Books about local food, gardening, James Beard, voting and British decor just to share a glimpse. A classic tote, Tan France’s new collaboration, Inslee’s new collaboration, a cooking course to eat well and savor every bite throughout the seasons and much, much more.
—The Curious Gardener by Anna Pavord
Written ten years ago, I began reading Anna Pavord’s year of seasonal columns (72 entries to be exact) on gardening this past September and am thoroughly enjoying myself. Sharing tips and expertise on an vast array of gardening quandaries and interests, readers and gardeners will discover “what to do in each month and how to get the best from flowers, plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables, reflections on the weather, soil, the English landscape and favourite old gardening clothes, to office greenery, spring in New York, waterfalls, and garden design.” Wonderful evening reading, especially as autumn is upon us.
—The Escape Manual for Introverts, illustrated by Katie Vaz
For my fellow introverts, this one is for you and anyone you know in your life who identifies as being an introvert – playful and sincere – lovingly illustrated, Katie Vaz’s book was released last year sharing “a range of situations, from an invitation to karaoke night to group lunchtime . . . [Vaz] offers a number of escapes for each scenario: bringing odoriferous foods to lunch for a while, having a pet (real or imagined) that ‘requires’ frequent check-ins, and even investing in a jet pack.” Have a look at one such illustration below, one I can absolutely relate to, and I have a feeling many of TSLL readers can as well. 😉
This past summer I listened to an interview with Jacob Goldstein on Fresh Air, and found the focus of his new book piqued my curiosity. The co-host of the popular NPR podcast Planet Money, Goldstein “shows how money is a useful fiction that has shaped societies for thousands of years, from the rise of coins in ancient Greece to the first stock market in Amsterdam to the emergence of shadow banking in the 21st century.” Those who love history and anyone who enjoys a good conversation starter will be interested in the true story of a made up thing as at the heart of many of the individuals he profiles in the book was a realization that “what counts as money (and what doesn’t) is the result of choices we make, and those choices have a profound effect on who gets more stuff and who gets less, who gets to take risks when times are good, and who gets screwed when things go bad.” Hmmmm.
The Presidential election here in the states is fewer than three weeks away (Tuesday November 3rd), and a great way to be reminded of the power of your voice exemplified through your vote is to read Erin Geiger Smith’s book Thank You For Voting. The title says it all.
—British Designers At Home by Jenny Rose-Innes
I stumbled upon Australian interior designer Jenny Rose-Innes new book serendipitously last week, and am tickled I did so as I welcomed it into my home (see my IG pic two pictures below) and found lovely inspiration both from the interior photograghs she shares as well as the conversations each British designer shares in their profile piece.
Released this week, take a look inside the homes of Alidad; Edward Bulmer; Emma Burns; Nina Campbell; Jane Churchill; Octavia Dickinson; Mike Fisher; Veere Grenney; Beata Heuman; Gavin Houghton; Roger Jones; Kit Kemp; Robert Kime; Rita Konig; Penny Morrison; Paolo Moschino; Wendy Nicholls; Guy Oliver; Colin Orchard; Carlos Sânchez-García; Daniel Slowik; Justin van Breda; Sarah Vanrenen and Philip Vergeylen and be inspired to create your own cozy British aesthetic – I certainly have been. 🙂
—Local Dirt: Seasonal Recipes for Eating Close to Home by Andrea Bemis
Andrea Bemis’ first cookbook Dishing Up the Dirt successfully raced up the bestselling charts when it was released in 2017, and now she has a new cookbook being released this week – Local Dirt. A farm-to-table cookbook, located in the Pacific Northwest, Andrea and her husband run an organic vegetable farm and the produce they grow—”from kale and kohlrabi to beets and butternut squash—is at the heart of the meals they serve and eat at their dinner table. They supplement their harvest with food produced by their neighbors, including the ranchers who supply their meat, and the orchardists who provide their fruit.”
Discover “80 recipes that re-creating a not-so-distant world when the ingredients cooked and eaten were produced within local communities. Organized by season, the delicious and creative dishes in this truly sustainable cookbook includes Fennel Gratin, Kohlrabi Yogurt Salad with Smoked Salmon, Winter Squash Toast with Honey & Hazelnuts, and Zucchini Swiss Chard & Chickpea Stew. Best of all, the recipes can be adapted to utilize any local fare.” The strawberries and thyme shortcake dessert below certainly whet my appetite.
—The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard by John Birdsall
The American chef who’s part of the nickname JJ paired with Julia Child (they were long-time friends and he would frequently visit Julia and Paul in Provence) was a complex individual, but certainaly a towering figure literally and figuratively that heavily influenced the American culinary world. After all, the Oscars of the cooking world here in the states is named in his honor – the James Beard awards.
Another Pacific Northwesterner in our This & That today, Beard was born in Portland, Oregon, and as The New Yorker shared in a review of the book this week, “his real genius wasn’t in his recipes but in his packaging.” A new biography of Beard was released on October 6th and reviews are strong as The New Yorker described – it is honest, real and worth reading.
—Entertaining Beautifully by Erin Lauder
When Erin Lauder’s new entertaining book arrived at my home back in early September, I immediately poured myself a pot of tea and slipped out to my sunshine garden to enjoy in the afternoon sunshine. Lauder takes readers through a variety of entertaining scenarios and opens her homes and how she decorates for such occasions as well as offering advice for the host/hostess as they prepare.
The photography exquisitely captures luxury, but no matter what your budget, inspiration is easily found.
Tan France of Queer Eye fame has hand-selected small businesses on Etsy and products he recommends in his latest collaboration with Etsy. From candles to trays, leather goods and more, I have picked a few items below, but be sure to check the entire collection out for yourself.
—Rabbit Hill French Lifestyle Pop-Up Shop, Saturday October 17th
Set your clocks and begin shopping Cat’s Rabbit Hill Lifestyle Pop-Up Shop tomorrow! Find copper and kitchen goods as well as some clothing items. I always peruse to see what copper I might want to welcome home, and the silverware and vases and and and. 🙂 So good and worth checking out.
—Amelia Freer’s The Joy of Healthy Eating Class, Create Academy
As many of you know, I took Create Academy’s first offered course, Rita Konig’s Design class. I LOVED it and highly recommend making the investment. Their latest course will launch later this month, and if you sign up now, you can purchase at a reduced price. Cookbook author and nutritionist Amelia Freer will be sharing how to cook well in your everydays with her new course complete with 30+ videos and lecture notes to save and print. Have a look at the video below to discover what the course is all about. And learn more about her cookbooks here.
When I saw DVF’s leopard wrap dress, I had to discipline myself to wait, as I love it. Leopard works every single fall and winter season. Period. And midi is a wonderful length for a variety of occasions. Saving, saving, saving.
—Inslee’s Holiday Items at Anthropologie
Did you know that Inslee (the talented artist behind all of TSLL’s art) recently partnered up with Anthropologie to sell holiday goods with her exclusive illustrations?
Evidentially, they were all available last weekend, just after I posted the This & That, so I am a little late, BUT I hope they restock as I purchased the dishtowel she illustrated with the Twelve Days of Christmas for only $22, and it is ADORABLE (I’ll try to share a picture on my IG feed later this weekend). Norman even appears as one of the dancing ladies – okay, a Cavalier King Charles appears along with other dogs, but I am going to say it’s Norman ;P. Currently what is available is what you see below – the Twelve Days of Christmas Menagerie of candles – it will be available on November 14th, but you can order now.
—Mark & Graham Vegan Leather Tote (more colors)
If you are looking for a non-leather, but-still-looks-leather tote, Mark & Graham’s classic (available in brown as well as black) is currently on sale.
I could not help but include Topshop’s new coat in today’s This & That. It’s name after Oregon after all, still not sure why (if anyone knows, please do share). Quite frankly, upon looking at more of Topshop’s coats, I am smitten (this coat especially caught my eye), and their prices make the coats all the nicer as well. I have shopped more coats below.
The middle of October, and the mornings are indeed chilly, but wow, the days have been brilliant as of yesterday at least. Last weekend the rain fell, and sweet yumminess was felt.
Norman and I have been snuggling into our new favorite spot in the living room as unexpectedly early, a long awaited shipment from Britain arrived last Friday (more about this journey of patience in next month’s A Cuppa Moments). Needless to say, it was perfect timing for the autumn season and the Bend winter that will follow shortly behind.
As well, TSLL readers have been sharing their own Petit Plaisir moments as @saredaum did earlier this week on IG. Upon seeing it, I took a breath of ease.
This week at Le Papillon involved playing in the dirt as my fall delivery of compost arrived, and oh my goodness did I savor the couple of hours I spent shoveling. It truly was a memory I will savor and an event I will look forward to each year (the neighbor kids even came out and helped me for a bit – and played in it as well along with Norman :)). A lovely glass of bordeaux wine was paired with dinner that evening, and a new British decor book as seen in the photo above was thoroughly enjoyed which prompted me to melt in exhaustion and with a smile on my face.
The weekend ahead involves some pampering, some work, some rest which makes for a lovely recipe for two days in my book. I hope you had a nice week and are looking ahead to something you enjoy. Below I have gathered up a handful of articles and three videos. Thank you very much for stopping by, and until tomorrow when a new episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen is shared, bonne journée.
—A fun read about how The Great British Baking Show is offering reading some extra normal and sweet [The New York Times]
—Zero Waste Fashion, the French Way [HiP Paris]
—An in-depth interview, Notes on Decorating, with interior designer Markham Roberts as his new book is released this month. [Quintessence]
Notes on Decorating by Markham Roberts
—Where to Plant Spring Bulbs + a Spring Garden Tour [The Middle-Sized Garden]
~Oh my, oh my, oh my. The official teaser of The Crown (premiering on November 15th). If our nerves weren’t already on edge, the fourth season of Netflix hit series certainly won’t assuage them, but oh, it looks so good.
~Certainly a lighter video, but one to discover a new skincare item to potentially try out (and the music is lovely too – bouncy French Cafe tunes). It’s okay to admit you thoroughly enjoyed Emily in Paris. I did, and I know it was not entirely accurate, but it was a bundle of fun and a much-needed escape. While there were tired clichés, the show also broke clichés, which I appreciated. I am on board with Lily’s use of a rose-hibiscus spritz – such a wonderful way to freshen the skin (and it feels sooooo good! This is the one I use.).
~Central Oregon’s Symphony teamed up with film makers to make an exquisitely moving short film captured in the outdoors of Central Oregon, set to a new composition, and performed by the musicians who make up the volunteer local symphony. The full film debuts during Bend’s Film Festival on October 21st, but below is the trailer and a look sharing the motivation for the making of the film. I had the opportunity to be in the auditorium and view a significant portion of the film when they were finishing up a few shots, and it moved me to tears in the most wonderful way. Truly cinematic mastery.