A ‘Wander’ Through New England
Posted in guest quarters May 4th, 2011 by guest blogger

All photographs and words in this guest post by Christine Chitnis.

I first happened upon Pia’s debut book, Paris: Made by Hand while daydreaming of traveling to the great City of Lights.  I loved everything about her book- the perfectly compact size, high quality paper, gorgeous images, and enticing shop descriptions.  But perhaps one of the greatest things about Pia’s book is that it introduced me to The Little Bookroom, the publisher that would eventually become responsible for ushering my first book, Markets of New England, into the world.

While Pia wandered through Paris, and eventually Amsterdam, I wandered…or shall I say sprinted… through New England!  There was nothing relaxing about my pace, as I covered fifty markets in six states over the course of a summer.  From the rocky coasts of Maine, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, from open studio tours to farmers markets…I took in all that New England has to offer.

Along the way, I met dairy farmers, butchers, florists and bakers… jewelers, painters, photographers, and sculptors.  I felt honored to witness their creativity and ingenuity, and I was struck by how important it is to support these artisans.  Farmers and artists, when properly supported by their community, can then keep alive age-old traditions of their crafts and skills, as well as create new and inspiring methods of creation.

Although a travel guide book, I wrote Markets of New England with a greater message in mind: I hope it serves as a reminder to slow down and savor the handmade, homegrown goodness in our own communities, and in the far-flung locales we may visit.

Christine Chitnis

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  1. Antonia says

    Your book looks lovely as well. And less frustrating, I may say, as a full time resident of Pennsylvania! I adore Paris and long to return to Amsterdam, especially to stay on a houseboat, but your treks are more within reach. What kind of camera do you use? And has Pia ever divulged that information?

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  2. paula mills says

    your book sounds lovely, as a stall holder and illustrator, all support for local trade is welcome, wish there was a similar book here in Melbourne.

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  3. Lucent Imagery says

    Wow, what a lovely post. This book sounds beautiful! I love markets and meeting the amazing creative people behind the scenes. Adding this to the wishlist!

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  4. Lisa says

    Congratulations on the book! I live in Massachusetts and this looks like a great resource. I’m spreading the word and would love to attend one of the events in the area.

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  5. meenal@maison marigold says

    beautiful images..your book looks wonderful with all the peppers and paintbrushes!! have a lovely day, pia..do visit my blog when you have a moment! xx meenal

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  6. sara says

    the book looks wonderful! i love markets so much, locally made and grown things make me happy. we don’t have any big ones here, sadly, but whenever i travel i make it a point to see as many as i can!

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  7. twiggs says

    oh beautiful images pia!!! i felt so inspired by those intense colours of the market!!! have a great week! twiggs

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