Christopher Spitzmiller is known to his many friends and Instagram fans as the ultimate weekend farmer, who raises his own chicks, grows his own flowers, and puts up his own jam, cider, and honey. In his first book, he treats readers to a full year at his country retreat, Clove Brook Farm.
Organized into four sections by season, the book begins with spring: the lilacs and apple blossoms, the dovecote with Indian fantail pigeons, Easter lunch, with daffodils and porcelain, and Spitzmiller's recipe for rhubarb pie. Summer brings hydrangeas, dahlias, readying the chickens for the Dutchess County Fair, and a garden cocktail party. Fall focuses on collecting, cider making, an orchard luncheon and a Thanksgiving table, honey-gathering, and planting bulbs. Winter closes the book with holiday decorating, gilding allium, a holiday buffet, and homemade gifts.
Filled with tips on creating beautiful seasonal flower arrangements, living with animals, and garden planning, this is a wonderful resource and gift for anyone longing for farmstead living.
- 240 pages with tons of color photos
8.9 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
- English text
- Published by Rizzoli
"Divided into four seasons, the book offers advice, information and inspiration on everything from cooking and baking...to planting bulbs, living with animals, flower arranging, stylish entertaining and much more!" —QUINTESSENCE.COM
"Best New Design Books roundup: Spend A Year at Clove Brook Farm and witness the seasons shift at the Dutchess County, New York, estate of ceramist and gardener extraordinaire Christopher Spitzmiller." —ELLE DECOR.COM
"If we can't visit designer Christopher Spitzmiller's Clove Brook Farm, at least we can bask in its splendor with this must-have coffee table book, which is broken down by season and combines gorgeous photography with Spitzmiller's thoughts on design, entertaining, cooking, and rules for living well. Don't believe us? Spitzmiller's friend and fan Martha Stewart wrote the foreword." —TOWNANDCOUNTRY.COM
"Though he makes it seem effortless, a tremendous amount of thoughtful research, intense planning, and actual sweat and tears go into each undertaking, and his knowledge, whether related to pottery, cooking, gardening, or animal husbandry, is clearly reflected in the completed projects. I have enjoyed following the thousands of steps Chris took to conceptualize, create, and finally realize this beautiful book and the life depicted herein, and I am looking forward to the next great steps he takes in whatever directions his insatiable curiosity and hard work take him." — Martha Stewart
About the Authors
Christopher Spitzmiller's lamps, tableware, and other ceramics are found in every chic A-list interior, including the White House, and featured in celebrated publications including Architectural Digest and the Wall Street Journal. He is on the board of the Garden Conservancy and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.
Martha Stewart is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the author of many, many books.
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