of Tucson.”

Taste of Tucson cookbook review in the Arizona Daily Star

Taste of Tucson cookbook review in the Arizona Daily Star

I loved chatting with Andi Berlin about Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes for this wonderful article in the Arizona Daily Star. She included the recipe for menudo that Teresa’s Mosaic Cafe graciously gave me to include in the book. Read the full article.

The Best Restaurants in Phoenix

The Best Restaurants in Phoenix

My updated Food Network guide to what and where to eat in Phoenix. Go beyond the cowboy steaks and traditional Mexican fare that are often associated with Phoenix and celebrate the city with these dishes inspired by international cuisines, as well as local trends and...

Make a Sweets Stadium Your Game-Day Party Centerpiece

Make a Sweets Stadium Your Game-Day Party Centerpiece

by Jackie Alpers for the Food Network Your guacamole will need to find a new bowl this year. Our twist on the traditional savory snack stadium shines the spotlight on dessert. I built this over-the-top snack stadium made with all kinds of sweets. Read all about it at...

Jackie Alpers Photography Featured on Lonely Planet

Jackie Alpers Photography Featured on Lonely Planet

Tucson, Arizona America's best food cities for travelers on a budget It may not have made front-page news in America’s biggest cities, but Tucson is a big deal in food circles. It was the first city in the United States to be named a Capital of Gastronomy by...

The Best Cheap Eats in Phoenix, Arizona

The Best Cheap Eats in Phoenix, Arizona

by Jackie Alpers for the Food Network I found, photographed and wrote about the best Cheap Eats in Phoenix, Arizona. Read all about it at the Food Network.

Jackie Alpers Makes Eclair Bears for the Food Network

Jackie Alpers Makes Eclair Bears for the Food Network

When is a bear not just a bear? When it’s also an eclair. An eclair bear that is! Here's another one of my fun projects for kids that I've been working on with the Food Network. Start with this eclair recipe, then build your bears from there. I show you how to make a...

What to Eat in Arizona: Jackie Alpers for the Food Network

What to Eat in Arizona: Jackie Alpers for the Food Network

I’ve written and photographed a guide on what to eat in Arizona for the Food Network. "Grub in the Grand Canyon State: The Best Things to Eat in Arizona," features 29 of the the most iconic dishes across the state.   Though Arizona is geographically and culturally...

Feature Article in Edible Baja Arizona Magazine by Jackie Alpers

Feature Article in Edible Baja Arizona Magazine by Jackie Alpers

I’m happy to have written and photographed my first feature article for Edible Baja Arizona Magazine that includes a bunch of my super easy summer recipes inspired by Sonoran food classics, including these baked Carne Asada Tostadas with guacamole and pickled red...

Frozen Fruit Hacks for Refinery29 and GMA

Frozen Fruit Hacks for Refinery29 and GMA

It's getting hot out there folks! Get my super easy summertime frozen fruit recipes  and see my latest food photographs for Refinery29, including the World's Easiest One Ingredient Frozen Watermelon Pops. This recipe is also featured on Good Morning America's website...

Jackie Alpers for Lipton Iced Tea

Jackie Alpers for Lipton Iced Tea

My latest article for Food Network was sponsored by the folks at Lipton Tea, who asked me to come up with some new ways to flavor ice tea. Bold flavors and unique flavor combinations are the new wave of iced teas creations this summer. Here's how to dress up pitchers...

Festive Holiday Drink Rims for FoodNetwork.com

Festive Holiday Drink Rims for FoodNetwork.com

Nothing says, “It’s party time” like beverages with fancy looking decorated rims! Dip, dunk and swirl your way to a festive holiday celebration with my 10 ideas for decking out your glassware for the holidays.  The melting hard candy drink rim pictured uses the...

2-Ingredient Comfort Food Recipes for Refinery29

2-Ingredient Comfort Food Recipes for Refinery29

Refinery29 asked me to develop and photograph 10 recipes for comfort foods made with just two ingredients. Pictured above are crispy little appetizers made with only Parmesan cheese and pepperoni. You can see the rest here.

Microwave Mug Meals for Refinery29

Microwave Mug Meals for Refinery29

My marvelous microwave mug meals in mere minutes. For Refinery29. Pictured above is my photo of a bacon cheeseburger made in a mug in less than 5 minutes! It's a miracle!

Spooky Halloween Pasta Carbonara with Exotic Mushrooms and Bacon

Spooky Halloween Pasta Carbonara with Exotic Mushrooms and Bacon

by Jackie Alpers for Taste To help us carbo-load for the long trek through the neighborhood every Halloween, my mother would prepare her standard pre-trick-or-treating meal of Kraft’s boxed spaghetti dinner. We loved it. These days, I’ve upgraded the tradition with a...

Non-alcoholic Sangria Recipe for Taste Cooking Magazine

Non-alcoholic Sangria Recipe for Taste Cooking Magazine

This non-alcoholic version of sangria incorporates grilled fruit for a smoky/spicy summer quencher. The contrast of the grill marks on the colorful fruit make for a stunning visual display, so be sure to serve this in a large glass pitchers or several smaller glass...

Sparkling Sprinkles July 4th Dessert for the FoodNetwork.com

Sparkling Sprinkles July 4th Dessert for the FoodNetwork.com

Sprinkles elevate an everyday dessert like this simple chocolate mousse into something special. Glittery red cinnamon sugar and vanilla mini marshmallow bits add a kick of flavor, while the subtle color of these pretty blue jimmies comes from natural dyes. So sprinkle...

Pound Cake Revisited by Jackie Alpers for the Food Network

Pound Cake Revisited by Jackie Alpers for the Food Network

Store bought pound-cake was a weeknight dessert staple when I was growing up, and it’s still got a strong presence in the grocery store’s freezer section. What I like best about it is that it’s sturdy, but not too sweet, making it a good base for creative elaboration....

Improv Snacking – Donut Edition

Improv Snacking – Donut Edition

Frozen Yogurt Donut Popsicles Are you standing in the middle of a convent store in the middle of the night, or are you perhaps gazing at the leftover remnants of a box of Krispy Creams from your latest work-related breakfast meeting and wondering to yourself, “What...

Improv & the Art of Snacking

Improv & the Art of Snacking

by Jackie Alpers for The Kitchn "The most creative and inventive snacks are the result of mastering the art of improv" - me quoting me! Read the article I wrote for The Kitchn. The improv snack pictured is a bagel sundae topped with hot fudge, caramel sauce,...

Hot Doggin’ It

Hot Doggin’ It

12 Unexpected Ways To Top Hot Dogs | By Jackie Alpers for Food Network.com Summer party spreads like picnics and pot lucks are an excellent opportunity to put your creative snacking skills to use and experiment with inventing new and exciting hot dog combinations, or...

Party Peeps Are in the House! | Jackie Alpers for Food Network

Party Peeps Are in the House! | Jackie Alpers for Food Network

There's a Peeps extravaganza going on over at the Food Network just in time for Easter. I came up with 8 party ready ideas featuring everyone's favorite sugar coated marshmallow candy.  The Peeps Bunny King cake is shown above. Below are the Peeps...

Jackie Alpers on NPR

Jackie Alpers on NPR

Listen to me talk about food photography and my cookbook, Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts on NPR! I also make this Lucky Charms Cake on-air to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Here's the link to the audio and the recipe.

Mexican Street Snacks for Random House’s TasteBook

Mexican Street Snacks for Random House’s TasteBook

In my latest article for Random House's TasteBook I share recipes for my favorite Mexican street snacks, including TostiNachos and these Walking Tacos made with Tapatio Doritos. They're perfect for the Super Bowl, a day when it is perfectly acceptable to eat all of...

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