Issue No. 4
Exploring the private, inspiring worlds of leading artists and creators living in close proximity to nature, Upstate Diary features insightful interviews paired with beautiful photography of rarely seen living spaces, studios and landscapes.
Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans
By Amber Creswell Bell
There is something deeply pleasing about the form and feel of handmade objects. Never has this been more evident than in the recent renaissance of pottery and ceramics. In our increasingly digital and intangible culture, there is a desire for unique pieces and a respect for the imperfections associated with the marks of the maker. Clay is the medium that so aptly communicates this authenticity.
From the functional to the decorative and sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the craft, Clay, written by Amber Creswell Bell, offers a glimpse into the lives and practices of over 50 studio potters from around the world. This is a celebration of the new pottery artisans; a snapshot of a moment of resurgence; and a behind-the-scenes look at the unique and eclectic offerings from independent studios from around the world.
Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly
By Colu Henry
As much a mindset as it is a cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta shows how a well-stocked kitchen and a few seasonal ingredients can be the driving force behind delicious, simply prepared meals. Pantry staples—a handful of items to help you up your dinner game—give you a head start come 6pm, so you can start cooking in your head on the way home from work. For instance, if you know that you have a tin of anchovies, a hunk of parmesan, and panko bread crumbs, you can pick up fresh kale to make Tuscan Kale “Caesar” Pasta. Or if you have capers, red pepper flakes, and a lemon, you can make Linguine with Quick Chili Oil. With genius flavor combinations, a gorgeous photograph for every recipe, and a smart guide to easy-drinking cocktails and wine, Back Pocket Pasta will inspire you to cook better meals faster.
Foraged Flora : A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers
By Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale / Photographed by Laurie Frankel
A gorgeously photographed new take on flower arranging using local and foraged plants and flowers to create beautiful arrangements, with ideas and inspiration for the whole year.
Roadside fennel, flowering fruit trees, garden roses, tiny violets; ingredients both common and unusual, humble and showy, Foraged Flora is a new vision for flowers and arranging. It encourages you to train your eye to the beauty that surrounds you, attune your senses to the seasonality and locality of flowers and plants, and to embrace the beauty in each stage of life, from first bud to withering seedpod.
Organized by month, each chapter in this visually arresting and inspiring book focuses on large and small arrangements created from the flowers and plants available during that time period and in that place, all foraged or gleaned nearby. The authors reflect on surprising and beautiful pairings, the importance of scale, the scarcity or abundance of raw materials, and the environmental factors that contribute to that availability.
Whether picking a small tendril of fragrant jasmine, collecting oversized branches of flowering quince, or making a garland of bay laurel, Foraged Flora is an invitation to seek out the beauty of the natural world.
'A Year at Chez Panisse' By Amanda Marsalis
100% of proceeds from the sale of the book support The Edible Schoolyard Project.
This is not a cookbook. It’s a book about everything that comes before the cookbook. The chefs, the food, the craft. The regulars and the people who travel from far, far away for one meal. The stories, the attention to detail, the mission. It’s a love letter to the restaurant that changed the way we think about food.
Photographer Amanda Marsalis saw something magical at Chez Panisse. Yes, it was the food, but it was also everything that went into the food. Chez Panisse has a commitment to what they do and how they do it. They value their craft, their place, and their people with such authentic fervor, that anyone who walks through their doors feels an automatic sense of community and belonging. There’s a kind of pull that happens when you drop into their world: it’s hard to leave, and you get the sense that you’ll never, ever find another place that treats you so well.
Marsalis’s “Chez Panisse” is a tribute in stunning full-bleed photography to this special place. The simple and painstakingly-delicate act of shelling English peas. Seasons that bear new produce, new colors, new light. Women and men who cut flowers, layer Meyer lemons, fold the edge of a rhubarb tart, share a pre-service family dinner. These pages capture a simple truth: it takes a community to feed people good food.
This respect for community began with the legendary chef, author, and Chez Panisse proprietor, Alice Waters, who has made it her life’s mission to build and share an edible education curriculum for all Pre-K through 12 schools. Her Edible Schoolyard Project was founded on the same farm-to-table movement that birthed Chez Panisse.
Shakespeare and Company, Paris - A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart. A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversary
Published by Shakespeare and Company Paris / Edited with introduction by Krista Halverson / Foreword by Jeanette Winterson / Epilogue by Sylvia Whitman.
This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop--Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others--with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston Hughes, plus a foreword by the celebrated British novelist Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the daughter of the store’s founder, George Whitman. The book has been edited by Krista Halverson, director of the newly founded Shakespeare and Company publishing house.
George Whitman opened his bookstore in a tumbledown 16th-century building just across the Seine from Notre-Dame in 1951, a decade after the original Shakespeare and Company had closed. Run by Sylvia Beach, it had been the meeting place for the Lost Generation and the first publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses. (This book includes an illustrated adaptation of Beach’s memoir.) Since Whitman picked up the mantle, Shakespeare and Company has served as a home-away-from-home for many celebrated writers, from Jorge Luis Borges to Ray Bradbury, A.M. Homes to Dave Eggers, as well as for young authors and poets. Visitors are invited not only to read the books in the library and to share a pot of tea, but sometimes also to live in the bookstore itself--all for free.
More than 30,000 people have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, fulfilling Whitman’s vision of a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore.” Through the prism of the shop’s history, the book traces the lives of literary expats in Paris from 1951 to the present, touching on the Beat Generation, civil rights, May ’68 and the feminist movement--all while pondering that perennial literary question, “What is it about writers and Paris?”
Dogs have lessons for us all. In Beloved Dog, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman illuminates our cherished companions as only she can. From the dogs lovingly illustrated in her acclaimed children’s books to the real-life pets who inspire her still, Kalman’s Beloved Dog is joyful, beautifully illustrated, and, as always, deeply philosophical.
With humor and intelligence, Kalman gives voice to the dogs she adores, noting that they are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend unconditional love.
A collection of beloved 18th and 19th century images sourced from old and rare books and assembled in a beautiful assortment of more than 400 full-bleed images. From intensely colored flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself.
11" x 14" / 365 Pages / Published by Artisan
Small Victories - Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs.
By Julia Turshen, Photography by Gentyl + Hyers / Foreword by Ina Garten / Hardcover / 8" x 10" / Pages: 304 pp
"I can't wait to cook my way through this amazing new book," Ina Garten writes in the foreword to this cookbook of more than 400 recipes and variations from Julia Turshen, writer, go-to recipe developer, co-author for best-selling cook-books such as Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good, Mario Batali's Spain...A Culinary Road Trip, and Dana Cowin's Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen.
The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as "small victories" in the funny, encouraging headnotes; these are lessons learned by Julia through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals. This beautifully curated, deeply personal collection of what Chef April Bloomfield calls "simple, achievable recipes" emphasizes bold-flavored, honest food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. More than 160 mouth-watering photographs from acclaimed photographers Gentl + Hyers provide beautiful instruction and inspiration, and a gingham spine elevates this entertaining and essential kitchen resource into a covetable gift for both beginners and accomplished home cooks.