Just like the many other tips, tricks, and guidelines for clean cooking and eating that Pamela has given me over the years, her advice regarding soaking grains definitely made an impact. I asked her to share her thoughts on the importance of this process as well as how to easily do it for yourself.
A holiday gift from Richard, this amazing book exploring the work of award-winning architecture firm Backen, Gillam, & Kroeger has quickly become one of my favorites. At the center of a movement towards rustic elegance, and with a focus on simplicity and natural materials, their spaces leave me equal parts awestruck and inspired.
Such a great cookbook anytime of year, Plenty, from famed London chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi, includes 120 of some of the most delicious, innovative vegetarian recipes I have ever come across. My favorite: his Burnt Eggplant & Tahini, which also happens to be featured on the front cover
Like many others, I am a total Remodelista loyalist. So when I got my hands on the newly released 400-page companion to its website for the home design-obsessed, I was in heaven. In essence, the manual for creating classic, uncluttered spaces that never go out of style, it includes in-depth tours and takeaways from a dozen incredible homes, tons of great DIY projects, and design inspiration from big picture to the smallest of details. I could honestly spend days with this beautiful book – it’s that good.
I received this beautiful book containing inspiration and instruction in crafting exquisite flowers out of paper as a gift – and was immediately drawn in. Authored by husband and wife photography and design duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, it includes their time-tested techniques for creating single blooms, bouquets, party decorations, and even centerpieces out of tissue and crepe paper. I can’t wait to try making some of my own!
I bought this wonderful cookbook years ago at Rolling Greens, and since then, it has established itself as one that I will always go back to. Authored by chef and restaurateur Marc Miller, it is filled with recipes that basically take tacos to another level, and includes recipes for salsas and accompaniments, as well as instructions on how to make the perfect soft or crispy tortillas. One of our family’s faves: the Pepitas Tacos with either veggies or chicken.
As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Adam Silverman and his beautiful pottery. Needless, to say, when his new book came out last month, I immediately picked up a copy. The gorgeous book not only captures the artist and his creations in incredible detail, but also (as he had intended) stands on its own as an object as rich as one of his pots.
Founded on the idea that getting a manicure and pedicure should be “downright lovely,” brand-new Beverly Hills nail salon Olive & June has already amassed a long list of devotees by dwelling on the details. Their menu includes everything from completely organic to pregnancy-safe services, your preferences – from coffee to color to cuticles – are kept on file, and complementary iPads are only an arm’s length away.
My friend Annie Campbell turned me onto this beautiful cookbook, and I just bought it for myself. Featuring regionally inspired recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef Cory Shreiber, it is accompanied by stunning landscape photography and touching personal narrative. One of Annie’s favorites: the Herbed Salmon Baked on Rock Salt with Onion-Caper Vinaigrette. I can’t wait to discover my own.
I touched on some of the amazing benefits of coconut and its products in my recent In the Veggie Kitchen: Labor Day post, but wanted to expand on all of its pluses, both internally and externally, as well as share some of my favorite products, from body balms to baking.
I try to use as many natural products as possible in all areas of my life, and medicines are no exception. Over the years, I have become aware of a number of great homeopathic alternatives to standard medications – I stock up on Boiron products for anything from the flu, to bloating, to the common cold, and for the little ones, I always have this kit from Hylands on hand.
For Christmas last year, Richard gave me Kate: The Kate Moss Book, and it was, without a doubt, one of my favorite gifts. An instant classic, this visual retrospective of her twenty-plus years of modeling makes a gorgeous addition to any coffee table.
One of my all-time faves, The Mozza Cookbook features comforting classics from LA’s cult-worthy Italian restaurant and Pizzeria. I am especially obsessed with some of the recipes for side dishes – the long-cooked broccoli and roasted beets have become staples in our house.
Several years ago, I was lucky enough to have dinner at the incredible Hotel Il Pellicano in the Tuscan Maremma region of Italy. It was one of the most beautiful hotels I had ever seen and was situated on the insanely gorgeous Italian Coast – I fell completely in love.
Heidi Swanson’s beautiful blog, 101 Cookbooks, has long been one of my favorites, and her most recent cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, holds the same distinction. Heidi’s recipes focus primarily on natural, whole foods and ingredients while remaining uncomplicated and absolutely delicious – a combo I cannot resist!