I WAS IN MY LOCAL bookstore last week, when a gorgeous green tome caught my grieving eye: the new Gourmet Today cookbook. Despite my snarky reaction to the “Free offer inside!” sticker on the cover (the offer is a free subscription to Gourmet magazine–don’t get me started, Condé Nast) I had to buy it.
At around 1,000 pages, there’s enough here to keep a heartbroken Gourmet reader busy for months, and though many of the recipes are ones I recognize as favorites from recent issues of the magazine, others appear to be original to the book, making it worthwhile for even a disciplined Gourmet saver. So far I’ve made a fantastic Brussels sprout salad, delicious black bean burritos and a wonderful chocolate banana cake.
Best of all, I’ve shifted my focus from sad gazes at the old magazines on my shelf to the fun of trying new recipe from a trusted source. Though the book lacks the sumptuous photography of the magazine (it’s illustrated with line drawings) I like the simplicity of the design; there’s nothing to distract from the excellent writing and (thus far) foolproof recipes.
Have you tried it yet? What are you cooking?