the sugar cube cookbook!

chelsea fuss

I am so excited to finally share a project I worked on last spring! As you know Portland is known for their food carts. It's not an exaggeration when I say they are infiltrating every neighborhood at this point and I am not complaining!  One of the most acclaimed food carts is The Sugar Cube, operated by Kir Jensen. This cart is devoted to sweets only. From delicious ginger drinks to salty chocolate brownies, The Sugar Cube will have you breaking all your diet rules in seconds. Kir has been writing a cookbook (with Danielle Centoni) for the last couple of years and last spring, my favorite photographer on the block, Lisa Warninger, was hired to photograph it. Lisa asked if I'd come along and provide some set and prop styling.  lisa warninger

We spent three busy days shooting the cookbook and additional days and weeks, prepping of course! Big thanks to the lovely Lauren Willhite for being my right-hand girl! It was one of the most intense shoots I've worked on, but definitely the most rewarding. I claim to love mostly savory food, but Kir's treats changed me. She's a master at mixing the sweet and savory and I love her for that. I probably gained 10 pounds on the shoot! The honey truffle popcorn recipe, pictured above, is my absolute favorite treat from the book, but I can attest that everything is amazing. 

the sugar cube

I'd love to invite you to the book signing on Sunday at The Ace from 3-5 hosted by Powell's. Come pick up a book and meet Kir! If you don't live in Portland, I encourage you to pick up a book, and bring a little Portland food cart love to your own kitchen! You can buy it over at Powell's:  The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Food Cart on the Planet.

Photos by Lisa Warninger for Chronicle Books. Used with permission from Chronicle.  Food styling, baking, and recipes by Kir JensenProp and Set Styling: Chelsea Fuss. Styling assistant: Lauren Willhite. Photography assistant: Lauren Hartmann. Food Styling Assistant: Julia Langston.