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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. 180, No. 5, May

Alaska's Wild and Even Wilder Parks
Alaska's wild and even wilder parks The small Cessna skips across the river on silver floats, then lifts quickly from the water in a storm of wind and spray. Anchored to the bank by heavy packs, hikers watch as the plane circles, wags its wings,...
Art Was the Family Business
Art was the family business Some families are loaded with talent. The artistic contributions of one such Bay Area dynasty--the family of architect John Galen Howard (1864-1931)--are the subject of a major exhibit opening this month at the Oakland...
Back-Country Camps in Alameda County?
Back-country camps in Alameda County? Bay Area backpackers anxious to put their endurance to the test need look no farther than their own back yard. Back-country camps established last year along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail in Alameda County open...
Bellevue's Central Park
Bellevue's central park Can a suburb become a city? That's the question asked by many towns that find themselves sprouting office buildings. Bellevue is betting that it can, not just in terms of population and density, but in genuine urbanity as...
Can the West Grow Wisely and Well?
Can the West grow wisely and well? In May 1898, the first Sunset appeared, promising to chronicle the world of the West, "over which the dawn of future commercial and industrial importance is just beginning." Ninety years later, that dawn has given...
Chef's Salad 1988
Chef's salad 1988 Salads have highlighted Sunset's food pages since our first recipes appeared in February 1929. The sketch above expresses a salad style of earlier days. Here, we feature a modern version with brilliantly colorful ingredients; it...
Climbing Shasta
Climbing Shasta The Power of a mountain like Shasta exerts itself first on the eyes, drawing them to the summit. For many people, it tugs next at their feet. If Mount Shasta has this effect on you, you'll need to make careful preparations before...
Coasting Down Haleakala
Coasting down Haleakala Maui's terrain changes rapidly from frosty moonscapes on the volcanic heights of 10,023-foot Haleakala to sugar cane and pineapple fields near sea level. With a little planning, a pinch of courage, and about $90, you can take...
Colorful Drought-Survivors in Santa Barbara
Colorful drought-survivors in Santa Barbara Completely California is the best way to understand this garden. The house is built on the edge of a ravine in Santa Barbara, and limitations on water use are severe. Forced to be conservative with water,...
Cul-De-Sac Neighbors Put in a Permanent Short-Cut
Cul-de-sac neighbors put in a permanent short-cut Quiet streets free of traffic were certainly envisioned by the planners of this neighborhood of many cul-de-sac blocks in Irvine, California. At several points in the scheme, where newer tracts meet...
Deadheading: It Keeps Flowers Coming All Season
Deadheading: it keeps flowers coming all season Planted in borders or between shrubs, colorful bloomers like dwarf dahlias, Marigolds, and petunias add a cheerful note to summer gardens--if you give your plants the right care during bloom. Of...
Even after 48 Years, Our Chefs Can Still Come Up with a Barbecue Sauce Winner
Even after 48 years, our Chefs can still come up with a barbecue sauce winner Someone once asked Arthur Bryant, the Kansas City barbecue master, for the secret to his sauce. His forthright answer: "The secret is, nobody else knows how to make it."...
Foiling the Garbage Glut in Oregon
Foiling the garbage blut in Oregon Waste disposal sites are like maximum-security prisons and heavy-metal bands: hardly anyone wants one for a neighbor. Yet garbage must be disposed of. What to do with it has become one of the more troubling topics...
For Scenery and Solitude, for Beachcomber or Hiker, It's Trinidad
For scenery and solitude, for beachcomber or hiker, it's Trinidad Still and shrouded in mist, dazzling and brilliant in sunshine, Trinidad Bay lies 22 miles north of Eureka on California's rugged north coast. If you're seeking an untouristed seacoast...
From the Street of Italy, a Super-Size Doughnut
From the streets of Italy, a super-size doughnut These giant doughnuts from Italy were treats originally reserved for special festival days only. Now, though, street vendors hawk the nutmeg-fragrant pastries year-round. With the recipe given here,...
Garden Snails as Escargots
Garden snails as escargots Slithering through your garden, the common brown snail (Helix aspersa) is usually viewed with contempt. If you've thrown your hands up in despair of ridding your yard of these nibbling pests, it's time to take a stand....
Getting Your Hands on Art ... Two Days in Sunnyvale
Getting your hands on art . . . two days in Sunnyvale A whirlwind introduction to the arts: that's what children will find at Hands on the Arts, a free two-day festival in Sunnyvale, northwest of San Jose. The event, held May 21 and 22, will offer...
Good Canoeing Again on the Russian River
Good canoeing again on the Russian River It's a classic place for family canoeing: the wide, mild-mannered, not-too-cold Russian River, just an hour and a half north of San Francisco. But in recent years, the river has suffered some highly publicized...
Growth Initiative Coming Your Way?
Growth initiative coming your way? Of all Western voters, Californians have tried hardest to manage growth through ballot initiatives: 75 in 1987, according to the California Association of Realtors. Seventy percent of the growth control measures...
Holland's Easy on Bike Travelers
Holland's easy on bike travelers Though it's only 120 miles wide and 200 miles long, Holland has 6,000 miles of bicycle lanes--and many more of quiet country roads to explore by bicycle. In fact, this mostly flat country seems perfectly suited...
Home Entertainment Equipment: What's New?
Home entertainment equipment: what's new? Analog or digital--which sounds better to you? Does your television minitor have an RGB input? How many lines of horizontal resolution can you get off your laser disk? And just where did you hide your...
How Can a Computer Help You in the Garden?
How can a computer help you in the garden? Can computers help you be a better gardener? Will the future find floppy disks hanging next to your rake and shovel in the garden shed? That's what we wanted to find out, so we ran a query in the February...
How Does He Get Toys Up to His Loft? with a Dumbwaiter
How does he get toys up to his loft? With a dumbwaiter A dumbwaiter for toys takes the burden out of Colin Reingold's climb to his play loft. Since he needs two hands to get up and down the laddr, he can't carry his toys safely. This problem was...
How to Read Your Soil's Mind
How to read your soil's mind When you water your lawn is usually determined by intuition, whim, or habit. With a moisture sensor, you can know exactly when water is really necessary. If you have automatic sprinklers, you can use sensors to override...
If You Need More Reasons to Visit Hearst Castle
If you need more reasons to visit Hearst Castle William Randolph Hearst liked to refer to San Simeon as "The Ranch," but the opulent grandeur of his hilltop hideaway might have drawn the envy of Kublai Khan. The ultimate expression of the legendary...
In Los Angeles, a Water Guzzler Becomes a Water Saver ... and Gains Privacy
In Los Angeles, a water guzzler becomes a water saver . . . and gains privacy From water guzzler to water saver, this 45-by 75-foot front garden in Westwood, California, underwent a major transformation --as the three photographs at left prove. Along...
In Napa Valley, a Classic California Garden That Looks, Sounds, and Smells Mediterranean
In Napa Valley, a classic California garden that looks, sounds, and smells Mediterranean A classic California landscape of Mediterranean heritage best describes the gardens JackChandler designed for his home in Rutherford, California. Borrowing...
Keeping Some of Marin Rural
Keeping some of Marin rural The rolling dairylands of west Marin County virtually define the word pastoral. They're productive, too--by some estimates, feeding cattle three times as efficiently as average California range. Still, these hills were...
Mountain Men and Muzzle-Loaders, Trail Towns and Tepees
Mountain men and muzzle-loaders, trail towns and tepees There's romance still to arriving at Santa Fe's Plaza by street signs that announce "Old Santa Fe Trail." In the shaded plaza, a stone monument marks the end of the trail. The old roads still...
New Ways to Save Pasadena's Past
New ways to save Pasadena's past Is the conflict between historic preservation and growth irreconcilable? In cities with a distinct architectural character, such as Pasadena, the answer seems to be that such a marriage takes extra effort. Pasadena...
Number One Summer Annual? Impatiens, in Many Forms
Number one summer annual? Impatiens, in many forms Always popular, impatiens now ranks as the best-selling bedding plant in the West. Forbright color in shady spots, no plant does better. It blooms from warm weather until frosts; in mild-winter...
Painless Botany Lesson: Growing Peanuts
Painless botany lesson: growing peanuts "For the fun of it!" That's what gardeners told us when we asked why they grew peanuts. And most dedicated peanut growers said home-grown ones taste fresher than purchased kinds, too. They're also a great...
Planning a Trip to Alaska's Wilderness Parks
Planning a trip to Alaska's wilderness parks Time, effort, and money are what it takes to plan a worthwhile trip to any of Alaska's 13 new or expanded national parks and preserves (cover story, page 120). You don't have to be a hairy-chested mountain...
Pleasanton's Plan Faces the Future
Pleasanton's plan faces the future On Main Street in Pleasanton, California, an East Bay city of 45,000, you're charmed by the false-front appeal of an old ranching town. On Hopyard Avenue, a mile away, you glimpse the future: gleaming office parks...
Prefab Trusses Give Dramatic Volumes, Clear Spaces
Prefab trusses give dramatic volumes, clear spaces Under one roof, especially one as simple and straightforward as this, you might expect to find a simple, straightforward-- maybe even dull--floor plan. The picture at right shows this is clearly...
Previewing California Parks-That-Could-Be
Previewing California parks-that-could-be Hoping in one fiscal swoop to augment California's parks and open space reserves, a coalition of environmentalists, conservationists, and business organizations --plus hundreds of thousands of citizen petitioners--qualified...
Sandwich, Cabbage Salad, Meatballs .. All with Norwegian Cheese
Sandwich, cabbage salad, meatballs . . all with Norwegian cheese From the dairies of Norway come three cheeses, each with special properties well suited to these dishes. Most familiar is jarlsberg, with its pale golden color and shiny holes. Similar...
Sourdough
Sourdough Since gold mining days, sourdough has been a Western staple, delighting generations with its tangy flavor in breads, pancakes, and other baked foods. Sourdough has been a standby at Sunset, too, from the first recipes published in 1933...
Sourdough: Readers Share Favorite Recipes
SOURDOUGH Readers share favorite recipes "I am not convinced that eating sourdough bread and pancakes will contribute to longer life, but I am certain life will be more pleasant," wrote Fritz Bell from Hamilton, Montana. Many readers expressed similar...
The 1988 Picture at Yellowstone
The 1988 picture at Yellowstone The timeless beauty of Yellowstone National Park never changes, but some of its features do--naturally. Others might be altered by man as part of park management. Here are some of the most apparent changes in the...
The Pacific as Our Future, Viewed from the West and Australia
The Pacific as our future, viewed from the West and Australia The continuing economic growth of the Pacific Rim is no surprise to Westerners. For many years, immigrants from around the Pacific Basin have enriched and vitalized our lives. Sunset's...
Tough Decisions for San Diego
Tough decisions for San Diego In medieval Europe, cities announced a civic coming of age with the construction of a cathedral. American cities trumpet their climb to the big time by hosting a Super Bowl. San Diego did just that this year. But...
Tropical Tough Guy
Tropical tough guy Exotic and tangy-sweet, the flavor of pineapple guava fruit may remind you of a tropical paradise. But the native Brazilian plant (Feijoa sellowiana) is actually a very hardy (12| to 115|) subtropical evergreen shrub or small tree...
Under Meringue, Inside Chocolate ... Strawberry Stunners
Under meringue, inside chocolate . . . strawberry stunners Wonderful on their own, strawberries are stunning with a little embellishment to spotlight their beauty and flavor. A cloud of soft meringue floats on a bed of warm, orange-flavored berries...
What Now for Built-In Barbecues?
What now for built-in barbecues? Move over, steaks, chicken legs, and hamburgers! They've had the barbecue pretty much to themselves all this time, but a whole new set of smoky aromas is wafting from barbecue centers. It's time to make way for pizza,...
What's Ahead for Sunset and the West?
What's ahead for Sunset and the West? Some historians might dispute this, but experts we've talked to make a strong case that the West has changed more dramatically over the last 90 years than has any other region of the country. The West has gone...
Where the Model Yachts Are Sailing
Where the model yachts are sailing Rails down, driven by the wind, the fleet of sailboats knifing through the sparkling water looks like any West Coast regatta. Only here, the boats are only a few feet long, have no crew, are radio-controlled, and...
Yesterday-Tomorrow Remodels
Yesterday-tomorrow remodels Western growth in this century demanded fast action to house newcomers seeking affordable single-family homes. The merchant builder answered the call. On these six pages, we look at examples of three types of merchant-built...
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