Never before have we wished so badly that books could be scratch-and-eat: The new recipe collection from Founding Farmers — “The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink” ($40, Andrews McMeel Publishing) — bursts with veggie-heavy how-tos from the local restaurant chainlet owned by a collective of 40,000-plus farmers. Standouts include such comfort foods as skillet corn bread covered in sea-salted honey butter, grilled cheese with roasted tomato soup, and, yum, a seven-cheese mac and cheese. Pages are peppered with profiles of the farmer-owners, who benefit from the book’s proceeds.
Sack It Up
AFter her grandmother taught her how to sew in 2011, Columbia, Md.’s, Cortnie Elizabeth launched Love, Cortnie, a line of statement clutches (etsy.com/shop/lovecortnie). New fall styles include the limited-edition patent leather “Jenna” (below, $130) and the shearling “Pumpkin Spice” (bottom, $135).
Dinnerware with turkey, menorah or Santa designs is only useful for a brief, cheesy interlude. Better to set your holiday (and everyday) table with something sleek and all-seasonal, such as Anthropologie’s “Sea-Flecture” plates (above, $16-$24 each, stores and anthropologie.com). Inspired by rolling waves, the designs also grace bowls ($20 each) that would look terrific whether you’re serving gourd soup or not.
So Dandy, So Handy
Knot Standard, an online menswear shop, takes dudes’ precise measurements using 3-D technology (knotstandard.com). Still, nothing is more accurate than an in-person fitting, now available at a new 800-square-foot showroom opening Tuesday in Logan Circle (1407 S St. NW). Choose from more than 1,000 fabrics for a custom-made suit that’s sure to fit ($500-$5,000).
bracelets you make from rope or T-shirts snipped into headbands are fine DIYs. But artists at the Washington Craft Show work on a higher level. Pieces for sale (many wearable) include Susan Mahlstedt’s silver earrings (above, $400). It takes place Friday through Sunday at the Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW; $15-$20).