Alison Attenborough is one of the world’s great food stylists. If you like the way the food looks in F&W, that’s often because Alison has prepared it for the camera. She can take a brownish mound of ground beef and make it look so juicy and delicious that you want to stab the page with a fork.
Recently, she and her husband, chef Jamie Kimm, threw a party to celebrate two much-anticipated book debuts. The first: F&W’s Cocktails 2009, for which Alison made all the drinks look tempting and distinctive. The second: the duo’s first cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, which is full of ideas for dressing up ordinary foods. For example, they suggest playing with scale—baking and serving shepherd’s pie in miniature gratin dishes, say.