Two Magazines to Watch For

There are two magazines I'd like to tell you about. Both of them are of interest to Martha Stewart's readers, I think, and both of them were launched by self-starting entrepreneurs who wanted to share their vision of good living. The magazines are Beekman 1802 Almanac and BestRecipes.
I've known Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell for about eight years now. I've had the good fortune of getting to know them and have spent time with them at their beautiful farm in Sharon Springs, New York. They are two of the most intrepid, brilliant guys I have ever met - fearless in their commitment to cultivating a better life, for themselves and everyone they inspire. I've written about them before on this blog and if you haven't yet discovered their wonderful line of goats-milk products, housewares and furniture lines, cookbooks and style books, please visit their website to learn all about them.

I was thrilled to hear about the launch of their new magazine this month called Beekman 1802 Almanac. It is the natural next step in the evolution of this expanding brand. Designed to reflect the traditional farmers almanacs, the magazine provides lifestyle guidance with a rural twist and numerous recipes developed by Brent and Josh and some of their fellow cookbook authors. Their premier issue is available across the United States and Canada. It is filled with holiday decorating ideas, seasonal recipes and lifestyle profiles. Click here to find out where to buy it in the U.S. (In Canada, the magazine is available at Chapters/Indigo bookstores, Loblaws grocery stores and Shoppers Drugmart stores.)

This magazine came to my attention when its founder, Drew Maresco, contacted me through the blog, wondering if perhaps I would be interested in receiving a copy to peruse at home. Naturally, I said yes and I immediately related to the simple, delicious recipes and the beautiful presentation: gorgeous photographs, high-quality paper and a pared-down design that makes reading it a pleasure. The magazine is digest-size, reminiscent of the now-defunct Everyday Food magazine. This is no coincidence. Drew specifically modeled the magazine after Everyday Food, one of his favourite magazines. (Any readers who loved and miss Everyday Food need look no further than BestRecipes Magazine to get your fix. It is the perfect replacement.) It has published seven issues so far, with an eighth on the way. It is published seasonally, four times a year.
Vegan Amaretti Cookies from Best Recipes Magazine.

Drew studied graphic design and web design in college and combined his love of cooking and recipe development to create BestRecipesMag.com, the magazine's initial incarnation. When its readers began to urge Drew to publish a print format, he decided to give it a go. Currently, the magazine is available through subscription only via their website. I think Everyday Food fans will love this magazine! The fall issue is all about comfort food!

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