CASE STUDY: Cooking with Nonna

Client: Rossella Rago

Creative direction: This shoot for the cookbook “Cooking with Nonna” was an absolute delight, because I had the opportunity to work closely with author Rossella Rago and her grandmother. Rossella built her culinary brand via YouTube, where she shares videos of her cooking with Italian grandmothers (nonnas). Her recipes are classic Italian dishes that involve multiple steps (like making homemade pasta and preparing long-cooking sauces), so the shoot took place over six days in a private kitchen. Working with the art director, we created a homey, comfortable look using props that might have come from a nonna’s kitchen. Rossella and her family were very hands-on in preparing the dishes, which gave the shoot an authentic family atmosphere. I was thrilled that the publisher chose my portrait of Rossella and her nonna for the book’s cover.

Crew: food stylist, assistant food stylist, author’s family, art director/publisher, editorial director