So many recipes, so little time......

Cover of The Bon Appetit Cookbook
A review of The Bon Appetit Cookbook by Barbara Fairchild

I’ve always been a big fan of Bon Appetite magazine, so much so that I had saved all the magazines and indexes from 1980 on.  It was only when I remodeled my kitchen a few years ago that I sadly got rid of them.  But now comes the new Bon Appetit Cookbook chock full of 1200 recipes!  Sure you can go online to Epicurious and find many of the Bon Appetit recipes.  But there’s nothing better than becoming good friends with a cookbook you will enjoy for several years , nothing better than seeing those stained pages that scream “this is a good one”!  Written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the magazine, most of the recipes have been carefully selected by Bon Appetit readers and staff and most are from the last 15 years.

The book is broken into 22 chapters including a chapter called "Notes from the Test Kitchen" which gives tips and techniques on kitchen equipment, well stocked pantries and some cooking terminology.  What I find a really nice touch is that each recipe is accompanied by a paragraph offering serving recommendations, notes on ingredients and possible substitutions.  There are a few illustrations scattered throughout the book  and 32 pages of colored photos.  But best of all are the recipes! I’ve always enjoyed the recipes I’ve made from the magazine, nothing too complicated, easy to follow directions and usually good results.  An added bonus is a year's subscription to the magazine with the purchase of the book.  So open those pages and start cooking, so many recipes, so little time.