Meet the Bloggers


Matthew Hranek

Name: Matthew Hranek; photographer, writer and contributor to Martha Stewart Living. Writer at The William Brown Project.
Hometown: Binghamton, New York
Trying to Learn: How to play guitar and how to tie better knots
Perfect Saturday Morning: Coffee is brought to my bedside
Dream Kitchen: Must have a restaurant-quality Salamander stove with six burners
Best Occupational Perk: Lots of travel
Biggest Occupational Hazard: Overeating
Work Uniform: Denim pants, a navy cashmere sweater, a white cotton oxford shirt and wingtips
First Living Story: An amazing story on potatoes, which I photographed in northern Maine
My Go-To Dish: Grilled, Dry-Aged Ribeye
Most Un-Martha Trait: I raise and slaughter my own pigs

Russ & Daughters Celebrates 99 Years of the “House that Herring Built”

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Bagels and lox lovers, take note: next Tuesday you can finally get your hands on Mark Russ Federman’s book “Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built” (Shocken). In advance of the release, photographer Matthew Hranek — a devoted Russ & Daughters fan for 20 years — interviewed Mark at the [...]

To Dye For: Upstate Reinvents Shibori

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Kalen Kaminski and Astrid Chastka are the designers behind Upstate, a line of strikingly sophisticated (and slightly cosmic) hand-dyed dresses, home accessories, scarves, and more. The Brooklynites put their own take on dip-dyeing and Shibori — a Japanese tradition of dyeing cloth using several different methods of binding, folding, or compressing the fabric. We visited their [...]

Meet the Maker: Anne Saxelby

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Anne Saxelby is co-owner of Saxelby Cheesemongers, along with business partner Benoit Breal. Basically, Anne shepherds the cheese from farm to cheese lover, telling the stories that make each farm unique, and giving a sense of why each cheese tastes the way it does. When did you start doing what you are doing? I graduated [...]