Building Your Empire One Book at a Time
"Star Wars" and "cooking" might seem like an unlikely combination, but photographer Frankie Frankeny has shot photos for not only the Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies, but also its sequel Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malts and the Star Wars Party Book. All three books provide kid friendly recipies, feature Star Wars themed recipe names (can you say Qui-Gon Jinn-ger Snaps?), and display photographic recreations of Star Wars scenes using food and Star Wars action figures. Star Wars Cookbook photographer Frankie Frankeny talks about her role in the creation of these three quirky books.
Where did the idea to use Star Wars action figures come from? Were the Hasbro actions figures always part of the plan for the book?
I always liked making little scenes when I was a child. I guess it just carried over to this book.
Can you describe your process behind composing a shot for the Star Wars Cookbooks and the Star Wars Party Book?
Basically we just watched the movies over and over again, taking notes. Looking for anything that could represent food. I am not sure I can actually explain it.
How did photography for the Star Wars books differ from other projects you had done?
Well aside from using action figures with food, not a lot I guess. I wouldn't say I was a big Star Wars fan as a child. I didn't grow up around sand or snow and did a book on sandcastles and snowmen. I've done at least three xmas themed books and I'd say that was my least favorite holiday growing up. I don't really recall reading the Dr. Seuss books as a child, probably one or two. But with these types of books I think it takes someone who can look from the outside in.
How were the cover images for Wookiee Cookies and Darth Malts chosen? Did you know that those recipes would be featured on the cover all along, or were those recipes and images chosen after the photography had been completed?
With books you get to point out your favorites but that is usually up to the sales and marketing teams at the publisher.
Would you consider working on another Star Wars Cookbook?
With the right team, sure.
What's next for you?
I just finished Michael Chiarello's latest book out this fall, The Bottega Cookbook and The Harrah's Seven Star Cookbook which features all of their U.S. restaurants. I'm now working on a marriage equality book and one on cheese.
A big thanks to Frankie Frankeny for taking the time to share her story with SWBookZone.com. For more information about Frankie, visit her website at FrankenyImages.com.
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