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Kimberley Hasselbrink

Hi! I’m Kimberley. I’m a freelance photographer based in San Francisco and Portland, OR. If you would like to discuss photography projects, I’d be thrilled to hear from you! Please email me at

There are many things I love in life: hiking tall, forested mountains, getting lost in the woods, long drives on empty roads with old country music, dramatic weather, chasing light, foggy days, huge messy meals with a bunch of my favorite people, and telling stories around food. I started a creative food site in 2007, called 52 Dinners, as a way to give voice to some of those favorite things. Over time that morphed into a more familiar recipe journal, The Year in Food.

The idea behind this site is to use food as a lens to chart the course of the year through creative cooking and eating with an emphasis on seasonal fruits and vegetables. And while it is about what’s in season, it’s also about the moments and the meals that mark those seasons. So it’s also about the people that bring us that food. And it’s about photography. And a little bit of travel. And the things that inspire me.

I released my first cookbook, Vibrant Food. Vibrant Food was inspired by a series that I started here, called Color Studies, which focused on the many mesmerizing colors of produce. The book is about being inspired by color, and using color and creativity to create gorgeous, dynamic dishes. Vibrant Food has received praise from Food and Wine, San Francisco Chronicle, Saveur, The Chicago Tribune, and more.

Note: I am involved with the Amazon affiliate program, and may occasionally make a small commission from some links.

  • Pang - I got the book yesterday, and I was immediately in love with your recipes and your gorgeous photographs. I can’t decide which recipe to start; I want to make all of them!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - My husband pre-ordered the cookbook for me as an anniversary gift- that’s how much I love your recipes. The photography is stunning, and somehow the food manages to be even better than it looks! In fact, I’ve had so much fun cooking since I got your book a few months ago, that I’ve decided to try my hand at some original recipes and food blogging too. Thanks for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - Hi Kimberley!
    I came across your blog from – I love how intrigued you are with the incredible beauty of produce – each time I go to Union Square green market here in NYC I can’t believe my eyes – pure beauty! Can’t wait to look at more of your pictures – keep up your amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - Hey my name is Molly and I am a cook at Chez Panisse looking to extend my work into a more personal and creative realm. I am in the throws of starting my own site and have never made a website before. I love the look of your site and it seems easy to use. I was just wondering what platform you used to build your site. I have been looking at squarespace and wordpress. Don’t want to spend a ton of money (since I don’t have a ton!) and its a new project. But I also want it to look good and be easy to develop for someone who has very little web experience.
    If you have any tips I would love to hear them! ThanksReplyCancel

  • sharon - love this!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Oates - Hi Kimberley –

    First off, what a gorgeous, inspiring site and what fabulous information. Love it.

    And I have a suggestion…I find the light color of your type hard to read. I don’t think it’s because I’m a 50-something either, I think that it needs to go to a more saturated color shade. I love the grey, rich and different. I’ve seen sites use dark grey – rather that a lighter shade like this one – and it’s easy to read. Almost a dark grey that edges on black but is still distinctively grey!

    Hope you’ll consider doing this – because I love your site but it’s tough on my eyes to read such a light type!


  • Megan Phelan - Hello, Kimberley!

    My name’s Megan Phelan, I am a marketer for PRiMO Specialty Foods, and we would love to be considered for use in your blog. I can tell you a lot more about us, but I was really hoping to send an attachment with an email message. However I couldn’t find a way to give you an attachment through the Contact Form. Is there any email address where this information can be sent for your further review?

    Thank you so kindly!

  • Kristie - Hi Kimberley,

    Thank you for reading my email.
    My name is Kristie Liu and I am a marketing graduate student in New York University. My team and I are currently working on a project for my CapStone class, which is to create an Mobile App that is related to Healthy/Lite recipes and food. The App that we are considering to develop will be called LiteChef, and the idea is to create a social environment in encouraging users to explore cooking in lite and healthy ways without compromising the taste. With the enormous diet-related market in U.S. and the unique selling point of making food healthy while maintaining its taste, we have faith in our app and really want to create it for everyone to utilize. As a big fan of your blog, your choice of methods and healthy ingredients to make your dishes really impressd me and fits the idea of our app . We want to see if you are interested in joining us by share your stories and recipes on this app once the app is finished. You are such an inspirational and influential person and I hope to share our passion for healthy food together with the world!

    Again, thank you for taking time in reading this email. I really hope that I can have a few minutes of your time to discuss further about LiteChef.

    Yours sincerely,


  • Adonis Canlom - Hello,

    I’d like to inquire if it’s possible to purchase advertising space on
    If there is any space available please let me know and we could discuss further details.
    Looking forward to your positive reply.



  • Olivia - Hi Kimberley,

    I wanted to reach out and see if you might be interested in trying some environmentally friendly product that is great for both the traveler and food enthusiast. I’d love to share further details with you, so please let me know if this is something that interests you.

    Warm regards,

  • Tatiana - Dear Kimberley,

    my name is Tatiana, I´m editor of new coming online food magazine in Slovakia. I would like to cooparate with your great food blog – translate your recipes and use them in our magazine. Of course, we will always pin up original link of your blog and your photo or logo, so you can get thousands of fans from Slovakia. Are you interested?

    Thank you,


  • Jayne Averitt - Hi,

    The link to subscribe doesn’t work! Would love to receive emails with recipe ideas or explore any other resources you’d recommend.


  • Edith Rae Brown - Pls add me to your blog listReplyCancel

  • Jay - I wanted to sign up for your wonderful blog, but “Miami” told me your list is closed, and to inform you,,,,,this is what I’m doing.
    If possible…..please sign me up.
    Thank you…jaykastel@yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • Pamela Hearron - I love your book Vibrant Food. Came at the most perfect time in my life. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Cecile hasselbrink - Finally had a chance to catch up with you last night and enjoy your wonderful “different” tacos. How talented and beautiful you are, my niece.ReplyCancel

  • Cecile Hasselbrink - Just had a lovely Christmas (vegetarian with my son ( your cousin, Charlie) and his wondeful wife, Alexandra) who made a great vegetarian pumpkin lasagna). Of course you were discussed and missed. I am told you live in Berkeley now so I would love to connect again soon. I promised you a gift the last time we met and would love to fulfill that promise, so let me know haw and when to connect. Saw your Dad and Signe while we were in Huntington Beach to celebrate my 80 th birthday….getting up there an “ time’s a’ wast in’ “ so let’s connect.ReplyCancel

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