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



Jackie Alpers is an award-winning professional food photographer, cookbook author, food writer, recipe developer and chef who makes, styles and photographs food in her natural-light studio and documents food & travel on location. She was named the #1 most famous food photographer to follow in 2024 by Shotkit and Art in Context, and the #7 best food photographer in the world by Great Big Photography World.

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

Jackie Alpers is a noted expert on the Sonoran cuisine of southern Arizona. Taste of Tucson, is an official selection of UNESCO’s Tucson City of Gastronomy, and a RUSA and Eating the West Award winner. The cookbook offers Jackie’s personal and creative spin on Sonoran Tucson’s regional dishes as well as collaborations with, and recipes from 16 of Tucson’s most celebrated chefs.

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.

Alpers started contributing a monthly column, food photography and additional illustrated articles to the Food Network and Refinery29 in 2013. She has also contributed to Random House’s TastebookTheKitchn, Today.comReal SimpleNational Geographic and Edible Baja Arizona Magazine among others. She has been featured on  Reader’s DigestCNNGood Morning AmericaThe 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 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

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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: