Food & Wine

Victoria January - February 2016

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
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7 Issues

in this issue

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dear friends

It is my pleasure to introduce to you two women whose work will be important components of our beloved magazine in 2016. Publishing an essay from a noted writer in each of the year’s issues is a long-standing tradition for us. Likewise, we select one artist whose illustrations capture the spirit of our publication. The 2016 Writer-in-Residence is Frances Mayes, who first came to our attention with an account of her renovation of Bramasole, a centuries-old house, in the best seller Under the Tuscan Sun (Broadway Books). Frances, a university professor and, of late, a full-time writer, is sure to capture your heart with her musings throughout the year. She and her husband live in North Carolina and Italy. Talented artist Mary Shira, whose lovely work appears above, brings years of training…

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Take a closer look at some of our favorite January/ February features: A Cozy Colorado Getaway Plan a wintertime escape to Breckenridge—an idyllic village of boutiques and cafés surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountain peaks. Connecting Threads An appreciation for beauty—passed on to Beth Claybourn during her childhood in the South—today inspires the decorator’s affinity for exquisite European linens. A Taste of Tradition Visit the Vermont workshop of glassblower Simon Pearce, where he and his wife, Pia, share a recipe for Ballymaloe Brown Bread from their popular on-site restaurant. Room to Breathe Awash in soothing shades of white and gray, the Netherlands home of designer Myriam Gräeve-Rutte features a haven of Gustavian treasures. We love your ideas! Do you have any suggestions about something you’d like to see in the magazine? If so, e-mail us at victoriamagazine@hoffmanmedia.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram,…

3 min.
life with victoria

Oh, my! Where do I start? During my twenty-plus years of collecting the magazine (yes, I have them all!), my mind and soul have been touched by every single issue. The photos are like candy for the eye, and the stories and articles are nourishing to the soul. Reading the publication has enabled me to learn about different cultures, foods, and arts. My husband and I are big “antiquers.” You have introduced us to the Brimfield show in Massachusetts, as well as the one in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. We have tried the wonderful recipes, and when I was expecting, eighteen years ago, I decorated my baby’s room based on ideas I saw in your pages. Our family vacations usually result from Touring features. And our holidays always have a touch of Victoria—…

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introducing our 2016 writer-in-residence & artist-in-residence

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE Poet, novelist, and food-and-travel writer Frances Mayes mines the fertile soil of her youth in her most recent book, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir (Broadway Books). The author, a native of Fitzgerald, Georgia, rose to prominence twenty years ago with the publication of Under the Tuscan Sun, a perennial best seller that inspired a cinematic adaptation of the same name. Among Frances’s subsequent works are several volumes produced in collaboration with her husband, Edward Kleinschmidt Mayes—projects that celebrate what she terms the “voluptuousness of Italian life.” The couple divide their time between Bramasole, the centuries-old villa they restored in Cortona, Italy, and Chatwood, a historic 30-acre estate in Hillsborough, North Carolina. ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE In a painting style that could be described as romantic photo-realism, Mary Shira captures the complex beauty of flora and…

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a secret space

House hunting is a fraught activity—you’re choosing where the future will take place. And it’s a strange activity, too, because you may be set on counter space, walk-in closets, and a particular school district, but in the turmoil of the moment, you can fall prey to irrational forces from the deep past, from fantasies, from a remark overheard in line at the grocery store: “I just love her coral and sage sunporch.” Suddenly, you passionately want a coral and sage sunporch, too. When looking for the right home in North Carolina, I was shown a venerable white house with black shutters. I walked through, immediately crossing it off my list because of poky rooms and a narrow kitchen of gray Formica and linoleum. The real estate agent spoke of remodeling, but…

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whispers of alabaster

“I shall smile when wreaths of snow Blossom where the rose should grow … ” — EMILY BRONTËOut of the cloud folds of her garments shaken … Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow”— HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW…