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Cookbook launch & exciting news

Summers Under the Tamarind Tree - saffron bread puddingpintopinterestIt’s publication day and the nutty nose of ghee was alive in my kitchen at 7am. In between frying bread in clarified butter for that morning’s indulgent breakfast – saffron bread pudding – I danced along to the sizzle of ghee with the cookbook containing that recipe among a hundred others along with over 75 food photographs taken by me. Sumayya Usmani‘s first recipe book & memoir, Summers Under the Tamarind Tree, on Pakistan’s cuisine was finally released for sale worldwide on April 7th 2016.

Cookbook photoshoot props photopintopinterest

Props selection for shoot 8 of 9

What some people might not tell you when one of their wildest dreams has just been realized is that it never fully sinks in. Partly it’s because there is the worry that you’ll wake up from the splendid dream and mostly it’s for fear you’ll scare away the luck that got you there in the first place. But on publication day I ate up that last morsel of self-ingrained modesty baked within the bread pudding and allowed myself to celebrate; that morning with dessert as breakfast and later in the evening with bubbly surrounded by the most supportive of friends & the Brit. I feel I haven’t said it enough but thank you so much for being supportive and following along on my adventures. I continue to be humbled by the messages and words of support I’ve received over the last year.

Summers Under the Tamarind Tree cookbook

Here I wanted to share some of the images & outtakes from the book. Get a copy of Summers Under the Tamarind Tree for not just wonderful recipes – I would know, I was the lucky one eating everything Sumayya made for our shoots – but to get a better understanding of a cuisine and culture that is often misunderstood. If you have a copy of the cookbook I highly recommend trying the saffron bread pudding, the inclusion of rose petals and pistachios really adds to the dish.Rose garam masala mutton chops from Pakistan cookbook Summers Under the Tamarind Tree photopintopinterest

Chana Daal & Hunza apricots with custard & cream from Pakistan cookbook Summers Under the Tamarind Tree | photo by Joanna YeepintopinterestSaffron and cardamom-enriched bread from Pakistan cookbook Summers Under the Tamarind Tree | photo by Joanna YeepintopinterestLentil burgers & spices from Pakistan cookbook Summers Under the Tamarind Tree | photos by Joanna YeepintopinterestCelebration meal from Pakistan cookbook Summers Under the Tamarind Tree | photos by Joanna YeepintopinterestLastly, I am SO EXCITED to announce I’ll be photographing & styling Sumayya’s 2nd book to be published by Frances Lincoln and due out in 2017. We have some work cut out for us but it’s the kind of challenge we relish.

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  • Congratulations! I’m so excited for you, and happy that there will be another book to come! Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Julie, I can’t wait to get started!ReplyCancel

  • Massive congrats Jo! I’m so, so, so happy for you and I had not doubt this day will come. You worked so hard for it, it’s now time to enjoy it. I wish I was there to buy you a drink, but I’m not.. So go out and get one on me when you can! xxxReplyCancel

  • Huge congratulations Jo – on both counts! I love the images in the first book. You and Sumayya make a great team 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That means a lot coming from you Jeanne, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • The book is beautiful, and I’m so proud of you for your first (of many) releases. What a journey lies ahead, you deserve every minute of it! Your work is beautiful xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a rewarding experience 🙂 Thanks for being a great hand model!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! That’s wonderful news!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks for your support Angie! xReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! Those pictures make me want to eat… that’s the best compliment I can think of! 😉

    • candidsbyjo

      That really is the best compliment I can have, thank you! xReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Congratulations on an amazing job well done! You are so talented! You are deserving of all great things that come your way.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You’re one of my best supporters, thanks so much Liz!!ReplyCancel

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