“Unfussy menus . . . . A testament to slowing down to enjoy a good meal along with good company.” —Celebrated Living
The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatheringsby Nathan Williams
Kinfolk magazine—launched to great acclaim and instant buzz in 2011—is a quarterly journal about understated, unfussy entertaining. The journal has captured the imagination of readers nationwide, with content and an aesthetic that reflect a desire to go back to simpler times; to take a break from our busy lives; to build a community around a/i>
Kinfolk magazine—launched to great acclaim and instant buzz in 2011—is a quarterly journal about understated, unfussy entertaining. The journal has captured the imagination of readers nationwide, with content and an aesthetic that reflect a desire to go back to simpler times; to take a break from our busy lives; to build a community around a shared sensibility; and to foster the endless and energizing magic that results from sharing a meal with good friends. Now there’s The Kinfolk Table, a cookbook from the creators of the magazine, with profiles of 45 tastemakers who are cooking and entertaining in a way that is beautiful, uncomplicated, and inexpensive. Each of these home cooks—artisans, bloggers, chefs, writers, bakers, crafters—has provided one to three of the recipes they most love to share with others, whether they be simple breakfasts for two, one-pot dinners for six, or a perfectly composed sandwich for a solo picnic.
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Meet the Author
Nathan Williams is the author of The Kinfolk Table and the editor in chief of Kinfolk, a lifestyle magazine published quarterly by Ouur studio. Founded in 2011, Kinfolk maintains a vibrant contributor base from Copenhagen to Cape Town and hosts hundreds of global events each year that bring the community together.
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"The Kinfolk Table" has beautiful lay-out, printing, and photographs. It is one of the most beautiful food books I have seen in years. Unfortunately, the sum of its parts do not add up to the promise of the subtitle. The recipes are skimpy and for the most part minimalist and quirky and presented in isolation one from another. For recipes for small gatherings, I would go to recent books by Nigel Slater or David Tanis. Perhaps the cover photo best illustrates the problem of the book. The beautiful print says nothing about gatherings or even particularly about food. It pulls the viewer into a kind of Magritte-like solitude. I expect to see a mirror on the wall reflecting the back of the head of subject on the cover. In fact, the photos as a whole don't relate much to food or gatherings. A lot of them look like fashion shoots, and many of them of grunge fashion, to boot. The essays about the contributors also disappoint. Williams would have done better to let them speak for themselves about food and friends, and simply edited their remarks. The reader often feel like he or she is on the outside looking in, instead of being drawn into an intimate gathering. I compare this to what happens when friends or family gather for impromptu meals in which everyone contributes. It seems like a different world. We are "into" each other and the food brings us together. There is a lingering aroma of some of that in the book, but I wish Williams and his photographer had brought us the main event.