Susan Branch

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Susan Branch
Born Susan Anne Stewart
(1947-04-12) April 12, 1947 (age 70)
Nationality U.S.
Occupation Author and illustrator

Susan Branch is an American author, watercolorist, and designer. Her works include the Heart of the Home[1][2] series of cookbooks[3] in which she was also the illustrator.[4][5][6]


Eldest of Patricia Louise (Smith) and John Patrick Stewart's eight children,[7] Branch grew up in the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles, California.[1][8] This is chronicled in her 2015 memoir, The Fairy Tale Girl. Her first commercial success manifested in 1978 at the Red Door Gallery[9] in Beverly Hills, California. In 1982, Branch moved from California to the island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts, a story told in part-two of her memoir, Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams, published in 2016. [9][10] In 1986, the first of eleven volumes, Heart of the Home, Notes from a Vineyard Kitchen,[2][11] was published by Hachette Book Group (then "Little, Brown and Company").[8][12] In 1990, Branch's book, Christmas from the Heart of the Home[13] was nominated for the James Beard Award.[14][15] She lives on Martha's Vineyard with her partner Joe Hall and runs Susan Branch Studios.[16]

Susan's book, A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with the English Countryside(2013), was discussed in an article in Publisher's Weekly[17] both for the velocity of its sales (going into 3rd printing) and how an established author has taken risks by choosing a hybrid publishing route. Her latest book, Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams, currently a New York Times Bestseller,[18] was published by her own imprint, Spring Street Publishing. Her entry into self publishing is discussed in a recent article in Publisher's Weekly.[19]



  1. ^ a b Driscoll, Kathi Scrizzi (July 11, 1999). "At Home with Susan Branch". Cape Cod Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Fresh and Simple Year Round Dishes". Miami Herald. January 15, 1987. 
  3. ^ "From New England, Homey Ideas for the Year Round". Philadelphia Inquirer. January 7, 1987. 
  4. ^ Susan Branch, Library of Congress
  5. ^ Hachette Book Group
  6. ^ Kuzemchak, Sally (April 19, 2000). "Girlfriends and the Joys of Sharing Everything". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ Doten, Patti (October 30, 1997). "The Darling of Decoration". The Boston Globe. 
  8. ^ a b Grauerholz, Mary (March 1, 2001). "At Home with Susan Branch". The Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ a b Not Quite June Cleaver interview, October 2010
  10. ^ Masello, David (October 2007). "Entertaining in Fall". Country Living Magazine. 
  11. ^ Heart of the Home, Notes from a Vineyard Kitchen, ISBN 0-316-10631-3, ISBN 978-0-316-10631-3
  12. ^ Hachette Book Group
  13. ^ Christmas from the Heart of the Home, ISBN 0-316-10638-0, ISBN 978-0-316-10638-2
  14. ^ James Beard Award
  15. ^ "Welcome to Heart of the Home". San Luis Obispo Tribune. May 24, 2006. 
  16. ^ Quinn-Szcesuil, Julia (November 2011). "Love's Branching". Cape Cod Home. 
  17. ^ Rosen, Judith. "Susan Branch's Bestseller Pubbed by Hybrid". Publishers Weekly. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  18. ^ "New York Times Books, Bestsellers". June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Susan Branch’s 'Fine Romance' with Self-Publishing". Retrieved 2016-06-26. 

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