Early Fall Favorites Recipe

A list of a few of my favorite things - Fall 2007.

Early Fall Favorites

It's time for another favorites round-up. I've been coming across all sorts of inspiring things lately. This list of favorites goes from soaps to sashimi, libraries to latticework with lots of tasty bits in between.

- Someone knowing my weakness for sweets made sure I got a sneak peek at Elizabeth Falkner's much-anticipated Demolition Desserts - Citizen Cake fans won't be disappointed. It's unlikely I'll ever attempt to recreate one of her elaborate signature cakes in my own kitchen (primarily because I can walk from my house to her bakery in ten minutes), but I can't wait to incorporate some of the individual components into my own cooking/baking. The components that go into each creation are worthy recipes to explore on their own - for example, how about black pepper-tarragon syrup, chipotle gingerbread, concord grape tapioca, manchego churros, saffron pistachio cookies, or pineapple sashimi?

- Cooked Books: Let me start by saying Rebecca Federman has much more cred than I do on the cookbook front - in fact, she handles the culinary collection at the New York Public Library. I wanted to introduce you all to Rebecca and her wonderful (and relatively new) blog. I suspect she has much to share with us and we're all fortunate that she is excited and willing to take us backstage to explore some of the treasures, secrets, and overlooked gems of the NYPL collection. Thanks Rebecca!

- Affordable art. Bravo to Jen Bekman and the 20x200 crew for making prints available for just $20 dollars - it's such a cool idea. Each image posted is available in three sizes. The smallest is priced at just $20 and the price climbs from there as more limited editions are issued in medium and large sizes. New images are posted on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and every print is delivered with a certificate of authenticity by the artist. Keep track of what they are up to via the 20x200 blog.

- Sweet Riot: The most addictive product I've come across in a long, long, time. My bet is on Sweet Riot to make Tic-Tacs obsolete. In San Francisco they tend to hang out right near the checkout counters at Whole Foods - consider yourself warned.

- These perfect navy polka-dotted ballet slippers.

- California sunsets.

- These Donald Sultan playing cards (via Innumerable Goods)

- I can't get enough architectural latticework. Every time I see the entrance to the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs on TV my eyes sparkle. I was thrilled when I saw that my friends Noah Webb (photographer) and Quyen Nguyen (designer and downstairs neighbor!) just shot Quyen's new knitwear collection in front of lovely lattice all across Los Angeles.

Apollo Sierra Olive Oil: Best olive oil I've ever tasted - and that's saying something because I've tasted a whole lot. This oil is green, spicy, pungent and invigorating. Be sure to pick up the Sierra one. I tried the Mistral as well, but Sierra is the one to go for. Worth every cent of the $24+ price tag. Appreciate it straight, on its own, before you decide what else you might do with it.

- Saipua Travel Soaps: Based in Brooklyn, but I picked up a couple bars on Abbott Kinney in Los Angeles. My bar of White Grapefruit with Bergamot came wrapped in a delightful Cavallini map.

- Moro East: The cookbook release I've been waiting for this season. I received the full-color, advance information packet a few weeks back and from the handful of recipes, along with the photography, and paper, and spirit of the text - it is likely to be stunning on every front. Looks like it is set for release sometime around October or November. Look at that cover(!) up above, beautiful.

- Cupcake magic: For those of you who haven't seen Kylie Lambert's cupcake creations, you're in for a real treat. I stumbled across Kylie's cakes in an Aussie food magazine months and months ago, cut them out and taped them in one of my journals - but at the time I wasn't sure who created them. I came across them again the other day while browsing a favorite design blog. Thanks to Joy for helping me finally put a name to a cake. Kylie's Flickr stream is here, in case you're interested in keeping up with her future creations.

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i'm so glad this link comes up on my gmail page. i swear things like 20x200, and some of the recipes can rock my life for the day. thanx!

nan wilson

I love both the Moro and the Casa Moro cookbooks so a new addition (Moro East) is exciting. I'm looking forward to hearing about it.


oh, i'm going to have to track down that olive oil.... and those ballet slippers are on sale at karmaloop.com! only, though, if you have size 6 or size 10 shoes... and, sadly, i don't.


Hmm. I'm going to buy some of that olive oil and give it a try. I've been telling people about Bariani olive oil, which I just bought at the Santa Cruz farmer's market. Awesome.

Pieds Des Anges (Kyla)

Great list, especially Cooked Books--thanks for the intro to a great blog.


The cup cakes are beautiful and have given me lots of food for thought. However I always find cup cakes generally too little cake and too much icing. But these are such a good concept I'm going to try them the next celebration we have.

Heidi A-P

Those first two links made my day! Thanks, Heidi.


Great sneak peek roundup. I have already checked out several and I am dying for the ballet slippers!

Deborah Dowd

Red leaves. First Apples. And Chestnuts, for me.


Nice list! I was hitting my four o'clock slump and these woke me right up. I mourn that I cannot go to this Citizen Cake place, though.


I could not agree more about the Saipua Soaps - I saw them in the first Blueprint magazine and immediately called to order some for myself and for my store. People love them not only because it is great soap but also because of the fantastic packaging. Once again, they are great!

Polish Pottery

Thanks for all the cool ideas. Living in the midwest, its nice to know whats hip, even if it never quite reaches us! I recently bought your 2 cookbooks and am working my way through them! Beautiful books to look at and some great recipes so far. I just signed up on amazon to be alerted when the moro cookbook comes out. Do you think you could review your favorite everyday cookbook?? thanks amy in Ohio


what a fabulous list of favorites for autumn!! those navy polka-dotted ballet flats are gorgeous :0)


Heidi: thanks, love the faves list. I will pick up some of those mints at Whole Foods next time I am there... Isn't it fun to see what makes our heart pitter-patter and our eyes sparkle? Love that you shared yours!


Polka Dot slippers!!! perfect read for a morning when I'm trying to find reasons not to go to work:) http://funnfud.blogspot.com


So many things to buy and try. Plus, as a design writer, I'm also an appeciator of most things lattice.


Thanks for once again pointing us in some fabulous directions!


Oh such a magical post, a great way to start my morning ... with a black coffee! Thanks Heidi


Cooked Books is fantastic! And I love the polka dot ballet slippers. I always look forward to reading about new things you've discovered....


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