February Food Mag Roundup

A new batch of food magazines has hit my desk. Herewith, highlights from a selection of edible glossies decorating the newsstands for the next 30 days.

Bon Appetit

There's a lot going on in this issue -- almost too much of a good thing. The cover promises "The Green Issue" -- and the inside delivers a bounty of eco-news on dining, travel and products, plus a mini pull-out shopping guide of winter produce. The talent is considerable, too; cookbook author Deborah Madison does an "Earth-Friendly Dinner Party" with seven recipes, chef Dan Barber (Blue Hill Farm) encourages you to eat your vegetables, and novelist Ann Hood travels to Tuscany to eat agriturismo salami.

The book is brimming with three new columns: "The Cooking Life" by "Orangette" blogger Molly Wizenberg, "Family Style" by "Next Food Network Star" winner Amy Finley and "Health Wise," with a rotation of writers (this month it's author/farm market organizer (and daughter of Loudoun County farmers Chip and Susan Planck) Nina Planck on trans fats, an unconventional take on a topic that inevitably gets people all fired up.

And and and... there's "Prep School," a cool new section of how-to tricks, which you know makes me happy. This issue includes an illustrated guide to "the right way to butterfly a chicken." Hooray!

Food & Wine
The issue promotes under $30 menus created by chefs, one-pot meals and fast, hearty pastas, but I'm more interested in the Super Bowl entertaining feature (creative menu for wintertime gatherings) and Salma Abdelnour's lively travel piece on the Tokyo dining scene.

I'm confused by the "10 Ultimate High-Low Recipes" feature. Any one get it?

If you miss this month's issue, it won't be a tragedy, except you'd lose out on a rare interview with writer Wendell Berry, best known for his passionate essays on agriculture and "The Pleasures of Eating." After last month's southern-driven issue, this month is less focused and more of a smorgasbord that includes Sunday supper ideas, an Algerian menu and winter desserts. There's a fun piece on the life span of wine corks (plus a side bar on glass stoppers, which I've come to like)

As always, the photography leads the pack, including the luscious photo of a grilled cheese sandwich, which inspired last week's grilled cheese-y essay.

Martha Stewart Living
In its "Special How-to Issue," MSL covers the domesticity gamut, from mixing martinis to making gift boxes. As it relates to food, this issue covers the basics of making whipped cream and roasting a chicken, plus a few ideas for dinner for two, just in time for Valentine's Day.

The strongest food contender, sandwiched among 216 pages, is "A World of Dumplings" feature, a pictorial essay with eight recipes from various parts of the globe.

It's the 10th annual "Saveur 100," the list of 100 people places, ingredients, foodstuffs and trends that Saveur has determined noteworthy. Whether or not you agree, the list is always fun to read, particularly if you're about to board an airplane (it should keep you engaged for a few hours). I am most intrigued, however, by the free-standing piece by Laura Shapiro who writes about the exciting discovery of lost culinary research from the pre-WWII Works Progress Administation (WPA).

P.S.: I am out of the country this week, so my dispatches will be posted in sprinkled fashion in my absenced. Because I will not have Internet access, I will not be able to respond to your comments as per usual. But please, talk amongst yourselves!

By Kim ODonnel |  January 29, 2008; 7:50 AM ET Food Mag Roundup
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F&W high and low article made perfect sense to me. Could it be the reader!

Posted by: Dave | January 30, 2008 6:43 AM

Can I suggest that you add a subscription to Southern Living and Sunset? Both are great regional mags and have fantastic food/travel/living ideas. They are both on my "have to" list

Posted by: CA | January 31, 2008 1:28 PM

I agree about the highs and lows..don't feel to compelled to make any of these, except maybe the fritto misto? I was much more excited to see Hung and his meal suggestion. It got me geared up for season 4!

Posted by: taresa | February 5, 2008 11:38 AM

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