Monday, May 26, 2014

66 Square Feet

I found a gorgeous blog. It's called 66 Sqaure Feet. It's about New York: one woman, one terrace, and twelve seasons. It's so simple and real and shows you how you can still be connected to life and nature even with a small bit of space to grow. She's got me into foraging, something we all used to do long ago. She also has a book, below, and was born in South Africa.

"66 Square Feet was the footprint of my first, tiny terrace in Brooklyn. The garden and the meals I made there inspired this blog and subsequent book.

In late 2013 we left Brooklyn because our landlord hiked the rent dramatically. The Frenchman, the woman and the cat moved to Harlem, and a new terrace.

This is a blog about gardening in tight spaces, about food and cooking over an open flame. About wine. And water. And watering...And picnics.

With pauses for foraging. And cocktail-shaking."

'South Africa–born Marie Viljoen captures the hearts of her readers as she blogs about cooking and gardening on her tiny 66-square-foot terrace in Brooklyn. Named one of the top 10 gardening blogs by Apartment Therapy and the Discovery Channel, 66 Square Feet has also been covered in the New York Times.
The book draws the reader into Viljoen’s beautiful world of unfolding city seasons as she forages through New York City and harvests from her garden to create elegant and inspiring meals that encourage the reader to pause and savor life. Each chapter is a month, and ends in the kitchen, with a menu inspired by her terrace and roof gardens, farmer’s markets, and the occasional weed. Set against a backdrop of growing up in South Africa and moving to the United States, meeting her French husband, and finding a culinary and emotional home in Brooklyn, Viljoen’s book is a love letter to living seasonally in the most famous city on the planet.

Praise for 66 Square Feet

“The book is easy to love. The photos are alluring, the typography and graphics are charming and the menus, divided by month, offer beautiful, seasonal delights.” —San Jose Mercury News'

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