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The Kinfolk Table Playlist

The Kinfolk Table

For today's blog post, we put together a playlist in honor of our first cookbook, The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings. Just like the cookbook, our playlist is about the people in our lives, the relationships we celebrate when we sit down at the table, and the music that we enjoy. The cookbook shines a culinary spotlight on a number of regions we traveled to, where we documented the lives and recipes of people we admire. Similarly, our Kinfolk Table playlist focuses on our current hometown of Portland, Oregon, its East Coast counterpart Brooklyn, the English countryside, and Copenhagen.

The Kinfolk Table Playlist from Kinfolk on 8tracks Radio.

Our list is a bit Portland-intensive (the late Elliott Smith lived here before moving to Brooklyn and Los Angeles back in the day) — many Kinfolk staffers are very fond of the talented songwriter who was nominated for an Oscar back in 1998. But Laura Veirs is a Portland singer-songwriter my wife, Katie (who cofounded Kinfolk), is very fond of, while our community director, Julie Pointer, is a big Laura Gibson fan. Andrew Gallo of Seachant (who makes our Kinfolk films) is the one who brought Pure Bathing Culture to our attention — many Portlanders are fond of their live show. Indie-nerds Gail O'Hara and Georgia Frances King both love PDX's M. Ward and Brooklyn's Sharon Van Etten, as well as Dirty Projectors, who also call this borough home. The amazing Jennifer O'Connor (who's been used in a number of TV shows) and Dump (James from Yo La Tengo) round out Brooklyn's list.

The English countryside has produced more than its fair share of folk, pop, and rock luminaries. We're fond of the Clientele and Amor de Días, whose members are known to plant community gardens, forage for wild mushrooms and garlic, and stumble through the twilit Hampshire forests. Molly Drake is the mother of the famous British folkie Nick Drake, and her own parlor songs are haunting and intimate. Donovan is another well-known 1960s folk-pop artist, while Mark Tranmer is a bit more obscure (he's part of a Salford duo called the Montgolfier Brothers who've made some delightful mellow guitar albums).


The Making of the Kinfolk Table: Photography from Behind the Scenes

Today we'd like to show you a couple of the outtakes from The Kinfolk Table. After months and months spent scouting and planning, the main photographer for this project, Parker Fitzgerald, and I spent three months traveling around a half dozen countries cooking and photographing inside the homes of our contributors. Working in environments that were meant for cups of tea instead of full-scale photo shoots was often challenging, but we always somehow made it work. We feel incredibly blessed to be working with such a talented, enthusiastic team of people who supported each other through every step of this incredibly long and far-flung process. However, it was the breadth of ground we covered and the time we spent with each subject that made this cookbook special.

The 85-plus recipes contributed to the cookbook come from more than 50 different groups of people, from enthusiastic solo cooks to couples, work colleagues, and bands. Whether their recipes have been perfected through careful hours spent over a hot stove or simply memorized from childhood baking afternoons with grandmothers, most of these dishes have been imagined by home cooks, not professional chefs.

And of course, not everything always went smoothly. Often the photographs you see adorning the pages of culinary magazines depict casual entertaining as a drama-free, perfectly planned affair. But that isn't always true. The images you see in this cookbook may show the end result, but we didn't always get it right on the first try.


The People of the Kinfolk Table: Three International Foodie Profiles

As mentioned earlier in this week's blog residency, our inaugural cookbook, The Kinfolk Table, brings together our extended circle of friends from Brooklyn, Copenhagen, the English countryside, our local Portland, and beyond to create a rounded tome of culinary goodness. Today, we'd like to give you a small insight into some of our favorite people we broke bread with through this process.

Here, we've chosen to profile three international contributors from The Kinfolk Table: the ice-cream making couple behind Brooklyn institution Phin & Phebes, one of Copenhagen's most well-respected young interior designers, and the founder of Sam's Kitchen in the historically stunning town of Bath in the United Kingdom.

As Portlanders ourselves, we also have gleaned recipes and stories from a cohort of local residents, which can be read and devoured in the pages of the cookbook. Some of these include the likes of the Heart Roasters founders contributing their recipes for Pulla (Finnish dessert bread) and, naturally, a meticulous recipe for home-brewed coffee. Some of our staff members, such as Kinfolk-cofounders Doug and Paige Bischoff, are featured as well as Community Director Julie Pointer, and Kinfolk contributors ...


Recipes from The Kinfolk Table: Citrus Lentil Salad and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Kinfolk Table

In today's second blog celebrating the release of The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, I'd like to share two of the most popular recipes imagined up by members of the Kinfolk team.

The process of curating this cookbook was quite simple: we wanted to showcase the personal recipes of friends from around the world, allowing our readers into the kitchens of the people close to us. Focusing on like-minded cohorts from Portland, Brooklyn, Copenhagen, and the English countryside, we spent afternoons in their homes with cameras, notepads, and aprons, replicating the memories of the past to reinvent for our readers.

Our small team and the spider web of connections that branch out from it may not be professional chefs, but they are passionate hosts. Most of the time, these gatherings are spontaneous, unfussy, and informal, put together on the whim of a good conversation and the contents of a pantry. While the food is often delicious, the meaning of the exchanges doesn't exist in cups of flour, but instead in some other immeasurable notion.

These two recipes for Citrus Lentil Salad and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies can be thrown together using staple ...


The Kinfolk Table: Introducing Our First Cookbook

The Kinfolk Table

Food is the toffee-toasted mortar that binds people together, building stronger friendships that, when stacked sky high, create the most special of gatherings. Because of this, we're rather honored to announce the arrival of our very first cookbook, The Kinfolk Table, bringing together recipes, people, and stories from around the world. We hope it'll encourage you to clink china with those around you and form new traditions to sit alongside the old.

The Kinfolk Table shines a culinary light on the creatives of Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Portland, and the English countryside, inviting you into the lives and pantries of a diverse array of enthusiasts and professionals. We've twirled to the ends of our Rolodexes to seek family favorite recipes from coffee connoisseurs to ceramicists, fashion bloggers to florists, photographers to farmers, and even an addition from one of our sweet retired grandmothers. These delegates from varying walks of life will provide you with inspiration for gatherings that begin as morning teas, drag into afternoon finger sandwiches, and whirl all the way toward midnight pitchers of punch.


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