Today I sent out a newsletter with the entire Fall line-up for my book parties, workshops and events. (If you didn’t get it you can subscribe at theforestfeast.com!) I’m excited about the first one— a special gala in the garden fundraiser on Sept. 13 @_filoli in Woodside, CA. Filoli is a historic home and estate (now a non-profit) built in 1915 and beautifully preserved— it feels like a visit to a bygone era (like I imagine it might feel to visit Downton Abbey!). It has amazing gardens, a grand ballroom and an epic kitchen. Guests will get to walk through the house upon arrival, have cocktail hour on the house terrace, then have an outdoor dinner on the bowling green.
Filoli invited me to be the special guest for the evening and the menu includes Forest Feast-inspired dishes like a snap bean salad from my new book and an apple galette with honey and apples grown at Filoli. I got to hand-paint special elements for the invitations. Plus, attendees get to take home a signed copy of #ForestFeastMediterranean !
See ticket info for this fundraiser at Filoli.org/gardengala
More events: theforestfeast.com/cookbook
First Photo by Drew Altizer, others courtesy Filoli
#tbt to fall in Cinque Terre while shooting #ForestFeastMediterranean! 📸 by @porghardt
I took the boys to see their 91-year-old great-grandmother today in Brentwood, CA, (and aunties @smgleeson + @kathleenmarie4 !). My aunt Kathy made an amazing lunch spread which included a spinach salad with strawberries and dried apples on top, and Grandma showed us her wedding album from the 1940s.
It was over 100 degrees, so we went swimming and then went peach picking nearby (at a women-powered farm!). I now have tons of peaches 🍑 🍑🍑.... What should I make?!
Here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at the shoot for the Gin & Tonic Bar in #ForestFeastMediterranean — I shoot the majority of pages for all my books right out on our deck, in the shade, with my Nikon and my 50mm lens. For this spread, I painted a backdrop and photographed the ingredients on top of it. Then later in Photoshop, I added my handwriting, the text and the illustrations. 🎨 🍸
The Forest Feast Mediterranean comes out in 1 month! You can preorder a discounted signed copy via @barnesandnoble now (link in profile!)
TGIF! I just found out that both @barnesandnoble + @amazon are doing a pre-order discount right now of #ForestFeastMediterranean ($10 off! Links in stories + in bio)
Happy to be back home in the woods after nearly 3 months away!
In May, we left to visit friends and family all over the east coast, then visited the Azores, then Scotland, then came back to pick up our car and drove all over California for 3 weeks. The kids were major troopers and can now sleep anywhere!
It was an awesome summer, but happy to settle back into the woods for the next 2 weeks until kindergarten starts (😱!!) The wild plums are perfect and the blackberries are allllmost ready. I love August 💕✨.
There’s nothing like farmer’s market fruit in summer!🍑🍑🍑Where is your favorite farmer’s market?
Brown Butter Tomatoes!
The recipe is by @amandahesser in The New Greenmarket Cookbook by @glangholtz — the idea is so simple and SO delicious! If you are growing tomatoes or can find some good ones at a farmers market, this is one to try. Basically you simmer butter for a few minutes until bubbly and brown then pour a lot of it over raw tomato slices, then add salt and pepper and a baguette. YUM! Find the whole recipe at theforestfeast.com
TGIF + #shabbatshalom!
#tbt to Aperol Spritzes on the water in Portovenere, Italy, while shooting the upcoming #ForestFeastMediterranean cookbook. The book comes out 9/17 and you can preorder now!
Photos + video by @porghardt