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Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 199, No. 4, October

A Spirited Loaf
The gates between the dead and the living swing open in Mexico from October 31 through November 2. And the merrymaking of Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is noteworthy for its blend of whimsy and the macabre. Paths of marigold petals lead to...
Basic Gear for Birding
FIELD GUIDES. Three favorites of expert birders: Field Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.,' 1987; $21). Detailed illustrations and helpful organization, with bird portraits and range maps. The Peterson...
Big Island Sanctuary
Escape to the south Kona Coast for beautiful views, ancient history, and - of course - plenty of great coffee "This is a place of refuge, an ancient sanctuary for Hawaiians, and it is the only one left intact in the Hawaiian Islands," says Iris Napaepae-Kunewa...
Big Island Sanctuary
Escape to the south Kona Coast for beautiful views, ancient history, and-of course-plenty of great coffee This is a place of refuge, an ancient sanctuary for Hawaiians, and it is the only one left intact in the Hawaiian Islands," says Iris Napaepae-Kunewa...
Bird by Bird
An account of a friendly wager - and where to go, what to bring, and how to enjoy the grand art of birding You may have an image of birders as slightly odd characters dressed like Marlin Perkins and sloshing about in mushy terrain with huge binoculars...
Colors of Oaxaca
From Zapotec ruins to indigenous folk art to the life-affirming pageantry of the Day of the Dead, Oaxaca is Mexico's most enchanting city Piled high with bunches of marigolds and cockscombs, the flower trucks arrive outside the Mercado de Abastos as...
Don't Forget Cabernet Sauvignon
I once asked a well-known chef why she didn't serve roast chicken. Her roast chicken, it should be added, was extraordinary. She had, in fact, spent more than a decade perfecting it. But just at her moment of mastery, diners in the restaurant decided...
Gourmet Daze
There was a time when gourmet really meant something in a restaurant. Waiters didn't swoop up with a big smile and say, "My name is Amy" or "Andy." Nor did they wear Nicole Miller ties or Ralph Lauren shirts. They wore tuxedos, even white gloves, and...
Horseshoe Canyon, Utah
The lure of seeing rock etchings and paintings more than 2,000 years old drew us into Horseshoe Canyon, an annex of Canyonlands National Park. After a mile-long, 800-foot descent, we strolled along a sandy wash, our pace increasing as we approached the...
Idaho Mountain High
HONOR AWARD CHARLES ANDERSON ARCHITECT, SEATTLE Great architecture is a kind of sorcery that weaves structure, materials, and site into a compelling and seemingly inevitable whole. Here, on a wild and remote ridge overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in northern...
Open House
A FOUNTAIN OF HER OWN Re: "A Little Water Music," June, page 78. Here's a snapshot [shown at right] of my new fountain. As you can see, I used a different kind of pot than the strawberry pot in your photo. Tips for anyone else making one: use plenty...
Raiders of the Lost City
* John Parker kneels and scoops sand with cupped hands. "Ahh," he says. "The sphinx's paw." It is a moment of some drama, a moment that, were this a silent film, might be succeeded by a subtitle - "If these stones could speak!" - then a dissolve to...
Reinventing the Casserole
Labor-saving steps, ready-to-cook convenience, and contemporary foods can make your next party a breeze * A casserole for a party? If you still equate casseroles with canned tuna, potato chips, and unidentifiable ingredients, it's time to take a second...
Security Sampler
SMART IDEAS FOR A HIGH-TECH HOME * The facts are frightening: in the United States a residential burglary occurs about every 12 seconds; nearly half of all burglaries are committed through unlocked doors and windows; burglars usually go straight to the...
Smart Trees for Fall Planting
The right trees in the right place will give you summer shade, winter sunlight, and energy savings There's a shade tree revolution going on in the West. The battle cry is "Plant trees to conserve energy." And even though public utility companies - striving...
Sonoma County Rambles
Three country drives that lead you to the region's best meals, produce, and wine * A red tractor chugs along the crest of tawny hills speckled with sheep and black-faced goats. Bins overflowing with red peppers and fat tomatoes line produce stands...
The Enchanted Road
Folk art, petroglyphs, and Pueblo ruins lie between Albuquerque and Las Cruces in New Mexico Seeing New Mexico from the interstate is a .bit like reading the Cliff Notes for Lady Chatterley's Lover, the novel by onetime state resident D. H. Lawrence:...
The Garden Cook
GROWING THE FRESHEST PRODUCE FOR USE IN THE KITCHEN Delicious lavenders * I've always felt a special affinity for lavender. Its heady sweet scent is my favorite floral perfume, and the soft color of the blossoms and the gray-green of the foliage are...
Thermal Dynamics
The ins and outs of Montana's hot springs The story of Montana's hot springs is the story of Montana itself. When the tectonic plates collided and buckled to form the rugged spine of the Rocky Mountains, gravity forced water down the network of fault...
The Wine Guide
Don't forget Cabernet Sauvignon * I once asked a well-known chef why she didn't serve roast chicken. Her roast chicken, it should be added, was extraordinary. She had, in fact, spent more than a decade perfecting it. But just at her moment of mastery,...
What's Wrong with My Compost?
Answers from an expert Why does my compost smell bad?" "What are those ugly maggots in my compost?" If your compost pile prompts questions like these, you're not alone. Many beginning composters wonder what's causing problems in their piles. Meghan Starkey,...
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