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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. 236, No. 6, June

Alaska in Bloom
There's a certain type of person who thrives in Alaska. Longing for a life more rugged than the Lower 48 could provide, Rita Jo Shoultz moved from Indiana to Homer, Alaska, in the 1960s, where she happily raised her family of four in a log cabin that...
Alaska in Bloom: A Band of Enterprising Farmers Are Leading Anew Kind of Gold Rush: Growing Peonies
There's a certain type of person who thrives in Alaska. Longing for a life more rugged than the Lower 48 could provide, Rita Jo Shoultz moved from Indiana to Homer, Alaska, in the 1960s, where she happily raised her family of four in a log cabin that...
Backyard Picnic
This Bay Area garden was designed for grazing. The homeowners, who are equally passionate about cooking and gardening, "had this vision of their kids wandering out and picking berries and pulling up veggies for a snack," says landscape architect Vera...
Calling All Bookworms
Warm weather means one thing: a fresh set of summer reads to discover. So for those kindred spirits paging through a Kindle poolside or cracking a spine on the shore, these are the titles that Sunset editors are devouring right now. An: To Eat--Recipes...
Camping, Elevated
IT was a friend who first told me that fire lookout towers still existed, rising like sentinels from remote peaks in the American West. Better yet, he told me that I could stay in them. So a few years back, I recruited a few friends and we packed up...
Camping, Elevated: Once Used to Spot Fires in Remote Areas, Historic Lookout Towers Are Now Available for Adventurers Who Want to Sleep Closer to the Stars
IT WAS A FRIEND who first told me that fire lookout towers still existed, rising like sentinels from remote peaks in the American West. Better yet, he told me that I could stay in them. So a few years back, I recruited a few friends and we packed up...
Dream Big
THERE ARE FEW THINGS I find more fascinating than tracing the origins of a personal passion. Everyone starts somewhere, after all--whether it's a childhood memory of helping your grandmother chop onions by the stove or an "A-ha!" moment that translates...
Garden to Tabletop
YOU MIGHT THINK the humble herb doesn't have a lot of star power. Let Caitlin Atkinson convince you otherwise. The photographer and stylist literally wrote the book on crafting with plants (Plant Craft, out from Timber Press this fall), so when her family...
Garden to Tabletop: Common Herbs Are Surprisingly Gorgeous as the Theme of This Backyard Party
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You might think the humble herb doesn't have a lot of star power. Let Caitlin Atkinson convince you otherwise. The photographer and stylist literally wrote the book on crafting with plants (Plant Crap, out from Timber Press...
In the SUNSET GARDEN
BOOK CLUBThe flower whispererThese festive marigold garlands make up one of the many moments of genius in florist Ariella Chezar's new book, The Flower Workshop (Ten Speed Press; $25). The book, coauthored with Julie Michaels, gives stepby-step instructions...
My Comfort Food
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why does a certain recipe become a favorite? Is it the tastiest, the easiest, the most beautiful? Often it's all of those things. But as six great Western cooks tell us in these pages, a favorite dish means something more--it...
New Zealand's New Style
Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs are better than ever--and still a bargain. They might be your best sip this summer. I CAN THINK of only one variety that, if tucked into a blind tasting, would be instantly recognizable by any wine dabbler who had tasted it...
Parkapalooza
A CANYON SO DEEP, wide, and vast, it's visible from outer space. Geysers so powerful, they shoot water hundreds of feet in the air. Trees so ancient, they've watched empires rise and fall. Yes, we know-treasures abound in the national parks. The only...
Parkapalooza: Two Friends Quit Their Jobs-To Become Serious National-Parks Groupies
A CANYON SO DEEP, wide, and vast, it's visible from outer space. Geysers so powerful, they shoot water hundreds of feet in the air. Trees so ancient, they've watched empires rise and fall. Yes, we know--treasures abound in the national parks. The only...
Plum Crazy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Juicy summer stone fruit is here. Our advice: Get cooking. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SPICED PLUOT JAM MAKES 4 OR 5 HALF-PINTS / 1 3/4 HOURS, PLUS 1 1/2 HOURS TO STAND Subtle seasonings and a full, plummy flavor make this...
Summer, Contained: Five Herbs to Spice Up Your Patio-And Plate
OF COURSE, it wouldn't be summer without a bushel of sweet basil growing in your garden. But the cluster of vibrant-flavored herbs shown here are just as perfect for the season. Some, like mint and cilantro, are familiar, while others--shiso, lemongrass,...
The HERBS
Grow these plants in containers with drainage holes and fresh potting soil, place in full sun, and water regularly. Harvest by pinching stems or leaves unless otherwise noted.* LEMONGRASSGROW: Just one of these lemon-scented plants, which may have originated...
The Real Echo Park
Where do you go to feel Echo Park's creative vibe?THE ECHO AND ECHOPLEXAF: It's a small venue, upstairs and downstairs, but- HR: The booker is amazing. You'll catch bands on their first or second national tour before they become humongous. AF: And the...
The Real Echo Park: To See the Coolest Parts of L.A.'S Most Creative Hood, We Followed a Filmmaker and a Writer to Their Favorite Spots
Where do you go to feel Echo Park's creative vibe? THE ECHO AND ECHOPLEX AF: It's a small venue, upstairs and downstairs, but--HR: The booker is amazing. You'll catch bands on their first or second national tour before they become humongous....
Waiting for the Sun
Everyone from Mark Twain to Oprah Winfrey has been mesmerized by its beauty. But watching dawn break and dusk fall over Maui's Haleakala National Park requires a sturdy spirit (and a thick pair of long Johns). Susan Casey takes us to the heart of the...
Weeknight Cooking
CHICKEN SCALOPPINE with MUSHROOMS SERVES 4/30 MINUTES Pounded thin, chicken thighs cook fast and stay moist. The lemony sauce is great with a side of asparagus. 4 tbsp. salted butter, divided 2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms 1 tsp....
Weeknight Cooking
CHICKEN SCALOPPINE with MUSHROOMSSERVES 4/30 MINUTESPounded thin, chicken thighs cook fast and stay moist. The lemony sauce is great with a side of asparagus.4 tbsp. salted butter, divided2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms1 tsp. lemon zest3 tbsp. lemon juice½...
Your CHECKLIST
PLANTFill bare spots in borders and beds with sturdy, colorful annuals such as cosmos, marigolds, and zinnias. Although all are easy to grow from seed, planting seedlings lets you make over your garden instantly.Indulge a love of water-guzzling plants...
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