This week I baked only old stand-bys – banana bread from a yellowed page torn out of an old, discarded edition of Joy of Cooking because it wasn’t in the newer edition that I bought as a replacement – and two batches of brownies – one from a King Arthur Flour recipe and one from a Baker’s Chocolate recipe. So, with no cookbooks to review for Weekend Cooking, I decided to write about some of the other ways I spend time thinking about food without actually preparing any…by reading my email.
I follow food blogs through Feedly, but rarely check it, so Feedly has turned out to be more of a collection of bookmarks or favorites than a feed reader for me. If I get something in my email, I’m more likely to check out the actual post on the blog or the page on a Web site.
Here are my three current favorite free foodie newsletters:
SAVEUR — Recipes in SAVEUR are the ones I end up pinning most often, and I’ve actually made one or two of them. Recent emails include “Vibrant Mexican Drinks and Dishes for Cinco de Mayo” (including Party-Ready Margaritas) and springtime-themed posts such as Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake and A British-Inspired Spring Tea.
The Splendid Table — I’ve written about Lynne Rossetto Kasper, a food idol of mine, and her public radio show before, but have to include the Splendid Table email newsletter, The Weeknight Kitchen, here. I kind of wish Lynne would go on a gluten-free diet, but for all those who still bake with wheat flour, mouths will be watering over the seasonal recipes she shares, such as Rhubarb Frangipane Pie (great recipe for Mother’s Day?????) from a cookbook called First Prize Pies and Green Fettucine with Asparagus, Basil, and Butter from The Italian Vegetable Cookbook by Michele Scicolone.
Tasting Table — A daily email featuring food, drink, restaurants, bars, and menus, the Tasting Table newsletter entices you to visit the Web site with subject headings in your in-box such as “Building the Perfect Lobster Roll” (I don’t need this one, because my husband already can do this, but others might find it helpful!); “The Riesling Whisperer” (I’ve been on a Riesling kick for a while now.); “The After-School Snack You’ll Want to Eat All the Time” (Turns out to be Khao Tung Na Tung, a little complicated for an after-school snack, but sounds like something I actually would want to eat all the time); and “It’s Friday–Make the Perfect Margarita” (no explanation needed).
Do you read any of these newsletters? Do you have any others to recommend to me? (Please don’t! I don’t have time for more!)
Happy Weekend Cooking!