by Sybil PrattMay, 2007
Martha to the rescue
Martha Stewart has the miraculous gift of knowing what her audience wants and giving it to them. She launched Everyday Food, a digest-sized magazine devoted to simple, satisfying dinners made with a minimum of fuss and filled with maximum flavor, in 2003. Two years later she and her talented minions added a companion TV series that airs on PBS. Now Martha and Co. have gathered 250 recipes from the magazine into a gorgeously illustrated cookbook called Everyday Food: Great Food Fast. The recipes are divided by season and each one has a full-color photograph of the finished, plated dish so you know what you're aiming for. Anyone familiar with Martha-managed recipes knows that the directions are simple and straightforward with extra tips tucked in and the header notes, helpful. It's spring, so try the cream of asparagus soup, lamb chops with fresh mint-pepper sauce, gingered sugar snaps and rhubarb crisp, then keep these easy winner dinners coming as the seasons change.