Books

Books produced, written, or designed by Sharon Smith.

Markets of Provence

Markets of Provence

A Culinary Tour of Southern France (Collins, 1996) View Slideshow

Markets of Provence invites the reader on a journey with producer/ designer Sharon Smith and photographer David Wakely and writers Ruthanne and Dixon Long, to the open markets of Provence. The book brings to life the markets of seven distinctive towns, one for each day of the week. Includes 150 photographs, sidebars covering specialty items, recipes, map and a forward by well-known food and travel writer Patricia Wells.

The New York Times:

“Another vicarious experience that begs to be experienced first hand. A small selection of truly fine recipes, including such delights as Cavaillon melons filled with sweet wine, round out this gem.”

San Francisco Examiner:

“Sometimes you encounter a very special book, one that makes you hold your breath as you read it. Such a beautiful book is Markets of Provence.”

Savoring San Francisco

Savoring San Francisco

Recipes from the City's Neighborhood Restaurants (Sasquatch Books, 2000, Silverback Books, 2005, Second Edition) View Slideshow

San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods where fine restaurants are part of everyday life. Conceived and co-authored by Sharon Smith, Savoring San Francisco gathers recipes from 100 of the city’s favorite cafes, bistros, grills, and eateries, ranging from chic hotel establishments in SOMA to tiny storefronts in North Beach. The recipes come from nationally acclaimed chefs as well as strictly local culinary heroes. Essays are by long time resident and cookbook author Carolyn Miller, with photography of San Francisco’s cityscapes by David Wakely.

San Jose Mercury News:

“Eating your way around San Francisco just got a little easier…”

Listed on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top Ten Cookbooks

Named Best Local Cookbook in 2001 by SF Weekly

Meditations on Design

Meditations on Design

Reinventing Your Home with Style and Simplicity (Conari Press, March 2000) View Slideshow

Award winning designer John Wheatman has spent more than thirty years helping people create beautiful living spaces that are truly their own. Here he has distilled his design philosophy into twenty-one simple ideas that you can use to make your home more comfortable and your life considerably richer-whatever size house or budget you have. Conceived by Sharon Smith and David Wakely. Produced by Sharon Smith and Barbara Stevenson. Designed by Sharon Smith. Includes more than 90 photographs by David Wakely chronicling 12 years of John’s projects in a thoughtful, meditative style meant to evoke creativity and self-expression.

Sarah Sasanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House:

“Inspiration, indeed for all those searching for a sense of the soulful in their lives.”

Over 25,000 books sold.

Winner of the 2001 Independent Publishers Book Award for Home and Garden.

A Good House Is Never Done

A Good House Is Never Done

(Conari, Spring 2002) View Slideshow

In A Good House is Never Done, John Wheatman explores this theme in depth, urging readers to move beyond the conventional belief that designing a home is a job that will be “done” and not revisited until the furnishings wear out twenty years later. If you approach interior design as an ongoing engagement with the fascinating business of daily life, you will continually find ways to make a good thing even better. Divided into six sessions Playing, -Working, -Cooking, -Dining, and Bathing. A Good House is Never Done was produced and designed by Sharon Smith and Barbara Stevenson. Designed by Sharon Smith. It includes more than 100 of David Wakely’s photographs.

San Francisco Chronicle:

“A good place to begin dreaming. The journey is the reward.”

A Sense of Mission

A Sense of Mission

Historic Churches of the Southwest (Chronicle Books, 1994) View Slideshow

A Sense of Mission presents 29 of the most visually beautiful and historically important churches in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Southern California. Produced and designed by Sharon Smith. Photographer David Wakely and writer Tom Drain capture the fascinating architectural details, religious significance and cultural diversity of these churches. More than 150 color photographs and detailed captions reveal these distinctive churches set against the landscape of the American Southwest. Includes maps, visitor information and annotated reading list.

Received award of excellence from Book Builders’ west and a literary excellence award from the Regional Library Association. New edition was released in 2006.

Washington Post Book World:

“An enriching guide book.”

Denver Post:

“Seldom as a slender volume so well presented beauty.
Opening it will open your eyes to the splendid detail crafted
into the old churches by loving hands now gone.”

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