Hopefully I'll be among the first to arrive at the book store tomorrow to pick up a copy of Julia Reed's highly anticipated, The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story.
Four weeks after Reed moved into her historic Garden District house, Katrina hit. But the writer is quick to point out that she counted herself among the fortunate, and she decided to stay. This book is the story of the aftermath.
The image shown top was not taken in the charming Garden District, it is a Francois Halard photo (Vogue February 2001) of Reed's former French Quarter residence. You may have seen it before on this blog but I don't think I have ever discussed her desk. Inspired by a designer's similar table spied in The World of Interiors, Reed says she made one herself with plywood and other materials from Home Depot. I think it's interesting to see how she mixed the pedigreed -- 19th century engravings and other antiques -- with the homemade writer's desk.
If you happen to be reading this while on vacation, here is Julia's recipe (courtesy Southern Accents) for a refreshing Pimm's Royale.
Yield: 6 (1⁄2-cup) servings
1 1⁄2 cups Pimm’s No.1
1 navel orange, halved and thinly sliced
1⁄2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 1⁄2 cups Brut Champagne, chilled
6 cucumber spears
Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, orange slices
1. In a large pitcher, combine Pimm’s, orange slices, and fresh mint leaves. Chill. Gently stir in Champagne just before serving.
2. To serve, place one cucumber spear in each glass; fill halfway with ice. Pour Pimm’s mixture over ice. Garnish, if desired.
Searching for a glass pitcher? Apartment 48 offers this hobnail version, $95. And below is Williams Sonoma's perfectly understated style, $30.
To read the full Vogue article, visit the press section of Thomas Jayne's site. Cocktail photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner for Southern Accents.