Necessary Luxury: David Monn

James Wojcik

A highly personal inventory of essential items

“Sometimes life’s greatest accidents become the most amazing gifts. Sammy, my Cavalier King Charles spaniel, was purchased for another family, but when it didn’t work out, I became his foster parent. Now he’s my best friend. The Silver Spoon cookbook was given to me by a friend; my favorite recipe is the Roman gnocchi on page 258, though I prefer it without sauce. I love the Cake Man Raven’s* red velvet cake for its texture, moisture, and frosting. And I found these Sermoneta silk-lined leather gloves in Rome—in an era gone by, a gentleman never left his house without a pair.”

*At 708A Fulton St., Brooklyn; 718-694-2253;