October 12, 2010 at 11:32 am , by Khalil Hymore
It all started, long ago, with a jar of homemade jam. Today, in her new bakery, Sarabeth Levine places jars upon jars of the delicious “Legendary Spreadable Fruit” in display cases to welcome her guests. As they come in to grab a fresh cup of delicious sustainable-conscious brew, guests ponder over what breakfast pastry to choose; a fresh scone, a flaky croissant, or the I’m-going-all-out, pain du matin, a breakfast muffin that is made up of scraps from the mornings’ baking–a truly satisfying buttery ball of goodness.
Sarabeth is truly a lady we love. In 20 years, she and her husband, Bill, have gone from selling jars of jam to running 6 Sarabeth’s restaurants and bakeries in New York City and one shop in Key West, Florida. She’s now going nationwide, and it isn’t hard to see how she did it. The amount of passion and attention Sarabeth puts into each and every mouth-watering pastry she bakes is astonishing. Her highly anticipated first cookbook, Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours, contains recipes for every level of baker. We recommend making some room on your shelf for this must-have tome!
What makes me a lady: My YSL mascara. I can’t leave home without it!
Favorite guilty pleasure: Dessert, of course!
Three things on my life list: Firstly, I would like to learn how to swim. I am over this “dog paddle” and “side stroke” thing I do. Secondly, be more accomplished on my beautiful piano. Lastly, create a beautiful garden.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: To be able to travel instantly from one place to another.
Ladies I admire: Amelia Earhart—Aviatrix, Betty Friedan—Founder of NOW, and Katherine Hepburn—Actor.
Photo of Sarabeth Levine © Quentin Bacon.
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