Connected Dots Media

Connected Dots Media We make amazing media: books, videos and beautiful objects with a deep expertise in food, kids, and art.

-- what we do -- Founded in 2009, Connected Dots Media has produced books and videos for publishers, arts organizations, media companies, and food purveyors. Headed by Creative Director Leslie Jonath, the Connected Dots Media team has over 20 years’ experience in book publishing, offering invaluable knowledge and solution-oriented expertise. We’ll help you create a concept that is unique and marketable, provide a talented production team, and manage every stage of production from concept to finished book, e-book, or video. -- about Leslie -- Creative Director Leslie Jonath has over 20 years’ experience in book publishing, creative services, and media business development. From 1991 to 2009, she was an integral part of the editorial and development team at Chronicle Books, a Bay Area-based independent publishing house known for its lively, eye-catching and trend-setting books, gifts, stationary, and other consumer products about food, art, pop culture, gardening, design, lifestyles, and more. As a Senior Editor in the food, lifestyle, and custom publishing categories, Jonath developed acquisition strategies, launched the successful garden and craft categories; acquired, produced, edited, and project-managed over 250 books. She also created a cause-related publishing model for non-profit organizations, creating books like From Our House to Yours to benefit Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. As a Director of Creative Development, Jonath was a founding member and co-director of Chronicle’s Custom Publishing division. Clients included BabyGap, Starbucks, Anthropologie, and the San Francisco Ballet. She and her teams conceptualized, produced and developed innovative “beyond the book” services for custom clients, including videos and other digital products. After leaving Chronicle Books in 2009, Jonath founded Connected Dots Media, working with clients in book packaging, video production, and concept and content development and production.

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02/26/2019

Connected Dots Media's cover photo

02/26/2019
Ariella Chezar: Seasonal Flower Arranging

It's the pub day for Ariella Chezar's book Seasonal Flower Arranging and we hope you enjoy this little peek into her world.

"Ariella's exquisite approach to color and composition have made her one of the most sought after and highly regarded designers of our time. Her work has greatly influenced my own and has influenced an entire generation of floral designer seeking to connect more closely with nature and tie their work to the seasons." --Erin Benzakein from Floret Flower Farm

With huge thanks to Ethan Palmer and Jeffrey Star for their beautiful cinematography and editing. It was so lovely to help produce this film. Tenspeed Press Emma Campion Julie Michaels Erin Kunkel Glenn Jenkins @lisaregul The book is available wherever books are sold.

This is "Ariella Chezar: Seasonal Flower Arranging" by Leslie Jonath on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Warming hot pots are perfect for winter,  shared with family and friends. Following the success of her first book SIMPLY...
12/30/2018
SIMPLY JAPANESE HOT POTS

Warming hot pots are perfect for winter, shared with family and friends. Following the success of her first book SIMPLY RAMEN, Amy Kimoto Kahn​ new book SIMPLY JAPANESE HOT POTS is a complete course in Japanese Nabemono and other Asian One Pot Meals. We are so proud of her amazing success.

"A complete course in 75 incredible hot pot recipes, Simply Japanese Hot Pots presents the miracle of donabe hot pot gaining rapid popularity in the West. Faster service and less waiting, food can be cooked quickly right at the table and served immediately – saving time on preparing a meal. Enjoy a beautiful collection of savoury broths, thinly sliced meats, noodles, mushrooms, vegetables and dipping sauces that can be created in a donabe pot. Complete with tips, tricks and photographs, this book is the perfect guide to hot pots."

http://restaurantandcafe.co.nz/simply-japanese-hot-pots/

A complete course in 75 incredible hot pot recipes, Simply Japanese Hot Pots presents the miracle of donabe hot pot gaining rapid popularity in the West. Faster service and less waiting, food can b…

We are so proud of the STARRED review in PublishersWeekly for Ariella Chezar 's upcoming book Seasonal Flower Arranging....
12/13/2018
Nonfiction Book Review: Seasonal Flower Arranging: Fill Your Home with Blooms, Branches, and Foraged Materials All Year Round by Ariella Chezar. Ten Speed, $25 (224p) ISBN 978-0-399-58076-5

We are so proud of the STARRED review in PublishersWeekly for Ariella Chezar 's upcoming book Seasonal Flower Arranging. Congratulations to her and to photographer Erin Kunkel writer Julie Michaels stylist Glenn Jenkins editor Lisa Regul Art Director Emma Campion and the whole team at Ten Speed Press!
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Flower arranger and florist Chezar takes readers on an elegant walk through the seasons punctuated by her inspired creations. “Why long for tulips, when the woods are filled with wildflowers?” she states at the beginning. Chezar arranges her words as precisely as her flowers, prefacing the instructions for each arrangement with thoughtful discussions of the flowers used and why they are so seasonally appropriate. Blooms should be used to celebrate the season, she writes, and the arrangements, from May Day and wedding crowns to autumn tables and winter wreaths, emphasize what is locally available at a particular time of year. The instructions are presented cookbook-style, with a list of ingredients and step-by-step directions. Chezar understands that not everyone has the time or inclination to find the exact branches and blossoms called for, so, for example, the “Cascades of Gold” arrangement calls for six large Chinese pistache branches, but also lists easily attainable alternatives with the same “golden, autumnal sheen,” including oak, river birch, and zinnias. The combination of instructions, photographs, and elegant prose makes for a delightful companion for gardeners, florists, or armchair naturalists."

Flower arranger and florist Chezar takes readers on an elegant walk through the seasons punctuated by her inspired creations. “Why long for tulips, when the woods are filled with wildflowers?” she sta

08/01/2018

Emma Louise Block shows the beauty of the watercolor painting in this beautiful video. We cannot wait for her book The Joy of Watercolor: 40 Happy Lessons for Painting the World Around You (coming this fall). Special thanks to Kristen Green Wiewora and the wonderful team at Running Press.

FEED YOUR PEOPLE has finally arrived at the warehouse. We are so excited to share this book with you after 4 years, 400 ...
06/23/2018
Feed Your People: Big-Batch, Big-Hearted Cooking and Recipes to Gather Around

FEED YOUR PEOPLE has finally arrived at the warehouse. We are so excited to share this book with you after 4 years, 400 kickstarter backers, thousands of photos and a team of experts. The book is beautiful. The book comes out July 10th but you can pre-order now. https://www.amazon.com/Feed-Your-People-Big-Hearted-Big-Batch/dp/157687804X

When we feed people, we also feed ourselves—literally and spiritually.Sharing a meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures and a powerful and intimate way to create community. Feed Your People offers big-batch recipes from big-hearted chefs and cooks for the foods we gather ar...

While re-organizing office we found this first edition of Postmark Paris--a story of a 10 year-old girl's adventures in ...
06/23/2018

While re-organizing office we found this first edition of Postmark Paris--a story of a 10 year-old girl's adventures in Paris as told through the stamps she collected. With big thanks to designer Gretchen Schlant Scoble and Chronicle Books.

Lovely piece about the Taste of San Francisco in Edible East Bay.
05/11/2018
Kristina’s Bookshelf | Edible East Bay

Lovely piece about the Taste of San Francisco in Edible East Bay.

Kristina’s Bookshelf By Edible East Bay on May 8, 2018 in Bookshelf San Francisco’s Unique Flavors Purchase this book A Little Taste of San Francisco: Recipes for Classic Dishes By Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen with Illustrations by Courtney Jentzen (Blue Streak Books, 2018) Readers may recognize ...

Congratulations to Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen on this terrific interview with Brit + Co about her inspiration for A Tas...
04/28/2018
Weldon Owen Publishing

Congratulations to Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen on this terrific interview with Brit + Co about her inspiration for A Taste of San Francisco.

The crew at Brit + Co sat down with author Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen to ask about her inspiration for A Little Taste of San Francisco, which features local grub from the Bay Area!

04/16/2018
Maira Kalman

This is the best book trailer I have ever seen! So cute and funny and it makes you want to bake and buy the book. Maira Kallman is so lovely and her work is so moving and funny. Kudos to our pal Barbara Scott-Goodman for her work on this terrific book. Gretchen Schlant Scoble I think you would love this one! #booklove #penguinrandomhouse

Bring on the cake. We really want to live. A short film from Alex Kalman & Maira Kalman (Cake is available now wherever books are sold! https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/534437/cake-by-maira-kalman-and-barbara-scott-goodman/)

So exciting to see our little book in the big world! It was in 3 stores in Ghiradelli Square, cross merchandised with ki...
04/15/2018

So exciting to see our little book in the big world! It was in 3 stores in Ghiradelli Square, cross merchandised with kitchenwares and face out at the Ferry Plaza book Passage. Congratulations to Stephanie Klassen and the creative team @margauxkeres @emmarudolph @swisscottage and the teams at @bluestreakbooks and Weldon Owen Publishing

Preparing a pitch for our next children’s title led us to look back at favorite projects from season's past. #thedidlist...
04/09/2018

Preparing a pitch for our next children’s title led us to look back at favorite projects from season's past. #thedidlist #connecteddotsmedia #kidlit #letsdothis

Working on Foraged Art has been a life changing experience. Making art outside everyday is a meditation on color, textur...
03/31/2018
Foraged Art

Working on Foraged Art has been a life changing experience. Making art outside everyday is a meditation on color, texture, wonder and beauty of nature. Such a wonderful collaboration with Rory Earnshaw Peter Cole Allison Stern and the team at @bluestreakbooks and Weldon Owen Publishing. Available now for pre-order.

In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire...

Congratulations to Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen and to Annie B. Copps on the publication of their books! If you want a Li...
03/30/2018

Congratulations to Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen and to Annie B. Copps on the publication of their books! If you want a Little Taste of San Francisco or a A Little Taste of Cape Cod, these gorgeous books make great gifts for tourists and locals alike. Special thanks to artist @courtneyjentzen for her gorgeous illustrations. #bluestreakbooks . On sale now.

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781681883496

Floret Flower farm is featured in Oprah Magazine this month with tips on growing and harvesting peonies.
03/23/2018
Floret Flower Farm

Floret Flower farm is featured in Oprah Magazine this month with tips on growing and harvesting peonies.

Over on O, The Oprah Magazine, I share tips for growing, harvesting and extending the vase life of peonies. Check it out:

Connected Dots Media's cover photo
03/23/2018

Connected Dots Media's cover photo

We are excited to be launching Connected Dots Publishing with Go to Sleep Baby, a board books series that features kitte...
03/23/2018
Go To Sleep Little Puppy

We are excited to be launching Connected Dots Publishing with Go to Sleep Baby, a board books series that features kittens, puppies and other animals as they go to sleep. It was so soothing to make these books that it makes us sleepy just to look at them. Available now for pre-order!

Beautiful board books for children - Mom's will love to read these books to their very young children who always enjoy looking at pictures of animals and other babies.

Very excited that Lisa Q. Fetterman and the team at Nomiku is working on a new book due out this November. She told me t...
03/07/2018
Nomiku Sous Chef Meals: Restaurant worthy meals with a wave of your hand.

Very excited that Lisa Q. Fetterman and the team at Nomiku is working on a new book due out this November. She told me this while serving up a wonderful sous vide meal that was done in 30 minutes. As much as I love making things from scratch, it is a great way to feed friends (and family) on the fly. https://souschef.nomiku.com

Chef prepped sous vide meals right at your doorstep. Tap your food to the Nomiku Sous Chef, put it in the water, and let the magic happen for 30 minutes.

Connected Dots Media's cover photo
02/05/2018

Connected Dots Media's cover photo

Flower lovers and dreamers: Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden makes a wonderful Valentine’s Day present. You’ll want your ...
02/03/2018
Flowers, Inside and Out

Flower lovers and dreamers: Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden makes a wonderful Valentine’s Day present. You’ll want your own copy too! Xoxo

Floret Farm's "Cut Flower Garden" is the rare gardening book that's still useful for nongardeners. Its vivid photographs are a delight to thumb through and its bouquet arrangement tutorials are a great way to bring natural brightness into your winter home.

If you love Ramen, you will love Simply Ramen, a cookbook that teaches the fundamentals of making this delicious dish. T...
01/10/2018
Simply Ramen: A Complete Course in Preparing Ramen Meals at Home

If you love Ramen, you will love Simply Ramen, a cookbook that teaches the fundamentals of making this delicious dish. The book is selling better than ever as people appreciate the book's accessible approach. https://www.amazon.com/Simply-Ramen-Complete-Course-Preparing/dp/1631061445

Make delicious and healthy homemade ramen noodle recipes fast and easy!Whether you are cooking for one or twelve, Simply Ramen brings homemade ramen to your table with a delicious fusion of seventy recipes, including soup bases, noodles, toppings, and sides.Author Amy Kimoto-Kahn shows you how to...

Congratulations to Emma Louise Block on the upcoming publication of her book The Joy of Watercolor.  It was a pleasure w...
01/08/2018
The Joy of Watercolor

Congratulations to Emma Louise Block on the upcoming publication of her book The Joy of Watercolor. It was a pleasure working with Kristen Green Wiewora and the wonderful team at Running Press.

Enjoy the meditative art of watercolor with simple supplies and easy-to-follow instructions! For a soothing boost of joy and whimsy, try your hand at waterco...

11/30/2017
BuzzFeed News

Do you keep a sketchbook? Take a look at this fantastic sketchbook library!

This amazing library has tens of thousands of sketchbooks from around the world 😍

Happy Thanksgiving from Connected Dots Media. xoxox
11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Connected Dots Media. xoxox

11/12/2017
Floret Flower Farm

Flower lovers! The team behind the amazing Floret Flower Farm is offering a series of gorgeous online classes!

In the Floret Online Workshop I'll take you behind the scenes and show you step-by-step how we built a thriving, profitable flower farm on just two acres. https://www.floretflowers.com/workshops/online-workshop/ UPDATE: Registration now closed.

This is an amazing story about a wonderful cookbook, found at an antiquarian book fair by artist Wendy MacNaughton and r...
11/12/2017
NPR

This is an amazing story about a wonderful cookbook, found at an antiquarian book fair by artist Wendy MacNaughton and recently re-published. The author Cipe Pineless created the book in 1951. Her art, the recipes and her stories are wonderful as are the essays by editors Sarah Rich, Maria Popova, Wendy MacNaughton and other food and design luminaries.

While at an antiquarian book fair, Wendy MacNaughton stumbled upon an original 1945 manuscript of a cookbook designed by Cipe Pineles, the first female art director of Condé Nast.

11/11/2017
NowThis

Turning scraps of fabric into fabulous clothes. Such wonderful creativity.

This clothing line is saving its waste and paying fair wages (via Zero Waste Daniel)

A wonderful piece about how to think out of the book (shape!)
11/04/2017
Chronicle Books

A wonderful piece about how to think out of the book (shape!)

Take a look at the many shapes a book can be.

Thank you all so much for making Love Found the #1 best-selling poetry anthology on Amazon today. Very exciting. Congrat...
10/30/2017

Thank you all so much for making Love Found the #1 best-selling poetry anthology on Amazon today. Very exciting. Congratulations to Jessica Strand, artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis and the team aT Chronicle Books

Here is some inspiration for creating leaf creatures in a video we created for Sun Basket Kids Projects. #sunbasketkids ...
09/11/2017
Turn Autumn Leaves into an Animal Kingdom

Here is some inspiration for creating leaf creatures in a video we created for Sun Basket Kids Projects. #sunbasketkids #unbeleafable #fallfun #creativecontent

Let the season’s falling leaves inspire you to create a collection of your favorite creatures.

08/24/2017
Cardboard Tile Puzzles

In the spirit of creative reuse, a cardboard box inspired this fun tile project for our friends at Sun Basket. #sunbasketkids #cardboardmania #makeyourownmosaics.

Turn your Sun Basket box into tiles you can use to make mosaic-like designs, puzzles, and even a checkerboard.

08/15/2017
Turn your Sun Basket into an Art-Supply Basket

Cardboard is a magical material. We are obsessed with finding creative ways to use it and were thrilled to produce this project with Sun Basket. #sunbasketkids #creativereuse

Upcycle your Sun Basket Box to make a storage bin for your paints, brushes, and other art supplies.

Make a Bubble Wand
07/29/2017
Make a Bubble Wand

Make a Bubble Wand

Our DIY bubble wands are a sure-fire cure for the there’s-nothing-to-do summertime blues. With chopsticks and yarn, you can make a wand that’s far more durable and fun than the store-bought plastic version.

Watermelon pops are the best; so easy and so good for hot summer days.  We ate most of the pops we produced for this kid...
07/29/2017
Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon pops are the best; so easy and so good for hot summer days. We ate most of the pops we produced for this kid's craft video.

Easy summer watermelon popsicles. Bonus Recipe!

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Any Word on the Feed Your People Book? The Kickstarter audience is curious?
We love Samin! She is an expert in big batch cooking. Her latest book, SALT,FAT, ACID, HEAT is so beautiful, informative, kind, funny, and a true teaching manual.