(1) Nectar, the Hudson Valley company sourcing products from around the world, offers selections ideal for the kitchen – or table. Here, the rustic-yet-elegant collection of utensils from Sir Madam, suitable for daily use or specialized tasks. Selections ($16 to $93) work for both preparation and serving, with each piece cast in 100-percent food-safe, solid brass. For more, visit shopnectar.com.
HIT THE BOOKS
(2) Cookbooks are a source of endless inspiration. A handful of new (and upcoming) titles may have you actually attempting the recipes instead of leaving them in your “someday” file. From top, “Appetizers,” (Ryland, Peters & Small, $19.95), which features “more than 100 deliciously simple small dishes and sharing plates to enjoy with friends;” “Cooking with Cheese” (Ryland, Peters & Small, $21.95), filled with “over 80 deliciously inspiring recipes from soups and salads to pasta and pies;” “Mashed: Beyond the Potato” by Holly Herrick (Gibbs Smith, $24.99); and “French Desserts,” by Hillary Davis (Gibbs Smith, $30), which spotlights comfort foods the French make for themselves. For more, visit gibbs-smith.com or rylandpeters.com.
A FLAVOR OF ITALY
(3) An attractively rustic copper finish might catch the eye, but the cutting-edge technology and stainless-steel interior make the Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Cookware collection the ideal choice for the serious home chef. Opt for the lavish 10-piece set ($599.99) or the 5-quart covered casserole ($179.99), shown here, from the Italian premium cookware company. For more, visit lagostinaUSA.com.
(4) Who hasn’t turned to “The Joy of Cooking,” that beloved classic, at some point in his or her cooking life? Out of Print Clothing takes the iconic publication — continuously in print since the Depression era — and spins it into yet another incarnation with a collection that includes tea towels, T-shirts, totes and here, a delightfully retro apron ($22) based on the 1943 cover design. (And with each purchase, a book is donated through Out of Print’s partnership with Books for Africa.) For more, visit outofprintclothing.com.
SALT OF THE EARTH
(5) Summer and the Hamptons just go together. Get your pantry in summer shape by replacing potentially unhealthy processed salts with the all-natural selections from Hamptons Salt Co. Sourced from around the world, the sea-salt selections include raw, flavored and smoked varieties, all unrefined and free of unhealthy additives. With a selection topping 30 varieties (from Bali Pyramid to Vermont Maple Syrup to Black Truffle), the company offers individual jars (from $9.99) and gift sets (including The Collector, 20 varieties of mini jars for $149.99). For more, visit hamptonssalt.com.
SET A PLAYFUL PLACE
(6) WAG continues to appreciate the efforts of Kim Seybert, profiled in our September 2015 issue for her “couture for the table.” Here, we spotlight the New York-based designer’s Fête placemats ($112 for a set of four), reversible options that bring a whimsical touch to entertaining. For more, visit kimseybert.com.