The artist and author, who uses salad as a conversation starter, hosted a special Airbnb Food & Drink Experience, where guests harvested mushrooms, tasted wine, and prepared recipes from the Salad for President book. Here, the born-and-raised New Yorker shares her favorite spots in the city.

SALAD FOR PRESIDENT’S JULIA SHERMAN is not a trained cook but began making salads with artists as a way to open a dialogue that went beyond their work. She studied art and photography at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and received an MFA from Columbia. “After grad school, I started a blog,” Sherman says. “Originally…the conversation was about how that person conceived of their creative process, in and out of the studio. Most artists have hobbies that can be equally as interesting as their work. The idea to make a salad was kind of a disarming way to approach someone. I realized that the artists were as excited about food as I was, so then the recipe side of it took hold, and I started to use it as a way to do all kinds of projects including gardens, museums, an event series, videos, and writing for other publications.” 

That’s how Salad for President, an evolving publishing project that draws a meaningful connection between food, art, and everyday obsessions, was born, cultivating a massive following and a namesake cookbook, released last year. In between, Sherman has created salad gardens for MoMA PS1 and The Getty Museum and taught a program at Edible Schoolyards. “Food, in general, is a very aesthetic practice,” she says. “Starting from the beautiful ingredients as you find them, and then how you manipulate them, put them together…every step of the way has its own aesthetic integrity. That’s why so many artists love to cook.”

THE EXPERIENCE


Hosted at Honey’s in Bushwick, a mead winery, bar and community space operated by RISD alums, Sherman’s exclusive Airbnb Experience was an interactive night of good food and drink that culminated in making salads from her best-selling book, with mushrooms from Smallhold organic farm next door. “We got to cut and harvest our own mushrooms,” Sherman says. “Then we did a tasting with the winemaker and drank some cocktails.”

JULIA’S NEW YORK

“I live in Clinton Hill, and I think it’s the best neighborhood in Brooklyn. It has tree-lined streets, turn-of-the-century brownstones, dramatic architecture, and a very mixed neighborhood—all different kinds of people live there. And we’re nestled between two parks, Prospect Park and Fort Greene Park.”

Café: Marlow & Sons.

Cheap Eats: Scarr’s Pizza or Gohan for Japanese.

Fine Dining: Le Bernadin.

Bar: Honey’s.

Produce & provisions: Union Square Farmer’s Market and Kalustyan’s for spices.

Bookstore: Books Are Magic, The Strand, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks.

Nature: Prospect Park.

Shopping: Apiece Apart, Mansur Garviel, Totokaelo, Oroboro.

Secret Spot: Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Culture: BAM, The Joyce Theatre, Marinaro Gallery.

Workout: Shala Yoga in Fort Greene; East River Pilates in Williamsburg.

Beauty: It’s nothing fancy, but I go to the Indian threading salons that are all over the city to get my eyebrows threaded and tinted super dark. It’s my only beauty secret!

Souvenir: New York Bagels!

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Airbnb partnered with author, artist, and cook Julia Sherman of Salad for President on an exclusive Experience in New York, where guests harvested mushrooms, tasted mead wine, and prepared dishes from the Salad for President book.