My good friend Yvonne, a wonderful photographer, stylist, chef and the author behind the lifestyle blog Yvestown (mostly about Yvonne’s home and her life in Belgium), wrote a beautiful book last year all about food and living in the kitchen. As a foodie and someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I’ve had my eye on the book for a while now so was delighted to see that the book is now available in English. This week I finally got my hands on a copy of the book, ‘Yvestown in the Kitchen‘ and it has left me utterly inspired and in awe of the work that Yvonne poured into this gorgeous book. Here’s a peek inside at some of my favourite bits.
In the book, Yvonne goes inside the homes of her closest friends and family, including her own home, showing us their different styles, pantries, crockery and favourite recipes. It’s a ‘nosy glimpse into someone else’s kitchen’, as Yvonne writes, and is both entertaining and inspiring, and packed with delicious recipes that I am looking forward to trying. The little vegetarian pizzas above will be making their way onto our dinner table this week.
Yvonne captures the spirit of each family she visits, allowing us to linger on every detail that makes each house she enters a home. She shows us families dining together, living in their kitchens and parts of their homes, and truly invites us to share in the simple joy of cooking and eating. Together. Because if there’s anything that Yvonne believes, it’s that a love of food goes further than that merely of cooking, but extends to a love of the kitchen in which the food is prepared and the way in which it is enjoyed.
I know from the many times I have visited Yvonne at her home on the Belgian border that her love for food and preparing it runs deep. She is a natural in the kitchen and her food tastes like love. Literally. Last time I visited her, to shoot this feature and this one, she made the most amazing scones that I still think about from time to time. I gave them a go but they didn’t taste quite like hers did that day. Sob.
As a photographer of interiors, I love nothing more than to step into people’s homes and capture all the details that make it authentic to the people living in them. Each family is unique and capturing their energy and the soul of their homes is true art form. In her book, Yvonne has mastered that art and I just loved peeking into the kitchens she has featured, not to mention all the tempting recipes to go with them. Beautiful job, Yvonne!
Yvestown in the Kitchen is available through Yvestown’s own book shop or through Amazon. Those who read Dutch will also find two more books Yvonne has authored inspiring called the Weekend DIY Boek (a book full of inspiring do-it-yourself projects) and Weekend Ontbijtboek (a breakfast book).
All Photography by Yvonne Eijkenduijn | The homes featured in this post belong to: Karine of Bodie and Fou | Joscha of Muswerk | Ingrid of Wood and Wool Stool | Annemarieke and Gerard of Snor Publishing | Marianne of Vintage Room