Jackie Alpers Jackie Alpers cooks, styles and photographs food in her natural-light studio and documents food & travel on location. Her popular food photography and recipe blog, Jackie's Happy Plate, showcases her culinary adventures as a Midwesterner transplanted to the Sonoran Desert. 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. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Alpers writes and photographs articles for the FoodNetwork.com and also contributes recipes and photography to Refinery29, Random House's Tastebook, TheKitchn, TodayFood, Real Simple, National Geographic and Edible Baja Arizona Magazine among others. She has been featured in articles for Reader's Digest, CNN, Good Morning America, The New York Times & NPR. Her food blog, Jackie's Happy Plate has been featured in numerous online publications including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Glamour, Better Homes and Gardens, MSN, Brit + Co. and Buzzfeed Food. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.