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Kinfolk Volume Four Paperback – July 3, 2012


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; Original edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616284056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616284053
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2012
Lovely pictures and short essays; you get a genuine feel for the material at hand, and the food photography is gorgeous.

That said, after several of the articles, the entire thing reads as very precious: this is hipster-chic photography and food at its very best. If you are interested in multiple paragraphs detailing the beauty of a cup of coffee and how "the process" of growing the beans and bringing it to the coffee-drinker's home is more important than the flavor, appeal, or company enjoyed while drinking the coffee, this is the book for you. It seems like the contributors are more concerned with the perfect description of each element and the perfect word for each moment, which leads to a book full of gorgeous (posed, and pretentious in a vintage-chic-everything kind of way) photos and self-consciously posed language and descriptions (filled with nostalgia for long-gone summers written by people who are, at most, in their 30s. Build your nostalgia before living it!).

I applaud the effort. The push to small gatherings, to genuine enjoyment of life, food, and time off, the emphasis on including small moments of beauty and joy throughout the day and not putting your life on hold until weekends... Yes. But the format, writing, and photography of this just make me cringe a bit and say oh, how very precious.

Honestly, I keep thinking I'll like this the next time I pick it up, but, every time I do, I just keep cringing a the utterly transparent and poised self-consciousness of it all and retreating to my kitchen, my tea, and my books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Benny on August 7, 2012
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it produces astounding works from writers, poets, and artists all around the world. the layout is so simple with no advertisements, no unnecessary texts, and has plenty of white space for your mind to reflect upon. I've only read the first 4 articles/posts so far and instantly, i was captured. If you want to read something that focuses on the simple and elegant things in life--this is for you. it's like a treasured book, not a magazine that you dispose of after 1 reading. cherish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LisaLynn on October 19, 2012
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I loved the stories and the beautiful pictures that went along with them - very simple and refreshing to look at and read. Made me want to visit the places featured. I've ordered more Kinfolk books since purchasing this one and have not been disappointed.
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I wanted to be for Kinfolk and in a way I am but I find now, having read a number of issues that although I find them very tasteful and beautifully laid out, a little bland.
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