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Santa Barbara's guide to what's new and undiscovered for home and garden, entertaining, style and travel. The resource guide below lists local happenings, boutique finds, travel destinations, food artisans and design professionals.

Brigit Binns Eating Up the West Coast

Brigit’s latest cookbook “Eating Up the West Coast: The best road trips, recipes, and restaurants from California to Washington” is her twenty-ninth book. With her dog, Stella, Binns visited more than 75 cafes, steakhouses, diners, upscale eateries, breakfast joints, and dives. Divided into four sections—Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington—each offers distinct routes showcasing [...]


A Taste of Ojai: A Collection of Small Plates

This recently released book by local chef Robin Goldstein shares a great little collection of 'small plates', simple to sophisticated, celebrating some of the harvests that grow plentifully in the Ojai Valley.     The thought behind this book is to present some ideas of foods that can be served as small plates for any time of [...]


Botanik Books on Design

Botanik in Summerland carries inspirational books that cover all aspects of design. A recent visit uncovers a few choice publications on current trends in interior, floral and garden design.     THE HOUSES OF VERANDA Veranda invites you to step inside the finest interiors, all decorated by the world's best and most influential designers.     GARDEN INSPIRATIONS Celebrated interior designer and renowned tastemaker [...]


Lifestyle Book Selection at Porch

Porch in Carpinteria always carries stacks of inspirational books that cover all aspects of design, plus lifestyle coffee table books and the latest and greatest cookbooks. A recent visit uncovers a few choice publications on current trends in architecture, interior and garden design and valuable information on building green.     Culinary books from local and internationally known [...]


Chaucer’s Books on Travel, Design, Cuisine

Mahri Kerley opened Chaucer’s Bookstore, located in the Loreto Plaza Shopping Center, and will be celebrating 40 years in business in November.  Chaucer’s offers great customer service and an impressive selection, housing over 150,000 books. Editor's picks during a recent visit uncovers a few choice publications on travels abroad, culinary books and current trends on [...]