Sunset

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. 238, No. 4, 2017

A Perfect Day in Davis, Ca
SINCE THE 1960S, sweeping agricultural landscapes and a faculty of famed artists at the University of California, Davis, have inspired painters and sculptors who have set up shop here in this college town. Today, galleries, lively restaurants, and public...
A-Plus Revival
The first time Jason and Laura O'Dell checked out a mouse-friendly, woebegone 1963 A-frame at the edge of Big Bear Lake, they swept their two young kids into their arms so they wouldn't touch anything. Yet as fans of the iconic architectural style, the...
A Shop of Your Own
"THIS WINE IS giving me a taste memory of a taste I've never even had!" says Nino Padova, rather mysteriously. The memory, apparently, is of sitting with his grandfather in Italy, drinking marsala. In fact, the wine we're sipping is slightly oxidized,...
Dig into Spring
AT THE HEIGHT of California's drought, Sue Smith and Georganne Rosenberger did everything they could think of to save water at their Albany, California, home-including letting their front lawn die. "It was the Zeitgeist," says Smith. "Everyone was doing...
In the SUNSET KITCHEN
MICROWAVE COOKING HACKSWhen it comes to smart home devices (see page 54), don't underestimate the good old microwave. Some of our favorite ways to use it go way beyond reheating leftovers.LIGTHING-FAST JAMYou don't need any canning equipment to make...
Lasagna by the Layers
Does your lasagna slide apart when you cut it? Is it limp and wet? And does it taste sort of... blah?There's a cure for your lasagna woes, says Thomas McNaughton, chef and co-owner of Flour + Water in San Francisco (and several other Bay Area restaurants...
Local Motion
WHEN I FIRST CAME TO L.A. as a tourist, it sucked," says Giorgia Ori, walking alongside rush-hour gridlock and looking every bit the opposite of a tourist in her silk black jumper and army jacket. "But I've figured out the trick," she adds. "You have...
Plugged In
AT THE ENTRANCE to Cornerstone Sonoma, where the Sunset Test Gardens and Outdoor Kitchen are located, a sweet little cottage with a white picket fence beckons visitors like something out of a Thornton Wilder novel. Brides often rent it when they book...
Smell-Good Greenery
THE RED OR WHITE geraniums you'll find at garden stores everywhere have a reputation for being reliable-and boring. Brush by a scented geranium, however, and you'll be intrigued. The diverse Pelargonium genus includes more than 140 varieties known for...
Spring Awakening
The first time I tried Joshua MacFadden's cooking wasn't at his acclaimed Portland restaurant, Ava Gene's, butappropriately enough-in a lush field outside the city. The event was a private farm dinner, and as course after course of vegetable-centric...
The Fab Life
while visiting New Zealand with their three kids, Grant and Shaya Kirkpatrick fell in love with what the locals call the bach lifestyle. "We'd see Kiwis pack up their car, throw a kayak on the roof, and head out to a rural cottage to spend the weekend,"...
The Future Is Here
If you're feeling outsmarted by smarthome technology these days, you're not alone. While the Internet of Things is intended to simplify life, the vast number of options can be intimidating. We get it: In fact, we're currently hard at work designing what...
The Promised Land
ONE RULE OF NIPTON LIVING is that you never try to outshout the train. The noise might not seem so deafening closer to civilization, but in this Mojave Desert town, 60 miles south of Las Vegas, silence holds dominion. On my first visit there last year,...
Weeknight Cooking
SAVORY SPRING GALETTESERVES 6 / 45 MINUTESLighter than a quiche, this seasonal galette can be baked ahead and reheated, making it especially handy for a midweek dinner party.2 tbsp. unsalted butter1 cup chopped leeks (about 2 medium leeks)5 large thyme...
Your CHECKLIST
PLANTEarly In the month, sow seeds of quick-to-harvest coolseason vegetables such as carrots, mesclun lettuces, radishes, and spinach. Late in the month, sow seeds of summer crops such as beans, corn, and squash.Hold off on planting tomato starts until...
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