Kinfolk #6

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The sixth issue of Kinfolk honors the holiday season as a time to celebrate the traditions we have learned with our families, and those we cultivate among friends and young families of our own: recipes for cozy weekends, ideas for venturing out-of-doors, fragrant simmer pots, a foraging guide for pine trees, and inspiration for the dark days of winter.

The issue is a collaborative project that involved many artists who contributed essays, photographs, ideas, paintings and films. The issue offers practical ideas (such as Home Uses for Evergreens, How to Be Neighborly (Gift Giving), To Build a Fire and The Perfect Cup: Aeropress), reflective essays (such as Everyday Silver, A Wayfarer’s Series and Finding Quiet in the Jungle Urbanus), a harvest essay about cranberries, an illustrated guide to evergreen foraging and many beautiful photo essays (such as My Winter Garden, Making a Tribe, Our Tree: The Graceful Evergreen and Sheep to Shawl). It also offers ideas and suggestions from experts such as Anystyle Catering, chef Jody Williams (Buvette), Pierre Jancou (Vivant Paris), the Herbert brothers (Hobbs House Bakery/Butchery) and the Mast Brothers and and recipes (such as Champurrado, Truffle Cauliflower Soup, Spiced Figs Cranberry Sauce, Blackberry Buns with Warm Vanilla Sauce and Simmer Pots), as well as our usual coverage of small gatherings and Kinfolk dinners.

“It seems like traditions naturally come with the season—sugar cookies, The Nutcracker, sledding—but there’s always someone stepping up to make them happen. This issue is our ‘thanks’ to whoever has been behind these activities for us. We’re looking back with gratitude and looking forward with ideas to try out this year like simmer pots, tree hunting, proper fire-building techniques and pine-needle teas…. We don’t all observe the same traditions, enjoy the same dishes or even call these winter holidays by the same names, but surely we share an appreciation of how these months pull us together. Cheers to that.” —Editor Nathan Williams