Magazine article Sunset

A New Sunset

Magazine article Sunset

A New Sunset

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For as long as I can remember, Sunset has been a part of my life. My parents both moved to the West from colder areas of the country, and when I was growing up in Los Angeles, the magazines, cookbooks, and iconic Sunset Western Garden Book were always on display in our house to remind us-as if we needed reminding-of how lucky we were to live in the most beautiful place on Earth.

Sunset has certainly evolved throughout its 120-year history, but its deep roots in the region remain unchanged. In its early days, it was a Western travelogue; then a literary forum for iconic writers such as Jack London, Dashiell Hammett, and Sinclair Lewis, as well as a platform for conservationists like John Muir to drive social change. During the era of the Lane family ownership (1928-1990), the brand became synonymous with a "constant stream of new ideas in the art of living." The former Menlo Park campus, designed by architect Cliff May in 1950, was in fact known as the Laboratory of Western Living, with gardens planted to mimic major climate zones and a test kitchen that helped make Mexican food mainstream. …

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