Although summer has not yet officially arrived, the June issue of Martha Stewart Living is always a good pre-launch read. I've said before on the blog that summer issues of magazines are not generally favourites of mine. In Canada summer is basically just a sneeze in a long, long winter cold (to borrow a Joni Mitchell line) so there's such an urgency to get outside and experience it rather than read about it. Still, Martha's summer issues are always good guides to making those long, languorous days a little more inspired. The June issue - which is the annual food issue - has an excellent flow to it that keeps the reader engaged.
There are other great things to admire about the issue, too. The requisite June article on grilling was lost on this apartment dweller (who has actually never been attracted to the art of grilling) but many will enjoy the plethora of delicious-looking offerings. There is a delicious cake recipe to try. I tried it and it's been added to my list of 'Best Cakes' which I keep on file on this clunky old PC. There are some fun Father's Day crafts and Martha serves up some fun cocktails to try this summer. It was a pleasure to read this issue.
Subscribers will enjoy an alternate cover featuring Martha wearing a dress by Nili Lotan.
JUNE ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:
Favourite Good Thing: Fun Father's Day shirt cards, page 25
Favourite Recipe: Lemon Cake with Raspberry Cream-Cheese Frosting, page 64
Favourite Find: Christophe Pourny's Studio Store, particularly the hats, page 46.
Favourite Feature: "Crystal Clear" by Kevin West