Meet Susan Spungen, Food writer, food stylist, and New York Times Cooking contributor. We took a trip to her home to talk style, pastimes, and getting inspired in the kitchen.
What does style mean to you?
I always understood that “style” is different from “fashion”, so to me style is how you personalize not only what you wear, but your hair, your home, everything. The older you get, the more sure you are of your choices, because you know yourself, and you don't care what other people think.
What’s on your coffee table?
Isn't it called a cocktail table now? In any case, It’s always the latest “coffee table book”, currently Walk with Me: New York, by Susan Kaufman, (@skaufman4050) a street photographer with a great Instagram account. The cover is a corner that we can see from our Manhattan apartment window which is a nice reminder of our other home.
What’s hanging on your wall?
It’s an ever-changing display, curated by my husband Steve. Currently a lot of original drawings from an array of female graphic novelists, and always lots of vintage photography.
What can’t you live without?
My almost daily walks by the water. They keep me sane and balanced.
What could you do without?
Traffic. I wish I could do without social media sometimes!
What’s the last book that you read?
The Wonder Spot, by Melissa Bank, who recently passed away. Melissa and I were friends in high school, and our paths crossed every few years. I only read her first book, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, which everyone read. Everyone should read this one too.
What’s the last song you listened to?
Roll Um Easy by Little Feat. An old song that I used to love and still do.
What is the last recipe you made?
I made a delicious pasta last night with clams, garlic scapes, Jimmy Nardello peppers and squid ink busiate. It was simple and fast but so good! I need to write down the recipe before I forget it!
How do you get inspired in the kitchen?
Always by the ingredients. I came up with my game plan for that pasta while strolling through the farmer’s market.
Almost any shade of green
I don't have one favorite! I’m always trying new things since my work is developing recipes.
I’m addicted to Spelling bee and Wordle!
Favorite piece in your wardrobe?
A black cashmere infinity scarf from Lutz and Patmos (RIP). It keeps me warm and stylish year after year, and looks the same as it did the day I bought it.
What brings you joy?
Among other things, hosting a party with good food and good friends.
What are you wearing?
The Frances Valentine Delightful Peony Caftan, Bird is the Word Caftan, Geoprint Maxi Dress + comfortable shoes, vintage Dosa pieces.
Photo Credit: Ashley Boman