Christopher Kimball, PBS alum, launches super-smart publication.
Today’s mail brought a plastic-wrapped copy of the inaugural issue of Milk Street Magazine, the erstwhile host of “America’s Test Kitchen” on PBS and founder of the esteemed Cooks Illustrated. ATK was a brainy cooking program about classic American fare — no gimmicks — hosted by Christopher Kimball. With his bow tie and his professorial demeanor, he gave credibility to the scholarly and analytical way that dishes were presented. The magazine is cleanly designed with legible type and excellent food photos. And it is scholarly in its food history and cultural references.
I’m not up on the issues that resulted in Kimball’s departure from PBS, but Boston Magazine’s “Christopher Kimball: Bow Ties, Recipes & Law Suits” provides some background and other tidbits. I’m enjoying cruising through the stories and the recipes, but I’m thinking it might just be too detailed for me. I’ve toned down my kitchen ambitions. But if I decide to subscribe, six issues a year are $19.95 right now. Click here to subscribe for yourself or as a gift for the brainy cook in your life.