Reading Corner: Spring Reads with Inspiration for Kitchens, Baths and Gardens

With inspiration for both the kitchen and bath—plus, a seed of the same for the garden—the season is blooming with books!

Twenty Dinners

by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor with Rachel Holtzman

This compendium of all that’s cookery, out this month from Clarkson Potter, is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. More than 100 recipes and equally savory photographs conspire to compel home chefs to use their own chops to make versions of eat-with-friends fare and Mason jar cocktails.

Also in the mix are tidbits from the beverage set, including sommeliers and baristas, along with dessert details from a pastry chef. All make for a useable yet highly-styled kitchen confidential.


Michael S. Smith Kitchens and Baths

by Michael S. Smith and Christine Pittel

From the fine eye behind the Obama White House comes a fresh look at the home’s high-traffic spaces. Giving utilitarian a sumptuous upgrade, this volume from Rizzoli crisscrosses the country in pursuit of superior styled spaces, no matter their address—whether a tony Upper East Side apartment, an alpine sanctuary in Montana or a beach bungalow in California.

Featured rooms were either designed or inspired by Smith, who manages to make his sophisticated design process—one that factors in concerns ranging from social engineering to selecting finishes—accessible. Made all the more so with a complete resource listing.


Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations

by Charlotte Moss

How does her garden grow? For celebrated interior designer Charlotte Moss, lushly, over time, and in the wilds of East Hampton. This lavish new monograph from Rizzoli tours Moss’s verdant gardens, which, as one of her primary muses, has influenced her interior projects as well as her collecting, dining, and entertaining. 

Tips on floral design, lessons from glorious public and private gardens, and a look at the famous green thumbs Moss admires make this season-perfect pick ideal for coffee-table perusal.


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