May is, without a doubt, my favourite month of the year. (A close second is October, but for entirely different reasons). May is a blossoming burst of exuberance in the city where I live: tulips and daffodils springing up everywhere, leaves unfurling, cool breezes and a warming sun. It's so idyllic. The May issue of Martha Stewart Living is often a perennial favourite of mine. As I've said here so many times before, no other magazine I know of can so brilliantly celebrate a given month with such fervor and grace, diving into all the things that make the month worth enjoying.
The May 2021 issue is what I might call a quieter reflection on the month at hand, but that's ok. I was hoping for a cover with a photograph of a big bouquet of tulips, or a meandering garden scene lit by the morning sun. The pan of chicken and vegetables looks scrumptious, to be sure, but to me felt a little underwhelming for the month of May. (And, yes, I know that magazines with food covers sell better at the newsstand than a cover depicting anything else. The company does need to protect its bottom line).
Still, the issue has some gorgeous content, which has kept me coming back for multiple readings.rhubarb-apple-almond cobbler, which I intend to make next month when rhubarb is in season here. A plethora of rhubarb recipes in this opening feature, including one salad, are welcome to this reader!