It was a chicken and peanut stew of some sort and -- no fault of the magazine -- it was truly awful. Too many substitutions and shortcuts had resulted in a thick, gloopy stew. And even worse, Zach had a friend visiting. Everyone politely picked at the dish, but no one enjoyed eating it.
Everyday Food was, in fact, the first food magazine that Clay ever purchased, right at the end of college, when he had a kitchen for the first time. He subscribed shortly after, and we've been getting it and enjoying it ever since.
In fact, because it's so straightforward, we find ourselves recommending Everyday Food to readers more than any other magazine. Not because it's "better," necessarily. Just because it's the absolute perfect food magazine for someone who's just getting started in the kitchen. If you're just beginning to cook, Everyday Food is like an excellent monthly primer to build up a wonderful repertoire of basic, delicious recipes.
So we were more than a little sad to read that Martha Stewart announced last week that it's restructuring the content of Everyday Food (and Whole Living). For Everyday Food, this means that the magazine will go from being a standalone monthly to a supplement that's packaged with Martha Stewart Living five times a year.
And according to the original press release, "Beginning in 2013, more Everyday Food content will be available online at www.marthastewart.com/everydayfood, on the Everyday Food YouTube channel and via the popular daily video newsletter, Everyday Food with Sarah Carey." That digital content has been great so far. (We mentioned the Sarah Carey videos earlier this year.)
But still, the news feels like a punch in the gut. We love that little magazine! Its simple, stripped-down recipes are dependable and usually delicious. We're really going to miss that bright little magazine in our mailbox each month.
If you don't already have one (or two, or three), get yourself a subscription to a food magazine. Heck, while you're there, get one for your dad, your aunt, your pediatrician and everyone else in your life who needs and wants to do more cooking. Because we're really not in the mood to lose another food magazine this year.
Do you regularly read Everyday Food? Have thoughts to share on this news? Please do.