Portrait of cookbook author and food photographer Jackie Alpers in Tucson, Arizona


Jackie Alpers is an award-winning professional food photographer who cooks, styles and photographs food in her natural-light studio and documents food & travel on location.

She is the author of two cookbooks; Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona and  Sprinkles!:Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts.

Her most recent cookbook, Taste of Tucson, is an official selection of UNESCO’s Tucson City of Gastronomy, and a RUSA and Eating the West Award winner. The book was inspired by her popular food photography and recipe blog, Jackie’s Happy Plate, which showcases her culinary adventures as a midwesterner transplanted to the Sonoran Desert.

She is especially interested in experimenting with regional culinary influences while exploring food history and culture, and the emotional, psychological and spiritual relationship that people have with food and drink. Food lends itself to vast symbolism and interpretation and she loves the rituals surrounding it.

From 2013-2020, Alpers wrote and and photographed a monthly column and additional articles for the FoodNetwork.com and contributed recipes as well as photography to Refinery29. She has also contributed to Random House’s Tastebook, TheKitchn, Today.com, Real Simple, National Geographic and Edible Baja Arizona Magazine among others. She has been featured on  Reader’s Digest, CNN, Good Morning America, The New York Times,  NPRCosmopolitanEsquireGlamourBetter Homes and GardensMSNBrit + Co. and Buzzfeed Food.

She is an experienced educator who speaks on industry related topics at workshops and universities. She has been a professional photo editor for over 25 years, starting her career as the managing photo editor at Swanstock, the premier fine art photography division of Getty Images. She is a previous judge for the IACP Culinary photography awards.

She is represented by Renaissance Literary & Talent: Literary Agency.

To contact Jackie Alpers for commercial assignment bookings, please email:

Jackie@jackiealpers.com or call 520-465-5214.

Learn more about Jackie Alpers! Visit her News & Press Blog.

Media Inquiries

Available services include a variety of content made for brands to use on their own channels and shared across social platforms. Jackie’s most common deliverables include the following:

  • Food photography
  • Recipe development
  • Short form videos in partnership with Sundance award winning filmmaker Jason Willis
  • Food writing and editing for editorial and advertising assignments
  • Still photography workshops and lessons
  • Brand partnerships

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