Welcome weekend wonders
The New York Times is often referred to as the "newspaper of record." For me, a native New Yorker, it's always been the "newspaper of recipes," too. I've clipped recipes for years and have the folders of stained newsprint to prove it. So, it's a culinary blessing when the Times gathers the cream of its recipe crop into a book. The latest is The New York Times Country Weekend Cookbook, edited by Linda Amster, with a foreword by Mark Bittman. With more than 200 recipes by renowned chefs and food writers, it celebrates that ineffable change that makes Friday night so special and weekend cooking, unique. Whether you retreat to your mountain cabin, beach house, lakefront lodge or your living room sofa, you can choose from an array of "Quick Suppers After a Long Drive" (your daily commute qualifies), a bonanza of breakfast/brunch and lunch ideas, veggie variations galore for turning a farm stand visit into a feast, including make-ahead salads that heat up or cool down, a stunning selection of dinner dishes from Charred Striped Bass Niçoise to Tandoori-Style Whole Leg of Lamb and an ingenious recipe planning chart. "Thank God, it's Friday" will take on new meaning!