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

Taste of Tucson, is an official selection of UNESCO's Tucson City of Gastronomy, and a RUSA and Eating the West Award winner. The book was inspired by her popular food photography and recipe blog, Jackie’s Happy Plate, which 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.

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.

Other Works

  • Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona

  • Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts

  • The World's A Mom


Awards and Recognition

  • RUSA Eating the West Award
  • Taste Award Winner: Gold Medal
  • American Photography 37, 38, 39
  • Muse Photography Award: Gold 2022