Julia Reed

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Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Newsweek, where she writes the “food and drink” column, and creative director of taigan.com, a retail website where she also edits the site’s “magazine,” Fetch.

She appears regularly on CNN and is a contributor to Garden and Gun, Conde Nast Traveler, Elle Décor, The New York Times and Vogue. From 1988 to 2008, she was senior writer at Vogue, where her profile subjects ranged from George and Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards to Robert DeNiro, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta.

She is the author of: Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena; The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story; and Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (With Recipes).

She is chairman of the board of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, where she lives with her husband John Pearce and her beagle Henry.

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  • A hotel suite with good room service and an enormous bathroom, much like the one Warren Beatty lived in at the Regent Beverly Wilshire
  • Ingrid Bergman’s apartment in “Indiscreet”

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Things I am Miserly About:

  • Cars. As much as I would like a gorgeous, sexy Jag (see “I Want to Own”), it seems a ridiculous thing to spend $100,000 on. I happily take my father’s cast-off Cadillacs, which he already buys used, as he is miserly about pretty much everything. Still, Cadillacs are great on the road, and they are amazing bargains if you buy them after someone else’s lease is up.

I Want to Own:

  • Antoine’s restaurant in New Orleans so I could restore it to the gorgeous and delicious temple of Creole cuisine it once was. I stay up late at night writing the daily specials I would have in the front room.
  • A house in Dark Harbor, Maine like the fabulous one Annette de la Renta did with Albert Hadley: deep chocolate brown on the outside, paper bag brown on the inside, doxens of elephant folio Audobons on the walls, and white slipcovered furniture everywhere. Heaven.
  • The 19th century English diamond and emerald chandelier earrings from a La Vielle Russie that I saw at the winter antiques show….but pretty much anything from there will do.
  • A Jaguar. Either an XJ Super V8 or an XKR convertible. I will drive—and have driven—anything, including a very cheap Plymouth Acclaim, a model Chrysler quit making because the median age driver was 65 and people had quit buying them. Still, long before I got my driver’s license, I had a recurring image of myself pulling up at a curb somewhere in one of those dark green Jags, and stepping out in a very chic rust and white silk print dress with a wide leather belt that my mother once owned. It was an image of glamour that I’ve never quite lived up to and that I just can’t shake.

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