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James Beard Award Nomination

We are proud to say that spenser has been nominated for a 2014 James Beard Award in Visual Storytelling along side Food & Wine Magazine and The Local Palate.  Our regular husband and wife contributing photographers Jessie Kriech-Higdon and Chris Higdon along with our Design Director Jen White are being considered for their work on three features from this past year.  Those three features are “Controlled Burn” from the 2013 Spring Issue; “The South’s Sweet Elixir” from the 2013 Fall Issue; and “Lead Us Into Temptation” from the 2013 Winter Issue.  Click on the tiles below to see the nominated feature stories.

Last Minute Cookbook Gift Ideas 
(a.k.a. our favorite new cookbooks of the year)

For the sweet tooth:

Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook - The Mast Brothers are pioneers of the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement and men-about-Brooklyn. For those who covet their seemingly curated lifestyle, there is ”Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook” where they share their unique story and recipes for classic American desserts like chocolate cookies and cakes, brownies, bars, milkshakes, and, yes, whoopie pie. Known for the quality and creativity of their generous staff lunches, it is no surprise that there are mouthwatering savory dishes as well, like Pan-seared Scallops with Cocoa Nibs and Cocoa Coq au Vin. This book is the book for the chocolate lover in your life.

Sweet - This is one of those cookbooks that is destined to become a well-worn classic, with home cooks passing down their butter-stained,  dogeared copies from generation to generation. Haven’t had the pleasure? Well, Valerie Gordon, the cookbook’s author, is the Los Angeles based creator of award-winning sweets and baked goods sold at two new restaurants, a longstanding boutique, and multiple farmer’s market booths. “Sweet” is filled with a comprehensive collection of her favorite desserts like petits fours, cakes, truffles, and cookies that have been gilded with the addition of candied rose petals, atomized chocolate, fleur de sel, matcha tea, and other special ingredients. Our favorite part of the book, Valerie’s re-discovered desserts from some of Los Angeles’ most iconic and bygone restaurants like Chasen’s and the Brown Derby. Brilliant.

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