Jenni Kayne Opens Up About Her First Book—Plus, She Shares What She's Learned from Martha
Read all about the designer's creative inspirations.
If you're looking to refresh your dinner party routine this spring, Jenni Kayne's debut book will be your essential style guide. "Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining," is everything fans love about the lifestyle guru and designer's minimalist California aesthetic, plus beautiful food on dreamy tablescapes. It's not just fresh recipes; each seasonal menu includes décor ideas, DIY favors, family-friendly crafts, and all the floral arranging how-tos you need to throw a gorgeous affair. Even our founder is a fan!
"This book invites us into Jenni's world and takes us where we would all like to be," Martha writes in the book's foreword. "Serving us images of foods we would all love to make and eat, encouraging and reminding us that celebrating with family and our friends is always an occasion."
It was, after all, her loved ones who inspired Kayne to finally make her dream book a reality. "I had wanted to create one for a while," the mother of three says. "But it wasn't until I was pregnant with my third child, Trooper, that I was inspired to write a book about coming together." In highlighting the power of simple pleasures-from drying herbs in the spring and sipping a hot toddy in the winter to gathering around a bonfire with friends and plenty of s'mores-she did.
Paired with gorgeous photos of every dish alongside sunny shots of Kayne's favorite California spots, from Santa Ynez to Ojai, each chapter or "season" of the book reminds us to celebrate the everyday. It's a life philosophy Kayne says she got from another one of her inspirations, Martha herself.
"Honestly, I grew up watching Martha and was always inspired by her. She paved the way and set the tone for living, entertaining, and cooking beautifully," says Kayne. (She still watches Martha's videos online with her kids.) "Martha made those things cool, popular, and accessible. She brought them into everyone's homes. When I think of entertaining, I think of Martha."