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Thought you might appreciate a heads up on this new cookbook! Just in time for the holidays, it’s filled with inspiring recipes for you or for the chef in your life!

Scheduled for release on October 30 2012, The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm: Recipes and Wisdom from Our Artisans, Chefs and Smokey Mountain Ancestors by proprietor Sam Beall “brings the inn’s artisanal food techniques and beloved recipes to every home cook – and along the way, reveals the secrets passed down through the generations in this rich and storied Southern region.”

Here is just a small sampling of recipes from the new book:

Skillet Corn Bread

Peanut Butter Pie

Zucchini Caesar Salad with Singing Brook Cheese Crisp

Vanilla-Roasted Peaches (wow!)

Available for pre-order via Blackberry Farm…click here for more info!

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“My book is a meditation on how to live. It’s an old-fashioned idea, but you should always try to do what you love to do.” ~ Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz’s recent photographic journey is a bold departure from her iconic portrait and fashion photography…published by Random House in 2011, “Pilgrimage” is a highly personal exploration of people, places and things that have significant meaning to the artist ~ a collection of handmade pastels by Georgia O’Keefe, the darkroom of Ansel Adams, Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress…she captures their essence, their soul, without a face but with an intimate look at their beloved possessions…

Cactus and dogwood specimens pressed by Emily Dickinson as a girl

The astonishing natural power of America’s most famous geyser, Yellowstone National Park

A collection of handmade pastels in the O’Keefe Research Center in Santa Fe

A red hill behind O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, that looms large in her paintings

A glass negative of a multiple-lens portrait of Lincoln made on Feb. 9, 1864, by Anthony Berger at the Brady Gallery in Washington, D.C.

A door in the adobe patio wall of Georgia O’Keefe’s home in Abiquiu, N.M.

Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress at the Amherst Historical Society in Amherst, Mass

Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance warehouse in Yonkers, N.Y.

Annie Oakley’s heart target ~ one of Oakley’s most popular stunts was shooting through the center of a small heart on a card from around 40 feet away

The darkroom in Ansel Adams’s home in Carmel, Calif., now owned by Mr. Adams’s son, Michael, and his wife, Jeanne, friends of Ms. Leibovitz

The gloves Abraham Lincoln wore the night he was assassinated

Sigmund Freud’s couch in his study at 20 Maresfield Gardens in London

All photographs by Annie Leibovitz from her book “Pilgrimage” ~ Resources  – NY Times, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, NPR

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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~ Charles W. Eliot

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Hallberg & Wisely


J. Randall Powers

Jacques Grange

James Huniford

John Minshaw

John Saladino

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Kara Mann

Karin Blake

Lars Bolander

Lauren Gold

Luis Bustamante

Magnus Lundgren

Mary McDonald

Meichi Peng

Michael Smith

Michele Bonan

Miles Redd

Nina Griscom

Richard Shapiro

Robert Couturier

Sheila Harley

Steven Volpe

Suzanne Rheinstein

Ted Tuttle

Thomas Jayne

Thomas O’Brien

Tricia Huntley

Vicente Wolf

William Frawley

Windsor Smith

Yves Saint Laurent

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whether they’re stacked on the floor or alphabetized on ornate custom shelving, books are an essential part of our daily lives…a true reflection of our passions and professions…more tomorrow!

Karl Lagerfeld

Albert Hadley

Alexandre de Betak

Andy Newcom

Bill Blass

Brigitte & Alain Garnier

Bunny Williams

Charles Spada

Christopher Knight and Carlos Aponte

Cristina Azario

David Kleinberg

Dransfield and Ross

Garagnani and Poccianti

Gil Schafer

Greet Lefevre

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If you find yourself searching for a unique gift idea, you may want to consider this gorgeous book published by Rizzoli titled Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Pugliawith breathtaking photos by Mark Roskams and original essay’s by architect and scholar Diane Lewis, this book thoughtfully explores the beauty of Italy’s sun drenched southeast coast brimming with ancient architecture and sublime landscapes…may you enjoy this inspiring sneak peek!

“Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia is a pictorial feast with 200 color photographs of restored farm buildings whose spaces are both austere and luxurious. The simple yet open rooms of the masserie (plural for masseria) have kept their original charm with stone fireplaces, arched hallways, and magnificent marble floors. The rustic colors of Italy’s sun-drenched coast are beautifully set against dazzling white backdrops of medieval stucco and stone in a volume which will inspire lovers of architectural history and culture with the details of the rustic and modern charm of this distinctive architectural style.” ~The Italian Tribune

photographs by Mark Roskams via Italica

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“My source of inspiration comes from everywhere. I have always let my mind run free.” ~ Muriel Brandolini

Published on October 1st 2011, The World of Muriel Brandolini: Interiors showcases this fearless designers colorful and unexpected style…half Vietnamese, half French-Venezuelan, her global influences are an integral part of her creative process…today’s photos are just the tip of the iceberg, a sneak peek at some of the extraordinary interiors featured in her new book…to see a wonderful video interview with Muriel Brandolini on vogue.it, click here…there is an intimacy to this interview that I think you will really enjoy…her voice, her beauty, and the visual world that surrounds her…it’s a beautiful look at her life and inspirations

photos from Muriel Brandolini

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“Beauty meets quality of life” ~ David Kleinberg

Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg is the first book to showcase the Manhattan decorator’s work…an alumnus of the legendary Parish-Hadley, he is passionate for clean lines, neutral colors and a well curated mix of antiques, fabrics, textures, finishes, art and objects…the book features over twenty projects including an intimate look at his own residences…today’s post highlights some of my favorite interiors from his artful website…think of this as an amuse bouche to his thoughtful and informative new book!

“In every apartment or house there should be a cohesive thread that starts at the front door and continues to the back hall. It is the design equivalent of a trail of bread crumbs…People always worry about mixing antiques with reproductions. The key is to respect the scale of the antiques…In decorating, most people associate texture only with fabric; in fact, all materials have texture.” ~ David Kleinberg

photos and resources from David Kleinberg

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