Press Release: July Issue

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2009

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July Issue Of Sunset Magazine Devoted to the Best Reader-Submitted Ideas, including Best Beaches and Best “Big Ideas”

Food Network Star Tyler Florence Takes Three Lucky Readers “From Grilling Disaster to Grilling Master”

Menlo Park, CA – The July issue of Sunset magazine (, the premier guide to life in the West, takes its inspiration from its readers ― from adventurous summer trips to imaginative backyard makeovers.

Just in time for the height of summer, readers also submitted their top 10 favorite beaches:
1.Laguna Beach, CA
2.Aliomanu, Kauai, HI
3.Anchor Bay Beach, Anchor Bay, CA
4.Cape Blanco State Park, OR
5.Carmel River State Beach, CA
6.Second Beach, Near La Push, WA
7.Butterfly Beach, Santa Barbara
8.La Jolla Cove, CA
9.Moonstone Beach, Cambria, CA
10. Shell Beach, CA

A highlight of the July issue is the “From Grilling Disasters to Grilling Masters” (p.58) story, featuring Food Network star, Tyler Florence, and the three winners of Sunset’s Biggest Barbecue Disaster contest. The winners, whose disasters range from chicken so tough it couldn’t be cut with a steak knife to setting a dumpster on fire, were flown to Sunset headquarters for a one-day BBQ boot camp, where Tyler walked them each through his simple fixes for perfect BBQ chicken, hamburgers, and ribs.

“July’s stories celebrate how real Westerners are living their lives to the fullest,” said Katie Tamony, Sunset editor-in-chief. “I’m consistently amazed by the creativity and resourcefulness of our readers and it is an honor to celebrate their ideas in our pages this month.”

Additional articles include:

Readers’ Big Ideas (p. 13) – From a website devoted to supporting urban garden sharing to California inn-to-inn hiking maps, this article highlights the innovators leading the pack with fresh ways of thinking.

Fake the Lawn (p. 38) – A Los Angeles native and lifelong lawn lover shares the journey that led her to installing a “fake” plastic lawn in the face of California’s drought.

Welcome to My Garden (p. 43) – Three inventive readers show how they created the backyards of their dreams, on a budget.

Diary of a Prefab (p. 53) – A devoted do-it-yourselfer learns what it takes to assemble a factory-made dwelling from start to finish.

Follow the Reader (p. 68) – Three intrepid explorers share their favorite places to go and their creative ways of getting there ― from sailing the hidden islands of Vancouver, BC to a swapping homes across the West to exploring Arizona on an “off-the-beaten path” road trip.

“I Love Grilled Cheese and…” (p. 77) – Sunset asked readers to fill in the blank and selected four winning combinations that show how creative grilled cheese can be:
•Grilled pastrami, Swiss, and sweet onion marmalade on rye
•Roast beef and two-chile grilled cheese on onion rolls
•Golden Gate grilled cheese (like a Monte Cristo, only better)
•Grilled fresh mozzarella and apricot on sourdough

Yes, We Can (p. 82) – Canning is fun and easy. Invite some friends over and follow this guide to capturing summer in a jar.

Editors available for interviews.
Recipes available upon request.

Sunset magazine is the premier guide to life in the West, covering the newest and best ideas in Western home design and landscaping, food and entertaining, and regional travel in 13 Western states. Sunset and are part of the Lifestyle group of magazines and websites published by Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the U.S., and a leading publisher in the U.K. and Mexico.