The new year has started with some great issues of some of my favorite magazines. The latest issue of Garden and Gun is full of things I love - music, food, great photography, profiles of craftsmen and artists, and great writing.
I have always felt a little like an imposture as a subscriber to this magazine. Though I don't live in the South, there is something about this magazine that really hits home. I originally bought an issue because it caught my eye and since that first issue, I have fallen in love with it month after month.
This version brought me a lot of inspiration - new music to download, restaurants to try in Chicago (since this isn't a Southern city, that might be my biggest surprise), and a heartwarming article about a family and their dog.
Meet Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. She is from country music royalty with a great voice. You can sample her music here.
Connie Britton is the star of one of my new favorite shows, Nashville. I love her in her role as Rayna James and was excited to read her interview in this issue. Isn't she's gorgeous at 45? An inspiration!
I knew nothing about the giant wooden trays used to serve a barbecued whole hog. The story of this barber who crafts these trays on the side is really neat. I love these. I have absolutely no use for one because I have no future plans to barbecue a whole hog, but if I did, I would want to serve it on one of these beautiful trays.
I want to tell all my friends in DC to seek out this couple, become their friends, and then invite me for a visit. That's not weird, right? The article is about their renovation of an old carriage house. Their passion for preserving history and creating a great space for entertaining is inspiring.
Eight pages on Chicago! I can't wait to seek out some of their recommendations from Chicago's Southern Soul.
What a beautiful issue! Pick up your copy.