I read food magazines. Or I should say, I read a lot of food magazines. Here's a round up of what's on my stack and what's worth checking out.
For Reading and Reflecting
Sept 3 & 10, 2007
New Yorker--The Food Issue
The food issue is always a treat and this one is no exception. There are no recipes, but plenty of "good reads". There is a funny little piece from David Sedaris, Adam Gopnik writes about eating food grown only from the five boroughs of New York. Calvin Trillin writes about the food in Singapore and Jane Kramer writes about one of my favorite cookbook authors, Claudia Roden. As you might expect there are plenty of cartoons with food themes.
For Eating Healthy
Cooking Light--20th Anniversary Issue
Even if you never read Cooking Light, you owe it to yourself to check out this edition. The editors chose their favorite recipes from the past 20 years such as Beef Daube Provencal, Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks, Baked Potato Soup and Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze. There are readers best recipes like Ginger Cookies, Angel Biscuits and Cambodian Summer Rolls.
Also three of the vegetarian columnists pick their best recipes including Deborah Madison's Pancake Souffle with Caramelized Apples, Steven Petuvesky's Pasta with White Beans, Greens and Lemon and Peter Berley's Spinach and Shiitake Mushroom Phyllo Turnovers. The recipe I know I'll try is the Walnut Fennel Dip!
For Learning the Basics
Everyday Food No--Fuss Family Fare
This issue is perfect for someone who wants to learn how to cook. It's filled with really solid staples like Macaroni and Three Cheeses, Lamb Chops with Garlic-Parsley Crust, Rice Pilaf with Vermicelli, Peas and Carrot Ribbons, Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Bocconcini, Cream of Broccoli Soup, and fun stuff like Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts, Cupcakes Three Ways, Apple-Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake and even Healthy Oatmeal Cookies. There are also articles about non-dairy milks, high fructose corn syrup and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Buy it for yourself or give it to that friend who always says "I wish I knew how to cook".
For La Dolce Vita
Food & Wine--Italy's Best Recipes
This issue doesn't just focus on Italian recipes, it has features on Italian cooking schools, a primer on Italian ingredients, an A-Z guide to Italian wines, guides to Italy, Italian restaurants and more. Mamma mia!
For Todos Deliciosos
Gourmet Magazine--Latino America
This is really cool and I agree, it is a collectors item. This issue focuses on Latino food, in the United States. There's a guide to Mexican places in Chicago, stories on Salvadorans, Cubans, Dominicans and more. There's even a special on taco trucks, though I'm seriously bummed they included Seattle, Portland and New York, but skipped the Bay Area....maybe next year?