Recommended Reading

Foreign Japanese Sweets

by Kate on March 12, 2015


There’s no end to the satisfaction I get from seeing things neatly organized, and I’m hardly alone (which is probably why the famous tumblr devoted to this very thing is still going strong after five years). Presenting objects in a clean, graphic layout abstracts them, bringing their color and shape and texture into focus in a wholly surprising and delightful way. Foreign Japanese Sweets, a cookbook created by designer Moé Takamura that provides classic Japanese dessert recipes using ingredients found in Western countries, illustrates yet another reason why this form of styling is so wonderful: It’s remarkably helpful!

His bird’s-eye view of the mixing bowl, measuring cup, or sauce pot at each step is both visually enticing and highly informative. As a result, Japanese Foreign Sweets transcends your standard cookbook: It is artwork, recipes, and even a language lesson all bound into one. And that cover? Scrumptious in every way. You can pick up a copy here.



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The Local Palate

by Anh-Minh on January 8, 2015

thelocalpalate_openerWhen we announced our closure last week, we received so many sweet emails. (Thank you—we really appreciate that people took the time to reach out.) Among the emails was one from a reader who asked about other magazines that we especially enjoy. Coincidentally, while I was in South Carolina for Christmas, a friend of my mother-in-law’s recommended The Local Palate to me. (We had been talking about another regional magazine, Garden & Gun, that I’ve been a fan of for years.)

The Local Palate‘s tagline is: Food Culture of the South. There are interesting feature articles, recipes, entertaining stories, travel dispatches, profiles of chefs and restaurateurs. Some of the content is available online, and subscriptions to the print and/or digital editions are offered worldwide. You can probably guess which version I’ll be signing up for!

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{ Food images via The Local Palate }


How to Hang a Picture

by Anh-Minh on November 20, 2013

When Jay Sacher and Suzanne LaGasa asked if I’d write the foreword for their new book, How to Hang a Picture (And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home), I was so flattered. Then a bit of fear set in—I had never written a foreword before and wasn’t really sure what approach to take. But after reading the pages that Jay and Suzanne shared with me, it turned out to be a pretty easy task. That’s because this is a book that I actually needed in my life.

Hanging, framing, and displaying art is something I often struggle with—and I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s the reason why so many art pieces sat unframed or tucked away in cabinets in my house for years. Thankfully, this guide is full of helpful information, as well as lovely illustrations of interiors. And I admit: I’m a sucker for illustrated decorating books!

You can view more pages from How to Hang a Picture on the website that Jay and Suzanne started. The book came out just last week, and I’m already planning to pick up a couple of extra copies to give as holiday gifts this year.


I’ve got a new book on my nightstand that’s keeping me reading into the night, Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs.

Today the barrier to turning an idea into a viable product or company is lower than ever with tools like crowd-sourced funding and social media. And the skill sets of many designers are perfectly suited to leverage them. Kern and Burn contains 30 interviews with design entrepreneurs who had an idea that they thought could be great and took the risks to make them happen, resulting in some of today’s most interesting products and companies. Each candid conversation addresses a core tenet for success, like Make Something You Love, Learn by Doing, and Make Your Idea Real. It’s fascinating and motivating to hear about the experiences (both the triumphs and the failures) that have led to products I personally use and admire, like TeuxDeux and Warby Parker.

In addition to its interesting interviews, Kern and Burn is a beautiful print publication you can curl up with, something we clearly love! I was lucky to snag an advance copy, but the book just started shipping yesterday.

{Images via Kern and Burn}

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Meg and I are big fans of NYC-based photographer Michael Mundy and his site, An Afternoon With. AAW focuses on Michael’s “simple, tranquil and sophisticated images of interiors [that] are revealing and resonate with the character of their inhabitants.” (We were fortunate enough to collaborate with Michael for a story in Issue No. 2 of Anthology.) 

Michael has released two limited-edition publications that feature some of the folks he’s photographed for the site. The second issue’s launch last week coincided with the three-year anniversary of AAW. You can purchase both in his shop, along with a small selection of his prints. We’re crossing our fingers that Michael will offer more editions of AAW in the future!

AAW – Issue 1

AAW – Issue 2

{ All images courtesy of An Afternoon With }