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Essential Reads

The latest gardens, entertaining, and interiors book releases
Beatrix Farrand spent the last three-and-a-half years of her life at Garland Farm, where she created her final garden. The design reflects her deep knowledge of Maine horticulture.

As the only female founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Beatrix Farrand is remembered as one of the most significant landscape architects of the early 20th century. Throughout her career, she created grand gardens for some of the country’s most prominent families, including the Rockefellers, the Harknesses, and the Blisses. Farrand may be best known for her design of the landscape at Dumbarton Oaks, a once-private residence that now serves as a research center for Harvard University surrounded by a naturalistic park. To celebrate Farrand’s influence on succeeding generations of women in the field, landscape historian Judith B. Tankard highlights the designer’s finest works, many of which are currently being studied, restored, and opened to the public.

Beatrix Farrand: Garden Artist, Landscape Architect by Judith B. Tankard (Monacelli, March 2022), $60
The home of fashion-industry veterans Martin and Karen Cooper, featured in At Home with Designers and Tastemakers, is named B'ellow for its "Big Yellow" buttery glow.

Co-producers of the popular “At Home With” video series on their Quintessence YouTube channel, Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes team up to give readers an inside look at the homes of top designers and tastemakers. These interiors are not only full of inspirational ideas and creativity, but they also give us insights into the personal style and passions of the creatives behind them. Featured homes include those of designer John Robshaw, photographer Pieter Estersohn, and chef Lulu Powers.

At Home with Designers and Tastemakers by Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes (Rizzoli, March 2022), $50

When it comes to how we entertain, many of us rely on the traditions and lessons we learned from watching our own mothers and grandmothers welcome guests into their homes. Lifestyle expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke explore this theme by featuring 34 style-setters who share how they embrace their heritage for entertaining, whether it’s incorporating a recipe passed down through generations or blending inherited dinnerware into their modern tablescapes. Tip boxes throughout also help readers replicate the ideas and create their own family traditions.

A Loving Table by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Shelley Johnstone Paschke (Gibbs Smith, April 2022), $55

Socialites Nancy Astor and Nancy Lancaster were known as two of Britain’s most influential party-givers. A collaboration between descendants of both women, this book features original photography highlighting many of  the sophisticated menus, interior décor, table settings, and flower arrangements that were hallmarks of the women’s English Country style. Readers are also treated to 75 of their classic recipes, along with a handful of previously unseen family photographs.

Entertaining in Style: Nancy Astor and Nancy Lancaster by Jane Churchill and Emily Astor (Rizzoli, February 2022), $40

By Julie Gillis