How much would you pay for a used set of Le Creuset pots and pans? What if that set had been owned by Joan Didion?
Someone will have the chance to make that call for themselves when the writer’s estate goes up for auction on November 16. Auction house Stair has made the entire catalog of items available to peruse online. Didion’s vintage flame-colored, six-piece Le Creuset set is estimated to go for between $800 and $1,200, which is actually less than this new five-piece set from Williams-Sonoma, which has none of the attached history.
It’s not the only kitchen item up for sale. Didion, along with being a luminary of 20th-century literature, was also reportedly a dedicated home cook and entertainer. And so along with tons of art and furniture, there are multiple sets of fancy china (this one’s my favorite), flatware, cut glass barware, a 12-piece set of pink dessert cups. Unsurprisingly, the estate also contains many, many books, including dozens of cookbooks separated by type. And if that well-loved Le Creuset set feels a little steep, this collection of six California-themed cookbooks might be an equally, or especially, meaningful acquisition for the Didion fan who cooks.
Coasters from Backdrop and coming Soon, the Made In x Milk Bar baking dish, Fishwife's Rainbow Trout Jerky Gems, and the new Staff baster.
Eater SF profiled Alfred Ramos, the “go-to apron guy” for many San Francisco restaurants and bars. Those aprons — hand-sewn in cotton and leather — are also available for nonindustry folk to purchase at Stagger Lee Goods. And now the company also makes small leather goods, like wallets and coasters.
Milk Bar and Christina Tosi have dropped two collaborations in one week. First, Tosi partnered with ceramicist Jono Pandolfi on this pretty pink cookie tray. Every order includes a recipe from Tosi’s new book, All About Cookies, also out this week.
The second collab option for Milk Bar fans comes in the form of a Milk Bar-branded baking dish from Made In.
Staff — the brand that takes mundane objects, like toilet plungers and clothes hangers, and makes them fun (typically by throwing on some bright colors and a quirky smiley face) — has applied this treatment to a new
turkey baster. Get it for an upcoming Friendsgiving.
Coming Soon, one of my favorite design shops and, notably, a Staff stockist, partnered with paint company Backdrop on a set of resin coasters
in a bright yellow-orange shade they’re calling “Color of the Year,” a sendup of the annual Pantone tradition.
Fishwife’s latest tinned offering is Rainbow Trout Jerky Gems, actually bite-sized bits of smoked rainbow trout tenderloin.
Now that Halloween is over, we’re officially in the midst of
gift guide season. Dip a toe in with this one from Eater Dallas, which has some nice ideas even if you don’t live in that city.
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