Libbie Loves: Favorite Cookbooks of 2016

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I love cookbooks! I probably bought or was sent in excess of 100 this year and honestly there wasn’t one that I didn’t find redeeming in some big or small way. Having authored three of my own, I know how much time and passion goes into making a great book. Here are 9 of my favorites this year. For some reason…they all touched me in different ways! Still looking for a gift for the cook in your life? You can’t go wrong with any of these choices!

FULL DISCLOSURE, I did four recipes for The Short Stack Cookbook, but it’s not why I picked it. I love the recipes AND ABOVE ALL, I love the design.
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Working top left to right in rows.
1. The Short Stack Cookbook
2. Dorie’s Cookies
3. Dinner at the Long Table
4. Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner
5. Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes
6. Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm
7. Everything I want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking
8. Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs
9. The Edna Lewis Cookbook

Libbie Loves: Black Friday

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

It’s that day of the year…when the turkey coma wears off and you remember you haven’t purchased a single Christmas present.
Black Friday.
Here’s a little taste of all the things I’m loving this particular black Friday. All the details on them and why I’m obsessing over them below. Happy Shopping…keep cool.

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1. Michael Loafer from Repetto
Because I bought these a month ago in Paris and I can’t take them off!

2. Berlin Black Packpack from Petrushka Studio
Because how cute is this backpack that looks like a vintage purse!

3. Equipment Pajama Set from Net-A-Porter
Because this particular pair is on my Christmas list and I’m hoping another nudge will make it happen!

4. Cast Iron Baking/Pizza Pan from Lodge
Because the best way to reheat pizza is on a smoking hot cast iron pan, so I’m pretty sure baking a pizza on this pan would change my world!

5. Black Garlic Infused Sea Salt from Saltopia
Because the world is obsessed with Black Garlic right now and so am I.

6. Soft Black Herringbone Dog Collar from Mattie and Margot
Because The Bitch needs a new collar and she looks great in black.

7. Black Espresso Machine from Smeg
Because this machine not only brews a great espresso, it looks good on the counter.

8. Vintage Black Ombre Spruce Tree from hayneedle
Because I am weirdly obsessed with how cool this tree would look in the right space. I’m certain it would be the perfect tree for the fab designer April Johnston.

9. Binchotan Charcoal Standard Toothbrush from Goop
Because I tried charcoal on my teeth once before and I swear they were whiter after.


Libbie Loves: Pumpkins

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Just a few of the pumpkin-inspired things I’m crushing on this week!
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1. Because I love the artwork of Troy Wadzel.
Small Head from Troy Wadzel available at shopSCAD

2. Because I may be able to afford a pillow…but probably never a throw.
Wool and Cashmere Avalon Pillow from Hermes

3. Because the first time I had this on a warm biscuit 6 years ago I closed my eyes.
Pumpkin Butter from The Loveless Cafe

4. Because the best cookie cutters are copper.
Copper Pumpkin Cookie Cutter from Copper Gifts

5. Because Dot and Army products are hand made in Georgia!!
Linen Tea Towel with Copper Edge from Dot and Army

6. Because I’ve been making coffee on a boat with a Bialetti for years.
Orange Bialetti 6-cup Stovetop Coffee Maker

7. Because I love the scent and reuseable container of these Tom Dixon candle.
Tom Dixon London Scented Candle available at netaporter

8. Because my heritage is Osage and I always have a pair of moccasins in my closet.
Suede Moccasin Booties by Soludos available at shopbop

9. Because a girl has to dream.
Gucci Silk Bomber Jacket available at netaporter


Libbie Loves: Banana Crushes

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
A few things I’m banana crushing on this week!

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  1. Downloadable Banana Leaf Print  @Etsy
  2. Banana Door Stopper available @houzz
  3. Lole I Glow Travel Yoga Mat from @lole available  @moosejaw
  4. Banana Flambé Jam available @touchofeurope
  5. Rive Droite Lounge Chair from @patrick_norguet available @hive_modern
  6. Rachel Comey May Heel in Old Gold from @rachelcomey available @Vertandvogue
  7. Handsewn Italian Leather Driving Gloves
  8. Kip and Co X Electric Confetti Banana available @electricconfetti
  9. Vintage Jewelry found @Evergreen Antiques I’ll be giving these away tomorrow on Instagram!!!!

Libbie Loves: Apples

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Apple Season means designer plaids, furry red pillows and premium moonshine. These are a few of my favorite things.

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1. Suno Pleat Front Trouser I’m been obsessing about these plaid pants since I tried them on at Vert and Vogue a couple of weeks ago
2. The Apple Lover’s Cookbook   The only apple book to reach for. 
3. Blue Pinstripe Linen Child’s Dress  If only they made this dress in my size.
4. Barrel Backpack I love all the backpacks from The Cambridge Satchel Company
5. Vip Wingtip Boot The coolest selection of boots in the USA are at Gorsuch in Vail, Co. Period.
6. Apple Variety Tee How cute is this apple tee? So many varieties. I’d wear it with a long ball skirt!
7. Mangolian Lamb Lumbar Pillow Yes please!
8. Belle Isle Premium Moonshine Although not much of a drinker (I know shocker) I had the pleasure of doing a tasting of this Premium moonshine and my thoughts on moonshine will never be the same. So smooth and flavorful in every drink they made. Got me thinking how good it would be in a Fall cocktail.

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