Fall Favorites List

Fall Favorites List

Wow. Has it been almost a year since my last favorites list? Yikes, I think it has. I'm in the mood to write one. I just finished doing my portion of the prep for dinner tomorrow night, dishes are done, counter tops clean. The house is quiet, and I'm sitting on the couch with my favorite blanket draped over me. So, favorites it is, some of the things that have caught my attention recently. Here goes.

Nikole Herriott and her father Lance carve beautiful objects from 100% salvaged wood and have a shop named Herriott Grace. I love their wispy stemmed spoons, and hand-turned, one-of-a-kind mortar & pestle sets. I had my heart set on one of the sweet little salt bowls, but someone beat me to it (next time!). I encourage you to read about them here, or meet them here. It's such an inspiring story.

The last two books I've read (and really enjoyed!): Kafka on the Shore & Drop City. Now I'm on to A Passage to India and Barbara Kingsolver's new book.

Bryan Nash Gil's relief prints are stunning. I noticed as I was browsing the other day, in addition to the Hemlock 82 print, Bryan has created a new print, Locust. Also very beautiful, yet substantially less expensive.

For Bay Area folks, June Taylor's classes at The Still Room are great - fun, hands-on, and you learn a lot. I just noticed she has her new class schedule posted on her site.

The cookbooks on my nightstand right now: Nigel Slater's Tender, Julie Sanhi's Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking, and Canal House Cooking Volume 2. There are just not enough meals in the day....

After falling down the Etsy rabbit hole: I missed out on this cake plate, and this buttercup yellow watering can, but I did bring home a six-legged lamb.

Waiting for the next cold-snap: I bought this bell-shaped wool hat a couple weeks back at Anthropologie, and I smile absolutely every time I see it.

Worth mentioning, I cancelled our cable and bought an Apple TV. Only wish I had done it sooner.

Custom stationery is the best. I love these Postal Press Custom Initial Note Cards. Thank you cards also come in handy after the holidays, and I like these Thank You Cards with the blind impression, really nice.

It's sold out, but isn't this illustrated calendar neat? (via {frolic!}

One of my neighbors brought a completely unfamiliar-to-me style of cornbread to a neighborhood party the other night. It was sort of custard topped, browned a bit, moist as all get out. She told me a friend shared the recipe with her. The trick? Pour a cup of cream over the cornbread batter before baking. She was nice enough to send me the recipe - turns out it was a Marion Cunningham recipe, and I also (finally) made the connection that it was the cornbread recipe Molly reprinted in A Homemade Life. I'm going to give it a shot tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Oh, and while we are on the topic of people I like name Molly, I was lucky to have dinner at this Molly's house last week. She made this Almond Tart, and now I want to make it too.

Oh boy, this is getting long, and now it is getting late. I'd better wrap it up. One last thing - I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday weekend. I feel thankful everyday that I have a place like this site where I can share ideas, recipes, and general ramblings. Thank you all for inviting so many of the recipes you see on this site into your own homes - you have no idea how great (and appreciative) that makes me feel. Safe travels to all of you not at home this weekend.

p.s. Our 101 Cookbooks Kiva Team is still going strong - we're alllllmost at $60,000 in loans, 2071 loans to date. I love it. Makes me so proud. Have a glance at your Kiva account to see if you have any repaid loans to reinvest.

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I love your favorite things lists - I always find out about such great stuff! Can't wait to check out that Julie Sanhi book



At the very least your list of favorites has sparked a strong desire to start Black Friday shopping early! Nearly everything you've listed is new to me. I adore the rustic style of Herriott Grace's wood creations; and the wool hat from Anthropologie is darling!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

It was nice to hear Fall Favorites list. I think I usually have my list during Christmas and birthdays

The Artist Chef

I love that there's a 101 Cookbooks Kiva Team - that's great!!!

Simply Life

I liked Kafka on the Shore very much too.

Thanks for all the great recipes and cookbook recommendations - I'm definitely going to look up the Indian vegetarian cookbook you mentioned.


some great stuff here!

the cream on top cornbread is also in one of deborah madision's books. all of her books are wonderful btw!

but i am sure you know that.

happy thanksginving!


coming across your blog for the first time
this blog is awesome :)
its on my book mark!

yeah..cooking is one of my passion:)


Thank you for all the cookbook recommendations!


Dear Heidi,

I found your blog a few months ago and since then i am completely in love with reading it and i ordered your book for my sister for Christmas as i knew she would love your recipes and natural eating style too! They past few months ive cooked from your recommendations and favourites and everything has been amazing! Ive made your lively Lentil soup twice and keep wanting to make more, i add abit of cumin as suggested and lots of greens, it is soo good this time of year! Im also addicted to a lentil daal recipe my friend gave me, so warm and soothing now. I will definitely be making brussel sprouts again at Christmas the only way they should be eaten, as you said, they taste so good!
I'm in the midst of reading recipes for Christmas and looking for presents and so your favourites lists have been the best!
I love your philosophy of all natural cooking and lifestyle, most of the time i just want to jump into my computer and join you in the kitchen or where ever you are traveling and eating at, it all sounds so great!
Thank you and happy holidays, im living in Portugal at the moment but am originally from England so my baking festivities will start there, for now im on the trial and error runs! xx


Thanks for all the awesome links!

Happy Thanksgiving!

christie @ honoring health

Not only do I really enjoy these lists, but the accompanying photos are always beautiful.


Since I am a new reader this year, this fabulous list tradition is new to me. First of all, I love the photo at the top of the craggy trees and birds in flight- it is right up my ally, living in the forest as I do. I am very grateful to have found this blog. I have always enjoyed cooking, but I am making an effort to really learn, and I find this site incredibly helpful, fun and beautiful.
So on this day of thanks, I thank you for all you do.

HS: Thanks for the nice note Michaela, I meant to give a little context to that photo in the post up above. It's a shot I took on an early, early morning walk in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Must have been February. I hope you continue to enjoy your cooking endeavors.

The Gardener's Eden

I've been following your blog for several months and have yet to comment, but felt compelled now - since it's thanksgiving it seems appropriate. I've been inspired by many of your recipes (though I admit I usually adapt some of the ingredients depending on what my fridge and pantry have to offer) and always look forward to new creative additions and beautiful pictures.
Many thanks for keeping this blog! Happy Thanksgiving,


Happy Thanksgiving Heidi -- I'm grateful for your blog! so many wonderful recipes and lots of inspiration.


Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


I *love* Kafka on the Shore! Murakami is an excellent writer. My other favorites by him are Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Dance Dance Dance.

I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! I look forward to seeing a post about it. :-)


Happy Thanksgiving Heidi!
I just wanted to tell you that since discovering your blog at the begining of the summer you have enlightened my palate and made my baking 10 times better!
Thanksgiving this year features your Spice Kissed Pumpkin Pie, Olive Oil & Kale Mashed Potatoes AND Sweet Potatoes with macadamia nuts! Can't wait to eat!! ;)
Thanks for everything!


Hi Heidi -

I've been following your blog for quite awhile, and wanted to say thanks today! I look forward to all your updates. I'm reading the Lacuna right now too, it is fabulous.
Happy Thanksgiving!


Love it. Thanks, Heidi.
ps. I gave your cookbook to a friend for her birthday. It was such a good feeling-- spreading the joy :-)


Dear Heidi,

I love your blog. It sustained/entertained me through lay off and unemployment and now it provides great stress relief and great original meals. You have opened my eyes to new ingredients and a different approach to baking--although my all time favorites are your soups! Keep cooking and writing!



In this season of Thanks...
thank you, Heidi, for consistently offering us new and unusual challenges - great ideas and positive vibes!


Hi Heidi
Just got delivery of a cookbook you should check out - it is called 'Terre a Terre The Vegetarian Cookbook' by Amanda Powley with Philip Taylor. It is from the restaurant of the same name in Brighton, England and it is really amazingly inventive. WWW.TERREATERRE.CO.UK


FYI--As of this posting, there are a few of the calendars you mentioned left. They're in French, which I actually like better. Lovely recommendations and thank you for sharing them!

Dana V

Hi Heidi,

I have been following this wonderful blog for more than and a year. This is my first posting and I wanted to say thank you for all the great favorites suggestions, ideas, and yummy recipes (especially those built around whole grains, alternative sweeteners and wonderful fresh produce). I live in Berkeley and am thankful every day for the chance to experience all the fabulous local and sustainably grown foods in the Northern California Bay Area. Your favorites lists have been a great source for new places and my family is very happy with all the ones we have gone to thanks to your suggestions! I wish you, your friends and family, and all your readers, a happy, healthy, and joyous Thanksgiving!!

Marni Welch

There's a great version of that custard-top cornbread recipe in Deborah Madison's "The Savory Way." She says you can either use milk or cream but come on, if you're going for custard who wants plain milk? She attributes the idea to Marion Cunningham but her recipe is great; I recommend it.

Jessica Roberts

Happy Thanksgiving, Heidi and thank you for posting such a great blog....you are right...not enough meals in the day!


I also just finished Kafka on the Shore this week. It put me in a very pensative mode, I can't explain, very nice book.
Happy Thanksgiving!


The shop where you buy paper, envelopes, etc. Is a Stationer (think of those old fashioned signs that said "Printer and
Stationer". Anything that is stationAry is stAnding still (standing and stationary both have As).


Oh, the joys of shop/consume. I, for one, cannot wait for Black Friday., tomorrow already!! See ya'll at the malls!


I do love hand made wooden spoons. I ran into a shop up in Nova Scotia on a bike ride in the middle of nowhere one day and I've always regretted not picking a couple up.

Thanks for all the great info.


Amber @ Native Food and Wine

Heidi. You really are special.......
In this day and age of exesses, it is inspiring to see display the level of consistency of values you do.
God Bless you.. Have a Happy Thanksgiving....


The hat is fabulous!!!

Stacey Montgomery

in the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank you for sharing your recipes with us! We made the Sage, Walnut and Dried Fig Stuffing for Thanksgiving today and it was great. I was so happy to finally have something vegetarian on the table and even the picky eaters liked it :)


Thanks Heidi for all the wonderful recipes you mail me. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! I'm from Mauritius and being a hindu i really love your dishes. They make me feel i'm living in a big country like yours!


That corn bread sounds mighty fine!


hey lady! thanks for the lovely mention. I hope your Thanksgiving was great.




What a lovely post to get my day-after-thanksgiving started! You always manage to find such lovely things.

Thank you!



Thank you for mentioning Bryan Nash Gill + Ashes & Milk. I love your website and continuously enjoy all the vegetarian and vegan recipes that you share.


Nikko Moy

I found your blog just over a year ago when I was wondering what to do with a hugh (and somewhat phallic-looking) zucchini I was given. Since finding your "Zucchini Poppy Seed Bread" and being told by my very-vegetarian friend that my zucchini bread was better than any he's every tasted, including his own mother's, I started frequenting your site.

I have enjoyed many of your receipts, and have always received the highest complements with all of them I try. In fact, I very rarely go anywhere else for my menu-planning these days. Yesterday, I whipped up your Sweet Potato Spoon Drop bread from your cookbook, Super Natural Cooking. (Oh, did I mention I bought that, too?) and as my dad was complimenting my Thanksgiving dinner, he said, "there's just one thing missing; sweet potatoes." The buzzer on the oven started sounding, and I said back to Dad, "Well, there's your sweet potatoes." He couldn't get over how I made them with goat cheese. (My family has been anti- cows milk for over 3 decades).

Hats off to you, Heidi, for turning vegetarian and organic meals chic, fun, and creative. I have been raised this way since the 70s, and it's great to be in the in-crowd, now, instead of the only one on the block who drinks soy milk and eats whole grains. Thank you, thank you. I can't get enough of your site!!!

Kristen Adams

From a die-hard Murakami fan, I recommend Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Thanks for all the great recipes! They fit well into a law student's budget!


Happy holidays Heidi! Just wanted to tell you that SNC is on my Christmas list AND I made your cranberry jam and triple ginger cookies for Thanksgiving this year. I usually try one of your recipes once a week-ish and they rarely disappoint. I've even gone vegetarian, and you've showed me it's so easy. Looking forward to continuing to follow you.


What an eclectic and fun set of favorites!


Yet another exceptional list - thank you for sharing!!


gah! I can't believe I missed a new Nigel Slater book. Dashed over to place my order, and now I'm back to thank you for bringing it to my attention. (another) molly


Heidi ~ I just LOVE all of your recipes and really love how you choose and/or create healthy recipes. You've inspired and encouraged me to use more whole grains in my bakery. Now, I sell healthy baked sweet treats in my etsy shop. We're getting quite a following, come visit soon! http://bakedinmaine.etsy.com
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!


thanks so much for your wonderful ideas/recipes/etc.

albert lian

Kafka on the Shore and Drop City are two of my all time favorites. You might want to add The Elegance of the Hedgehog to your list too. Also one of my favorites.

Thanks for the great site too! I swear I cook something from here at least once a week!


I am currently reading Kafka on the Shore - wasn't sure about it at first but glad to hear you enjoyed it and I will continue on...

Happy holidays.


I love lists! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

treehouse Chef

Oh boy, looks like I've found a new study distraction -- Etsy. I bought the cutest rosebud salt and pepper shakers. My grandmother collected them and she would have adored these. Also picked up a handful of vintage butterfly etched drinking glasses. Darling site.

Just renewed my repaid Kiva loan last week. I'm so glad you introduced me to that site, Heidi.


Thanks for all the nice comments (and suggestions) everyone - I'll try to do lists more often :). And for those of you who celebrate it, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. -h


Based on your book recommendations, I wanted to make sure you'd read "The God of Small Things"... you'll surely love it if you haven't read it already.


Barbara Kingsolver's book is on my list, too. And I want to send it to my best friend in Australia who's fixated on Frida.


Oh boy, looks like I've found a new study distraction -- Etsy. I bought the cutest rosebud salt and pepper shakers. My grandmother collected them and she would have adored these.

Thanks for the great site too! I swear I cook something from here at least once a week!

Vikas Sehrawat

thanks for this super list. love it! check out these cute cards on etsy by paperairplanedesign. so cute! http://www.etsy.com/shop/paperairplanedesign


i love this website! to me your recipes embody all the best things about cooking real, natural food. while this style of cooking has gained some popularity in recent years, there are still many people who believe that nutritious vegetarian dishes are not only dull, but complicated to make! this is anything but true, and i'm so happy this site exists as testament to that fact! thank you.


I adore this photograph. I always come back to your blog for inspiration, and a lovely enjoyable read. Thanks again.


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