As a relatively inexperienced baker, I tend to gravitate towards uncomplicated recipes like clafoutis and bread puddings: just mix up the ingredients, pour it all into a baking dish and turn on the oven. So I was pleased to find this recipe for Deep-Dish Blueberry Pie in the August 1980 issue of Gourmet, namely because it didn't call for parchment paper and pie weights. I was doubly pleased when the recipe resulted in some of the best blueberry pie I've ever had.Read More
Before I met Lyda, I met her art. I was shopping for records with a mutual friend, who showed me Lyda's website as we were digging through bins of dance music. "I need one of those paintings!," I told my friend, and I meant it. A couple days later, I was in Lyda's apartment picking out the one that now hangs in my dining room. The painting is enormous and awash in various shades of lavender and silver. It reminds me of the "violet hour" in the winter, that time in the late afternoon when the sky and snow turn a deep shade of mauve. The violet hour sometimes happens in cities, but to truly experience it you need to be in the woods, in a house with giant windows where the purple can slide in as you watch the sun slide away.
Lyda and I have since become close friends, and even though I've been in her apartment a million times, I always find something new in her art that I love. A couple things about her work immediately jump out, and you can get a sense for them from the photos below. She's a master of color and movement. Her palettes have an incredible ability to draw on a range of emotions so that her paintings instantly create certain moods. You can also feel movement in her paintings, and unsurprisingly she has a number of them that are inspired by the sea.
Perhaps it's her background in video games and design that enabled Lyda to create such vivid pieces of art. But there are so many other influences in her art, too, and what better way to explore them than with the artist herself.Read More
When I stayed with my friend Mina at her home in San Fransisco a couple weeks ago, the first thing I noticed when I stepped inside her place was how incredible her indoor garden is. Everywhere I looked there were beautifully arranged plants and flowers, and I couldn't stop telling her how impressed I was. (I also couldn't stop sending photos of the plants to my friends, which is probably why a couple of them blocked me on SnapChat.)
I shouldn't have been surprised by Mina's well-designed place; after all, she was one of the few people I knew in college who could transform a dark and drab dorm room into a bright and comfortable nook. But even still, there is something unique about the way she created her indoor garden that plays to the strengths of her house and the colors on its walls, floors and counter tops. Mina has done with plants what others will do with light: set a distinct mood. The one in her place is at once calming and energizing.
In an attempt to bring some of that energy to my own apartment, I asked her a million questions about her plants and how she approaches her garden. The interview below not only offers some excellent tips on designing and caring for an indoor garden, but it also shows how personal gardens are, and how they can be rooted in the places and people that we want to surround ourselves with.Read More
If you’ve watched an American movie recently, there’s a good chance that the script was derived from already published material. For big studio productions, those odds jump up to somewhere between 75 and 90%. Oscar ambitions for Best Original Screenplay aside, the adaptation market is the most lucrative for film, and as a VP of Literary Affairs at Legendary Entertainment, Deborah Kauffmann is at the center of the action. She was joined by acclaimed French director Benoit Cohen at a March 21st French in Motion discussion on adapting stories into films and TV series.Read More
I have fond memories of a family vacation to southern Spain some ten years ago, particularly of Seville. It was springtime, and the city was perfumed with orange blossoms; during a sudden gust of wind, little oranges would come loose from the trees and rain down on the terraces. This recipe, taken from the October 1993 issue's "Cooking with Cinnamon" feature, incorporates the succulent flavors of oranges and raisins, while the Sherry in the sauce gives it an unmistakably Spanish flair.Read More
After five hours of watching movies, you'd think your brain would be too fried to contemplate anything other than a stroll around the block. Yet we were buzzing when we emerged around midnight from a fantastic double feature of The Odessa File and The Day of the Jackal at the newly-renovated Quad Cinema. Both adaptations of Fredrick Forsyth's thrillers, the movies were packed with enough suspense and intrigue to keep you watching well into witching hour, but it was the fashions in both films that really had my mind going - particularly The Day of the Jackal. And this is how I came to take some spring style cues from the character hired to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle.Read More