As you flip through our August catalog, you’ll notice some familiar faces (oh hello, Jacques Pépin) along with others that may be new to you. We’re excited to introduce you to some of our favorite people—makers of all kinds who celebrate fresh ingredients, flavorful meals and lively conversations around the table. You’ll meet kindred spirits who share their passion for food through everything from developing new recipes and creating drool-worthy food photography to refining the art of coffee roasting and taking classic American desserts to new levels of scrumptiousness. The fresh perspectives they bring to the table continually surprise and inspire us, and we hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them a little better.
The Modern Proper
Vibrant photos of colorful, seasonal dishes immediately drew us in to this blog. We stayed for smart recipes featuring some unexpected—but oh so delicious—flavor combinations. Friends and mothers (with five kids between them) Natalie Mortimer and Holly Erickson started The Modern Proper as a way to share their love for food and gathering people at the table. With engaging, conversational posts, they invite you to take a seat and discover their modern take on hospitality—one amazing meal at a time.
Thyme & Temp
We’ve been longtime fans of this passion project by fashion blogger Jane Aldridge and her fiancé Jeff Dashley. After discovering a common love for cooking and party planning, they created Thyme & Temp to share recipes and tales of their kitchen adventures. We enjoy following this fun couple on their quests, whether they’re recreating restaurant dishes they’ve discovered or perfecting their own twists on classic flavors. Chatty posts full of tips and tricks inspire confidence and make us eager to experiment more at home.
A Pleasant Little Kitchen
Call it kismet—a photo of homemade pop tarts on one of our bake sheets led us to A Pleasant Little Kitchen. We were immediately struck by the way Rebecca White captures the spirit of home cooking—often using props and tools from our store in Dallas. We reached out to say hello, and soon she was collaborating with us on recipe developments, photos, and more. A visit to her blog feels like cooking beside a lifelong friend. Big, bold photographs take center stage as she walks you through the steps of simple-to-make, family-pleasing dishes.
Anchorhead Coffee, Seattle
A few years back, we happened upon some of the best cold-brew coffee we’d ever tasted at a local farmers market. Anchorhead Coffee, founded by Jake Paulson and Mike Steiner—with a makeshift roaster in Mike’s garage—quickly gained a loyal following and grew beyond their humble beginnings. You can now find their expertly roasted beans and cold brews on grocer’s shelves throughout the Pacific Northwest or sip perfectly pulled espresso drinks at their Seattle café. Anchorhead makes coffee for people who love coffee.
Meet Jake Paulson as he test drives Breville’s new Oracle Touch on pages 34-35 of our catalog. Then visit Anchorhead’s Instagram and discover your new favorite coffee.
Matt Lewis, Baked NYC
Baked’s founders Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito really, really like dessert. And what a coincidence, we do too! From the first time we tasted—devoured, actually—a deep dark chocolate brownie in their Brooklyn bake shop, we knew we needed to find a way to share that decadent flavor with folks who live outside the NYC area (including ourselves). We asked these baking geniuses to create a line of mixes that make it easy for anyone—yes, anyone—to enjoy one of Baked’s critically acclaimed treats at home. The results are truly astounding.
Meet Matt Lewis and discover some of our favorite Baked treats for fall on pages 28-29 of our catalog. Read our interview on the history of the bakery, and get the inside scoop on all things Baked over on Instagram.