Archive for the ‘Books’ Category
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
The past week has been really exciting as not only is the new book out, but we also filmed the video for it.
The House Gardener is the second book from Isabelle Palmer, our beloved Balcony Gardener, and features a plethora of ideas for quirky, stunning and eye-catching house plant designs.
In the video, which we will post very soon, Isabelle talks about her new book and the inspiration behind her creations, and also demonstrates how to create three beautiful house plant displays. Two from the book, and one brand new and exclusive one.
Here are some images from Behind-the-Scenes at The House Gardener.
GREEN RAINBOW – The bright colors of these sweet green plants, Soleirolia soleirolii (mind-your-own-business), will quickly cheer up any indoor area.
PROVENCAL SUMMER - This is a lovely arrangement for an open kitchen or porch, but it would also make an unusual table arrangement for a picturesque, homespun wedding or perhaps a summer lunch just outside.
MINI TERRARIUM – Using these brand new terrariums from The Balcony Gardener, Isabelle combined a few small pebbles and shells with some moss and stunning muscari which is currently in season. So simple, yet so beautiful as this intricate violet coloured flower stands out against the green of the moss.
Three beautiful and simple house plant displays, made easy with the guidance of The House Gardener out now http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-House-Gardener-Balcony-Indoors/dp/1782490981
Monday, March 24th, 2014
On Sunday 30th March it will be Mother’s Day, so if your Mummy Dearest is a green fingered goddess, then we have a selection of gift ideas that will be perfect for spoiling her.
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone, we hope you have a very relaxing and indulgent day
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Chapter 2. Old Finds – Green Rainbow
Chapter 3. Hanging Gardens – Hanging Bottles
Chapter 4. Just Outside – Provencal Summer
Chapter 5. Tools, Material and Techniques
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
The Edible Selby Front Cover © Todd Selby
Todd Selby’s website The Selby has been a favourite online destination for us, it is a wealth of interiors and trends inspiration, for many years he has curated the interiors of different people – revealing their personality and quirks through their belongings. Through this creative work, he has become more and more curious about people’s kitchens, their refrigerators and how we eat. His most recent book “Edibly Selby” is a celebration of food obsessives and creatives, people who have a vocation for creating food.
It’s not a recipe book per se, instead it’s a global culinary encyclopedia featuring local pockets of people passionate about food and eating it. Unlike other food books, Edible Selby doesn’t feel as if it has been styled by a number of food stylists, photographers and assistants – instead here it’s just Todd Selby and his camera capturing the everyday and food of a bakery, restaurant, fishmongers or vinery.
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Brooklyn New York © Todd Selby
Todd starts his journey in San Francisco, he was born and grew up in Orange County slightly further down the West Coast – so he starts close to home. It’s an interesting story – Mission Chinese Food – a Chinese restaurant started inside another Chinese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown, San Francisco. The two restauranteurs Danny Bowien and Anthony Myint had little capital at the start so created a restaurant inside a restaurant, they meld American Chinese food with California cuisine and touches of Oklahoma barbecue like white bread and Coca-cola sauce.
Towpath, London © Todd Selby
Todd travels further afield on his culinary journey, he explores London featuring Violet Cakes in Hackney, Towpath in Haggerston and St John’s in Spitalfields. He spends the whole day with his chosen spot, photographing them in action (there’s a great shot of Fergus Henderson enjoying his elevenses break of seed cake and a glass of madeira) and chats to them about their food and menus.
Violet Cakes, London © Todd Selby
Some of the most beautiful photos are taken outside of your usual restaurant and cafe, and feature the food suppliers and part-time restauranturs – an un-manned eating spot in the hills of Italy, just help yourself to Prosecco from the fridge and delicious salami direct from the factory. The Nordic Food Lab is a food research laboratory housed on a houeboat in Copenhagen, they research “old and new techniques and raw materials” of Nordic cookery, they have been examining and experimenting with seaweed and other wild foods. Sa Forada is a paella restaurant in Mallorca that is only accessible by boat or climbing a fence and hiking, Yoshida Farm is a cheese-making facility in the heart of rural Japan and Rockaway Taco is a part-time taco shack in Queens, New York – only open when the owner Andrew Field isn’t chasing the surfing waves around the world.
Edible Selby is a real foodie celebration, Todd has explored and met a collection of personalities who all celebrate food and its vibrancy in their often very different fields. A great book for your favourite foodie (and we also loved the fridge magnets!).
Edible Selby by Todd Selby is published by Abrams
Monday, December 17th, 2012
This new cookbook from good friends Rosie French and Ellie Grace is a written celebration of their supper club Salad and Co and their Brixton Village restaurant. It’s a lovely looking book, everything is presented on oak tables with vintage bottles and cotton linens. It’s a real labour of love, all the recipes have been tried and tested at their restaurant, supper club or informal dinners at home with friends. In the introduction the girls make their plea for kitchen table cooking, they want the readers to use the cookery book for relaxed suppers and lazy lunches. The recipes are all designed to be easy to follow, and are suited for each season – as they write “we like to ‘cook’ in the cold months and ‘assemble’ when it’s hot,” makes sense to us!
Originally the girls created a blog for sharing recipes and then a month later they started their supper club “Salad Club” in Ellie’s flat above the buzzing market on Electric Avenue in Brixton, soon this grew in its frequency and size – it became a weekly event and they were having to combine running the supper club with their full time jobs. Much of the ingredients were sourced from downstairs in the market – in the book there are several homages to Middle Eastern and Caribbean cooking. Then last Summer they converted a butcher’s shop in Brixton Village into a 20-seater kitchen-restaurant, called French & Grace, and sought to keep intact the friendly, colourful approach to cooking and hosting that was so popular at the Salad Club.
Mascarpone cheesecake with nutmeg and maple syrup caramel
The recipes are delicious, beautifully photographed and easy to make. The book is divided into the four seasons, with many recipes created around fresh seasonal ingredients. Think Gin and Juniper Pork with Leek and Parmesan-Stuffed Squash for winter; Oeufs en Cocotte in Spring; Grilled Lamb Chops and Salad Club Mezze for Summer, Warm Barley, Almond and Pomegranate Tabbouleh and a Flourless Chocolate, Prune and Brandy Cake for an Autumn birthday.
Proscuitto, Melon and Spinach Salad
The book wonderfully captures the improvisational and friendly nature of the salad club and restaurant in its pages – there’s no pretension here. Everything is flavoursome and uses fresh ingredients, the photographs are beautiful records of the dishes. A great book for the foodie’s Christmas stocking.
All photography by Laura Edwards