Breaking Bread with L.A. Interiors Maestro Nathan Turner
Well-versed in all things California casual-glam, Nathan Turner is a beloved fixture on Los Angeles’ interiors scene, known for creating relaxed, character-rich spaces for celebrities, tastemakers and friends. He is also an avid home cook and entertainer. Parties at his eponymous shop—shuttered in late 2016—were legendary.
His passions for California, cooking and stylish settings come together in the aptly titled new book, Nathan Turner’s I Love California: Live, Eat, and Entertain the West Coast Way (Abrams, $40). A natural host and aesthete, Turner has planned gatherings around memorable tables for as long as he can remember. (Born and raised in Northern California, the designer spent summers at his grandparents’ ranch near Stockton, and has lived and worked in L.A. for the past 20 years.)
The title interweaves memories, inspiration and ingredients from around the Golden State (the book is divided into Northern, Central and Southern California sections), presenting a modern approach to entertaining that’s completely translatable: “It’s my love letter to my home state—a celebration of how we live, eat and entertain here,” he says.
The comfort-food menus take readers on a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. There are twists on seafood in Sausalito and Tomales Bay, artichoke and cauliflower dishes inspired by the farms of the Central Valley, and SoCal classics like fish tacos and citrus margaritas.
The tables are relaxed and welcoming, with bold hits of colors, patterns and textures that echo each locale, such as embossed leather napkin rings for a lunch at Malibu’s One Gun Ranch, or bright paper flowers for a fiesta in Rancho Santa Fe.
Turner smartly balances the aspirational and the accessible for readers who want to re-create the fun. For him, the carefree formula works anywhere, he says, adding, “It means a laid-back room, a friendly host, and a beautiful table with simple recipes and fresh ingredients.”
Written by KERSTIN CZARRA.