Panamanian drummer and music producer Jahphet “Jah” Negast Landis (also known under the moniker Roofeeo) founded Jah Mama Sauce in celebration of his late mother and her original hot sauce recipe. Blending his memories of her and their home into a sensorial and spicy experience, the eponymous sauce consists of select Scotch Bonnet peppers (popular in the Caribbean, and measuring around 80,000 to 400,000 on the Scoville scale), Fresno chiles, dates, carrots and other all-natural ingredients that result in a well-rounded condiment that’ll kick up any dish.
For dazzling, gravity-defying bouquets, Plantgem’s kenzan set is a sturdy yet delicate holder for the Japanese art of flower arranging, ikebana. A kenzan (“sword mountain” in Japanese) fixes flowers to a specific spot as spikes within the item keep stems in place. This large rust-proof set uses brass pins to provide solid support while being small enough for fragile blooms. Made in Japan, this kenzan ensures endless, mesmerizing floral displays.
The late architect, designer and artist Alexander Girard’s playful suns—outlined in this new coloring book, which has been named for the solar motifs within the design of the NYC restaurant La Fonda Del Sol—were a study in visceral composition and expressive detail. In the book, countless iterations of Girard’s famed suns await decorating and coloring from artists of all ages. Price is in euros.
The 2022 TOILETPAPER calendar offers all the surreal, bold and sultry imagery fans of artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine are accustomed to. This year’s food theme incorporates everything from chicken drumstick microphones to women sitting on fruit tarts—placing this calendar somewhere between ’70s cookbook and kitsch pin-ups. Juicy, glossy and off-kilter, this is a playful way to keep track of your days.
Bright and light, Gatto Grosso by Senesi Aretini is an organic Tuscan red that’s a crowd-pleaser whether served chilled or not. The juiciness is balanced by a little earthiness and pepper, making for easy drinking.
Designed by Amsterdam-based Studio Roof, and printed on recycled cardboard with vegetable ink, these 3D insects tether the home to nature’s vivid cornucopia. Part decor and part puzzle, they are intended for kids four and up, and come as various creatures in assorted colors: orange and red-hued honeybee, blue copper butterfly, contrasting longwing butterfly, peacock butterfly, pink bee and bright yellow butterfly. Hung on a wall or resting on a desktop, each of these puzzles comes alive thanks to their rich colors and multi-dimensional design.
Cat-themed rolling papers from the kitsch, punk and very playful online brand Wacky Wacko, MANEATERS are just as fun and unique as the shop’s other products. The 40 premium rolling papers in each package are the standard size of one-and-one-fourth inches—not dissimilar to RAW Organic rolling papers. Each is made from unrefined wood pulp that is 100% organic and 100% true hemp.
Tsukemono are preserved vegetables produced through a traditional Japanese process of pickling that inspires balance and connection to each meal. While these vegetables often appear on a small plate as a side to a main course, tsukemono are not an afterthought. Across all varieties, they pack a bounty of spicy, sweet or sour flavors that add depth to every dish. Sold by KonMari, this set of seven (which includes katsura giant pickling melon, kurume long Japanese eggplant, red mustard, cucumber hybrid, kanamachi turnip, tokinashi all-season daikon and aichi Chinese cabbage) from the Kitazawa Seed Company offers a comprehensive taste of this tradition.
Since 1990, Bubby’s (located in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood) has been serving up American comfort food classics like homemade pies, scones and biscuits. One of the restaurant’s best-loved dishes are their pancakes, inspired by a recipe from legendary American chef James Beard. These light, fluffy creations can now be whipped up at home thanks to their pancake mix—which comes with meticulous, but simple, instructions. Thanks to a hefty amount of sour cream in the mixture, the resulting pancakes are subtle but slightly tangy, so they pair perfectly with super-sweet toppings.
There is some prose that, upon reading a single sentence, immediately strikes a chord. Caleb Azumah Nelson’s writing is like that. Whether describing a serendipitous glance between two unwitting lovers or the uncontrollable urge to surrender the self to a new crush, Nelson’s debut novel Open Water palpably captivates, as it tells a soulful story of two young Black artists in London who fall in and out of love. Told in second-person, the novel explores how to learn to love—in all it softness and vulnerability—in a world that forces and reveres masculinity and resilience. Beautiful and unforgettable, Open Water is a breathtaking portrait set within the fear and violence of reality.
Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling universe of polka dots is given a charming, kid-friendly rendition through Fausto Gilberti’s book, Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry. Written from the Japanese artist’s point of view and spanning 48 delightful illustrations, this children’s book details how Kusama got her start, following her journey from Japan to the United States in order to realize her passion for a dot-filled world. This enchanting story promises an inspiring read for children aged four to seven.
Alltimers partnered with Oakland-based non-profit Creative Growth (the country’s oldest art and exhibition space dedicated to artists with developmental disabilities) for this dynamic skate deck. The eight-inch board is designed by Paul Fields, an artist from Creative Growth, and features his original cartoon animals, which are alive with character. All profits are donated to Creative Growth, and Alltimers has two other artist collab decks with the organization available.
Through illuminating prose, Thomas Grattan masterfully chronicles the story of Beate Haas and her two children—as they grapple with the concepts of home, togetherness, personal identity and queerness—in his epic debut novel, The Recent East. Grattan’s distinct narrative voice brings these characters to life, across decades and under remarkable circumstances.
Wiley and Clay Hickson team up for another kooky, playful illustrated calendar for 2022, printed by LA-based Caboose—an independent publisher who says they make “riso-printed ephemera for the tasteless art collector.” With strange and wacky illustrations to match the strange and wacky world in which we exist, this spiral-bound calendar measures seven by seven inches.
Perfect for those who enjoy a little more organization, Oakland-based Good Mother Gallery’s zip-up tote bag features a double compartment for easier arranging. Made from non-fading and non-toxic heavyweight canvas, the bag measures around 14 by 13 inches and has been adorned with the Good Mother Gallery logo. The straps are also adjustable to suit all sizes.
Created by Black women artists and published by Co-Conspirator Press, Experiments in Joy: A Workbook is a guide to transmuting joy beyond an emotion and into praxis. With helpful prompts and spaces to reflect, the workbook includes words by artist Gabrielle Civil (who also compiled the book), Duriel E Harris, Kenyatta A C Hinkle, Rosamond S King, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Miré Regulus and Awilda Rodríguez Lora. Each of its 64 pages compels and fosters a journey of personal growth.