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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. 232, No. 5, May

2014 Guide to the Joy of Camping
Are you an absolute beginner? Ready to camp with the kids? Whatever your skill set, this guide will make you a better camper than you've ever dreamed of. And we'll show you 30 ideal places in the West to follow your personal call of the wild. HEAVEN...
All Fired Up
IF SUNSET HAD a blooper reel, last year's Debacle of the Adobe Oven would be its undisputed star. It started innocently enough. Food editors Margo True and Elaine Johnson wanted to update Sunset's directions on a classic DIY project: using earth...
A Perfect Day in Los Alamos, CA: A Former Stagecoach Stop in Santa Barbara County Is Back on the Map with New Watering Holes and Farm-to-Table Cafes
Bankable meals Angelenos have long made the 140-mile drive north to taste wine in Los Alamos's backyard. (Hollywood famously made the trip too; the 2005 hit Sideways was filmed here.) But it wasn't until Full of Life Flatbread opened in 2003 that...
Ask Sunset
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT LIFE IN THE WEST? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS. Q: I'm planning a road trip, and I'd like to visit Southern California's best clean, swimmable beaches. Snorkeling would be heaven too! --CAROLYN DEROO, OAKLAND DEAR CAROLYN For the...
Best of the West: Our 12 Favorite Things This Month
1 MAIZE CRAZE The garden world's gone wild for a multicolored ornamental corn called 'Glass Gem'. It was brought to market in 2012 by Tucson nonprofit Native Seeds/ SEARCH, which last year had a wait list of 7,500 orders. Seed kernels were being...
Beyond Curry: Explosively Flavorful and Addictively Snackable, Indian Street Food Is the West's Newest Edible Phenomenon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The throng of customers around the little cart drew me in. One night years ago in Delhi, near the Red Fort, I inched my way to the front of the crowd and ordered a snack from a street vendor. He handed me a steel plate--a...
Bright Now: Previously Dark and Cluttered, This 40-Year-Old California Rambler Is Finally Cast in Its Best Light
WHEN JOAN AND FRANK MAXWELL decided to update their 1970s rambler in Orinda, they weren't thinking beyond the kitchen. Known for her elaborate dinner parties, Joan was tired of cooking in such a dark, cramped space. "I spent so much time in there alone,"...
Counting Inches
"This room was all about maximizing the tiny space we had. We had no room to spread out." --AYA BRACKETT MOST PEOPLE begin a renovation with a stack of inspiration photos. When photographer Aya Brackett and her husband added a second bedroom...
Fresh Start: By Ditching the Lawn and Turning Their Yard into a Series of Outdoor Rooms, a Couple Finds Themselves Living Alfresco
As Liz and Peter Keenan can attest, downsizing can have its upside. Four years ago, with their teenage daughter, the couple moved from their large home--which had a pool and sprawling lawn--to a smaller house in their Pacific Palisades, California,...
Homes Away from Home
CALLIE HULSLANDER COOPER, 45, and her sister, Cristin Hulslander, 43, hoped to surprise their parents with a family trip to Hawaii in December. "We knew we wanted something private," Cooper says, "something unique--not your typical hotel or resort."...
In the Sunset Garden
KNOW-HOW Veggies in dry times Can you still grow summer edibles, even during a drought? Yes--just plan carefully. Here's how we do it in our Test Garden. KEEP BEDS SMALL Plant only as many crops as you'll eat. Our curved raised bed, measuring...
In the Sunset Kitchen
EASY IMPROV Breakfast Revelation The first time we tried Marge Granola--a small-batch variety made in Seattle--we knew we were in it for more than a handful. Now its creator, Megan Gordon, shares her granola-making wisdom in the new cookbook...
Nopales for Newbies: Get Past the Prickly Parts, and You'll He Hooked on Cactus's Lemony Flavor
GRILLED STEAK and NOPALES SALAD SERVES 4/ 1 1/4 HOURS Nopales pads are ideal for this citrusy salad because they can be grilled, but you can also use pieces and saute them (see step 1 of quesadillas recipe, page 92). 3 medium nopales pads (12 oz....
Take It Outside: From Our New Great Outdoors Cookbook, These Recipes Are Grilling Game Changers
AT SUNSET, you'll find us cooking outside just about as often as inside. That's how our food editors have worked for more than a century, firing up campfire dinners, backyard barbecues, and cookouts at the beach--all in the name of story development....
The Real North Beach: In San Francisco's Neighborhood of Poets, Thinkers, and Coffee Drinkers, Two Locals Show Us the Beat
Where's the heart of North Beach? JERRY CIMINO: I do walking tours, and the first place we go is City Lights bookstore. In my mind, it's the best bookstore on the planet. There's a good chance you'll see owner-poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti there; he's...
Weeknight Cooking: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
RICOTTA and PEA PASTA SERVES 4/25 MINUTES We are big fans of frozen peas because they're often better than fresh--and they take no time to cook. Thaw them right before you need them so they don't get wrinkly. 1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. kosher salt 1...
Wine-List Confidential: A New Kind of Sommelier Takes the Pressure out of Navigating a Restaurant's Wine Collection
I'VE KNOWN MANY MOMENTS of wine-list dread. The tome is passed my way, with a mandate to pick a bottle that will make everyone at the table (and their wallets) happy. The sommelier bears down, sizing me up as a customer. My wine-editor cred is on the...
Your Checklist
GARDEN WE LOVE Light touch This verdant San Francisco yard doesn't need much water. Its secret: hardy Mediterranean plants and permeable paving. Screens of English laurel (Primus laurocerasus) provide privacy, while a 50-year-old olive tree shades...
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