Sunset magazine

For long-time Menlo Park residents who remember the years that Sunset Publishing was very much part of our community, we recommend an interesting article in this month’s Stanford magazine about how staff members managed to save the archive of magazines and books following the sale of the buildings on Willow Road.

Author Michael Shapiro sets the scene:

“Four years ago, on a serene campus in Menlo Park, a group of longtime editors for Sunset Publishing Corporation, whose magazine touted such halcyon coverlines as “Can’t-Miss Pies” and “Other Things to Do in Newport Beach,” huddled together, panic-stricken.

‘Since 1898, Sunset — publisher of Sunset magazine and more than 800 books — had chronicled life in the West. That history had been preserved for posterity and research, meticulously catalogued in multiple rooms and dozens of file cabinets. Time Inc., Sunset’s owner since 1990, had just told the editors to empty everything into dumpsters. They were moving to Oakland.”

The article not only chronicles how the archive was saved but provides a great recap of the history of the magazine. You can read it online here.


Sunset Wine Editor Sara Schneider takes us inside the tasting room

After teaching high school English for 10 years, Sara Schneider, currently Sunset magazine’s Wine Editor, did what she describes as a “crazy move.” She enrolled at San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy. “Normally, I make a plan,” she said, sitting in her office filled with bottles of wine. “I didn’t know what I was going to do […]

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Sunset leaves Menlo Park for new headquarters in Oakland’s Jack London Square

Sunset will move its headquarters to Jack London Square in Oakland this December, Evelyn Webster, Executive Vice President, Time Inc. announced today. Sunset will relocate to Oakland from the Menlo Park campus that it has occupied since 1951. Where the publishing company would land has been a topic of much discussion since last December when the magazine’s owner, […]

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New Sunset editor Kitty Morgan returns West to build on the magazine’s legacy

For new Sunset editor Kitty Morgan, it’s a return to the West that she still thinks of as home after almost two decades in the Midwest/East. It’s also a return to where her journalism career began, which makes it all seem just a tad “weird.” “In the 80s, I was an assistant travel editor, based […]

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Get discount to Sunset Celebration Weekend

Haven’t purchased advance tickets to this weekend’s Sunset Celebration? You can get $1 off the general or senior admission price by parking at Oracle (formerly Sun Microsystems), 1601 Willow Road,  east of Hwy 101, and taking the shuttle to event or by bicycling there. The bicycle corral is located on the corner of Middlefield and […]

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Faces of Menlo: Sunset’s Elaine Johnson

It was a big treat for InMenlo to check in this week with Sunset associate food editor Elaine Johnson at the magazine’s offices in Menlo Park. She showed off  Sunset’s test kitchen (left) and took the visitor on a tour of the herb garden. Not many suburban towns have a magazine with the national – […]

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