Ed­i­tor’s Note

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HERE’S WHAT HAP­PENS WHEN I GO UP­STAIRS TO THE TEST KITCHEN: They of­fer me some­thing (de­li­cious) to eat, and then we sit down to go over their recipe ideas. I tend to love ev­ery­thing they sug­gest, and maybe you think there’s a di­rect con­nec­tion there: Feed Sarah, and she’ll say yes to what­ever we want to do! I’m not go­ing to lie—I love to eat their food—but I don’t think that would work more than once (OK, maybe… three times?).

Mainly, I say yes to the Test Kitchen staff ’s ideas be­cause they are smart, thought­ful, and creative cooks who have an amaz­ing abil­ity to marry nu­tri­tion and fla­vor. But if any­thing does put me in the mood to ap­prove ideas, it’s ac­tu­ally not the food it­self, but the warmth with which it’s of­fered. It’s sec­ond na­ture to the Test Kitchen staff to make a visitor—even one who is there for meet­ings reg­u­larly—feel wel­come, and that spills over to the recipes they de­velop. They’re al­ways look­ing out for you too.

This month their big idea, while not about mak­ing up new recipes, came from that hos­pitable spirit. “How about a story on hav­ing a cook­book club?” they asked me. “What’s that?” I asked. The an­swer is on page 76: It’s like a book club, but in­stead of get­ting to­gether to talk about a novel, you all cook from the same cook­book and have a party to eat to­gether. Af­ter a lot of re­search and recipe test­ing, the Test Kitchen chose five new cook­books they think you’ll love. I hope you’ll try a cook­book club with your friends. Think of us in our kitchen—we’re

al­ways think­ing of you in yours!

The in­com­pa­ra­ble Kate Merker runs the Test Kitchen, and I’ll eat any­thing she tells me to.

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