About Me

A Taste of Koko


My name is Jane and I love to eat and cook, but mostly just eat. As much as I love to eat, read cookbooks, go food shopping, experiment with new recipes, and host dinners for dear friends and family – I am not a professional chef.

A Taste of Koko was launched in early 2010 and is my way of combining my passions for food and photography, as well as the city I currently live in, Austin TX, my occasional travel experiences, and all things delicious.

A few things…

  • Grew up in South Texas by the coast and now living in Austin, TX.
  • I am a firm believer in good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.
  • Unless otherwise noted, I shoot and style all of the photographs on this blog. My photography portfolio is JaneKoPhotography.com
  • I believe in doing things with passion or not at all and making moments count.
  • Life has many ways of testing a person’s well, either by having nothing happen at all or having everything happen all at once. – Paulo Coelho
  • Nothing is more erotic than a good conversation.
  • Love coffee. Piping hot coffee blanketed with a thick milky foam. Latte art is a plus
  • La vie est faite de petits bonheurs
  • Obsessed with Real Simple Magazine and all food magazines.
  • Favorite tool in the kitchen – wine bottle. You can roll out cookies and drink from it.
  • Thrive on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

My restaurant reviews, recipes, and food photography have been featured in The Huffington Post, NBC’s iVillage, The Austin Statesman, Austin 360, Tribeza, The San Francisco Magazine, Eat St., among others.



Life short, eat naked.

Not literally, of course. What I mean by “naked” is, don’t be afraid to try food in their purest form. Food culture is racing toward fancy, deconstructed, constructed, chemistrified food from 5 star restaurants with with lavishly equipped kitchens. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for 5 star restaurants. But lower your standards and look past those fancy decorations and expensive ingredients, and instead try foods in their original form or from a local eatery. Go ahead and try that food stand that you pass by everyday or if you’re feeling adventurous chase down a food truck, which are becoming exponentially popular by the minute. If you ever have the chance to go aboard to Asia, you will see that the culture lives on food stands. While some of these might not be FDA approved, just follow your nose and keep an eye out for a crowd, which is always a good indication that the food’s good.

jane ko, a taste of koko, food photographer


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  • Ana

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    We love your blog and would love that you participate with some recipe. Looks Amazing!

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    Hey there!

    Love your blog! My name is Wes. I own a little cupcake joint in Austin called hey cupcake. I’m working on developing a few flavors of ice cream (to start out) and was wondering if you’d like to be a taste tester? Any interest?

    Please let me know! Keep rockin’!!!