What Was Sunset Up to 100 Years Ago?

Since this is the last week of my summer internship here at Sunset, I got started thinking about all the history behind this 116-year-old publication. Where was the first garden we planted? What was the first recipe we published? When did we first profile a Western home? And who illustrated the beautiful vintage covers?

A Visit to Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Heading to the Big Island? If you’re interested in food, agriculture, and old Hawaii, be sure to catch the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. It was fun to see the way coffee used to be grown and processed, but the compelling part for me was the stories the docents told of the everyday life of the Uchida family, the Japanese-American farmers […]

One Sofa, Three Looks

If you asked me what I’ve learned after eight years of interviewing designers, I’d tell you what they’ve all told me: Buy a neutral sofa so you can switch out pillows every time you want a new color scheme. That sounds awesome, but I’m a visual person, so earlier this year, I asked L.A. designer Amber Lewis to school me. She […]

Kitchen Tip: How to Scrape and Use Whole Vanilla Beans

One of the recipes being tested in the Sunset test kitchen this week is for vanilla pastry cream. The recipe calls for “half a vanilla bean, scraped,” and this caused a few questions for clarification from our re-testers. I thought I’d take a moment to explain what this means.