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Amazing Recipe Photography

Jill Harness

Food photography, particularly when seen in cookbooks, tends to be so boring. So when Ikea decided to create a cookbook that also served as a coffee table book, they reached out to photographer Carl Kleiner to help make the food images stand out from the other cookbooks of the world. The result, seen in Hembakat är Bäst (or "Homemade is Best" for you English speakers) is beautiful and likely to cause involuntary salivating.

Aside from looking pretty, the book can teach you to prepare a number of favorite Swedish desserts. It's not available on their website, so it may not be out in stores yet. But if you get a chance to buy one, I highly recommend it whether you are interested in the culinary or artistic value of the title.