Inside Josh Fontaine & Alison Reid’s Kitchen

23rd February 2015

Interview: Killian Fox
Photographs: Yousef Eldin

The bar-owner and art director on a great American gin, a beat-up cocktail shaker from a Paris flea market and an excellent vegan cookbook


Death’s Door gin »
“A great gin from Washington State.” – Josh

Del Maguey mezcal »
Josh knows a lot of smaller artisanal producers in the tequila and mezcal worlds. His favourite producers include Del Maguey, Siete Misterios, Alipus, Pierde Almas and El Jolgorio.

Colombian organic wine
“My partner Karina is Colombian and she brought this back for us recently. Good Colombian wine is a pretty unusual thing.” – Josh

Homemade sloe gin
“I made this from sloe berries given to me by a chef friend,” says Josh. “It took a long time to macerate. I’m not a huge fan of sloe gin but this is quite good. That said, I haven’t tasted it in about a year.” We feel duty-bound to try it – it’s very good indeed.


Toast rack
One of many things in Josh and Alison’s flat that came from a Paris flea market, most likely Porte de Vanves. “I’m not sure if it’s for toast or letters. You can also use it to hold a recipe book.” – Alison

Cocktail shaker
A very cool old silver shaker, also from Porte de Vanves, lives on their drinks table.

Another feature of the drinks table, a figurine of a man with a corkscrew emerging from a rude place. “My partners Adam and Karina brought it back from a flea market in Russia. It’s quite difficult to use actually, but it’s fun.” – Josh


Plenty, Yotam Ottolenghi »
“We use Ottolenghi’s books a lot – he’s great for vegetarians.” – Alison

My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, Sarah Britton »
100 plant-based recipes from “the queen bee of the health blogs”.

Rawsome Vegan Baking, Emily von Euw »
“This Rawsome Vegan Life is a vegan blog. The girl who does it is really crazy but the recipes are good and I like her book.” – Alison

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop, Emily and Melissa Elsen »
Pie book from the owners of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, a café in Brooklyn. Alison recommends the salty honey pie.


Posted 23rd February 2015

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Interview: Killian Fox
Photographs: Yousef Eldin

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