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August 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Bon Appetit"

Talking Turkey

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It’s hard to believe for those of us still shaking off the tumult of fashion week, but Thanksgiving is around the corner. It’s never too soon to start preparing—and this year, you can make the feast that designer Billy Reid does with his family down in Florence, Alabama. For the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appétit, Reid invited the magazine to his adopted hometown, to shoot, stuff, and savor his usual repast.

The shooting didn’t work out, Reid and Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport explained last night at a less traditional, but no less festive dinner to celebrate the issue at Peels in New York.(March, when the story was shot, isn’t hunting season.) Rapoport revealed that when he made the jump from GQ to the cooking magazine, Reid was one of the first fashion types he and executive editor Christine Muhlke dreamed of bringing into their new pages. Reid, for his part, just laughed and helped himself to a platter fried chicken. It may not have been the classic Thanksgiving fare, but the designer revealed it is the sort of thing you’ll find at his house’s celebration. For the magazine article, Reid’s friend, John Currence, drummed up a Cajun-spiced bird, but the customary Reid house entrée is deep fried.

Photo: David X. Prutting/ BFAnyc.com

At The Table With The Missonis

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The first issue of Bon Appetit under new editor in chief Adam Rapoport’s direction promises, via coverline, to teach you to Cook Like A (Real) Italian. No arguing with the real Italians inside, a few of who appear more often in fashion glossies than cooking books. For his fully redesigned debut, Rapoport—the skinny-jean wearing former style editor of GQ—got the Missonis.

“When I was doing fashion, I loved food, and now that I’m kind of doing food, I don’t want to forget about the style and lifestyle elements,” Rapoport said yesterday, in anticipation of tonight’s launch (the issue and its content are now live on BonAppetit.com; hard copies hit newsstands next Tuesday). “I always kind of felt that a good life was a well-rounded life.”

The Missoni clan is famous for their elaborate post-show dinners in Milan, which is where, under the auspices of his GQ gig, Rapoport first met them. For May’s Italian-themed issue, they made perfect sense. Rosita, Tai, Angela, Teresa, and the rest were shot by Alexia Silvagni, and share their family recipes, like baked whole fish with potatoes and lemons, and Tai’s shrimp salad. “The Missoni family, they’re a big fashion famiglia, but they also are a typical Italian family,” Rapoport explained. “They eat together, they’re tightly knit. Rosita, the matriarch, she really knows food and ingredients. She’s got firm opinions about it like a lot of Italian nonnas do.”

There’s no divorcing fashion and food, at least in this family—the clan cooks, drinks, and entertains (at least for magazine-shoot purposes) in full Missoni-knit regalia. And that, Rapoport said, is exactly the point. “Food is about not only the restaurant you’re going to, but who you’re going to the restaurant with, what you’re going to wear, who you’re inviting for dinner… it’s all those things, it’s everything in addition to the meal that makes a great meal.” He was tight-lipped about the next fashionable meal on his docket, but let slip that a Thanksgiving story with a designer is already in the works.

Photos: Alexia Silvagni

James Franco: The Magazine, Bergdorf’s Invests In Beagles, Aggy’s Back, And More…

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Missed the latest James Franco episode of General Hospital? L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art has printed up its own Franco-ized Soap Digest, called Soap at MOCA, to fill you in. Only $9.99! [MOCA Store via Hint Mag]

Aggy’s back! Miss Deyn returns to the edit pages in September’s V, where she lounges on the streets in a spread inspired by that onetime New York punk enclave St. Marks Place. Keep an eye out for spiking Cheetos sales. [V]

Cheetos, however, will likely not be on the menu at the café Bon Appétit is setting up at Lincoln Center for fashion week. Pastries from Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, Stumptown coffee, small plates from Mario Batali, and lunch from The Lion’s John DeLucie, however, are slated to be on the menu. [WWD]

Bergdorf Goodman has invested in some unlikely new security guards: a pack of beagles, which patrol the store periodically in search of bedbugs. [WWD]

And here’s one place jersey’s not a dirty word: cutting-edge NYC boutique Seven, where owner Joseph Quartana says jersey items (like those from Complex Geometries and Claude Maus) are flying off the shelves. Alert the Snooki! [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of the MOCA Store