Having been a subscriber to Martha Stewart Living magazine for several months, I expected more of the same when I signed up for its sister publication, Everyday Food magazine. In other words, a solid smattering of topics ranging from cooking to gardening to home. But when I received my first issue, I was pleasantly surprised.
Most noticeably, Everyday Food is not the slightly oversized and artistically colorful experience that is Martha Stewart Living. Nor does it proffer advice on gardening, decorating and crafts with a nod to food.
Instead, Everyday Food magazine packs only recipes and cooking tips between its small digest-sized covers. In a survey of online reviews, readers say they can’t get enough. Gone are the hard-to-find ingredients, the time-consuming prep and the increasingly difficult dishes for which some readers have criticized Martha Stewart Living.
Making meals that are fast and healthy is an obvious focus of Everyday Food. Recipes require few ingredients not readily available in your average kitchen, and most dishes even take fewer steps to prepare. As in Martha Stewart Living, each recipe contains active time and total time. But unlike the bigger publication, Everyday Food includes the amount of calories, fat, protein, carbs and fiber per serving.
Among readers, size is a popular feature of Everyday Food magazine, making it easy to store or take along while grocery shopping. Its range of recipes is another heralded plus, and online, readers say the variety will appeal to novice and experienced chefs alike. Note: While the occasional meat-free and gluten-free meals are included, vegetarians will likely be left with an unsatisfied appetite.
Some of my favorite features and columns in Everyday Food are:
Dinner 1-2-3: Preparing a meal in three easy steps is possible, and this section shares how.
In Season: Focusing on one fruit or veggie, this section covers selecting, storing and cooking what’s in season, followed by a variety of recipes.
Bites: Tips from the magazine’s test kitchen on subjects like how to best cut vegetables, how to pair wines with meals and must-have tool recommendations.
Cooking for One: Nutritious (and delicious) meals with ingredients cut down to solo size make take-out and frozen dinners a cop-out.
At Your Convenience: Cut corners with store-bought ingredients vs. fresh or from scratch using these recommendations and quick-fix dishes.
How To: An in-depth and illustrated look at perfecting a technique, along with recipes designed to test out the new trick.
Grocery Bag: This feature outlines a week of meals and provides a convenient tear-out grocery list. That’s followed, of course, by directions for making each dish.
On the Side: Have an entrée that needs a little company? This section provides ideas for simple sides to round out any meal.
Everyday Food magazine combines a simple and healthy, yet impressively flavorful approach to cooking that might be surprising given Martha Stewart’s do-it-all reputation. Everyday Food proves that she can make even the simple taste amazing.