A sneak peak at “A Pinch Of…” my latest recipe book project

 2 months before I was due to have my baby, in the middle of last year, I was contacted by cook extraordinaire Caron Melamed to join the team she was putting together to style, design and photograph her recipe book.

I was flattered. She had seen my work in Savour, a friend recommended me and she got in touch.
It sounded like a wonderful project to be involved in, the dates fitted in perfectly with my “maternity leave” (is there such a thing when you’re self employed?) as I anticipated starting work again in October, which  at the time felt  m-o-n-t-h-s away, and so without hesitation I committed to the project.

In the blink of an eye my baba was here, I was a mommy, I loved being at home, and the start date of the book project was looming.
Before I knew it the day arrived when I had to entrust my precious bundle to a friend, and “go back to work.” As I packed my car with my once familiar props and styling tools I reflected on how alien they looked to me next to all the baby paraphernalia that now occupied my boot (and heart) space.

Needless to say one afternoon with Caron, in her home, with her fabulous family, lovely producer Charmaine Marcus, photographer Jonathan Andrews, and designer Sivan Portal I felt right at home myself! I breathed a sigh of relief and set my mind to work mode, it was all going to be okay despite my trepidation and feelings of  “being out of it.”  I even managed to take baby along on some of the shoot days as Caron’s home is so relaxed and family-focused.

 It wasn’t long before Food & Home Magazine got to hear about the project and asked if they could do a feature on the soon to be released book.
I styled the decor, flowers, table-setting and lunch Caron hosted with family in celebration as we finished the 4 month long project.

 I feel so privileged to have worked on my third recipe book project. I have loved each one and they have been as unique and individual as the particular authors. But, I think this one will have a very special sentimental place in my heart, Caron has written this book for her family I feel blessed to have spent time with them in their home. With my own little family expanding I hope that I too can one day give my children a legacy of love, food and family.
I will miss my bi-weekly trips to Orchards.

April issue of Food & Home magazine is available at the moment. ( on a super market shelf near you )
Pictures are courtesy of Food & Home Magazine and Vanessa Lewis.
LARGER pictures, recipes and article appear on page 103. Sneak a peak ….






About Taryne Jakobi

Hi, I am Taryne, a Johannesburg ( South Africa) based food stylist, specialising in Food and Decor Styling for magazines, recipe books, and television. A lover of food, flowers and beautiful things, this blog is my window to the world... welcome !

11 thoughts on “A sneak peak at “A Pinch Of…” my latest recipe book project

  1. Good day Taryne,

    I hope this email finds you well.

    First of all, I love your photo’s, they are really beautiful.
    I want to ask your advice on getting in to the food styling and food photography industry.

    I realise that the best way of gaining experience is to assist on shoots.

    Do you ever require someone to assist on your shoots?
    I am very keen on gaining any experience, so if you could provide me with any opportunity to learn I would be very grateful.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards

    Email: hawkinsmich@yahoo.co.uk
    Cell: 071 897 6929

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your email.
      Unfortunately I do not have a position available at the moment for an assistant. Something might be availble from Aug so I will keep your details.
      Where are you based?
      Please email taryne(at) tarynejakobi.co.za
      Thank you

  2. Please confirm where one can get copies of the book. A customer came into Exclusive Bools Nicolway looking for this book – Please advise where we can get copies or advise the customer where they can get a copy.

    Looking forward to your response.


    1. Hi Khumi
      Thanks for your enquiry.
      I have mailed you Caron’s details, the book is available directly from her.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      1. Hi there,

        Could you please send me Caron’s details too as I would love to get hold of a copy of the book too and Exclusive Books in Sandton City cannot seem to locate it.

        Thanks so much,

  3. Hi Taryne,

    i trust that you are well. Please may you send me Caron’s details sp that I can order. I have contacted EBs and they do not have it in stock.

    Kind regards,

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