Food is central in our office. Most days, lunches are glorified leftovers from a killer recipe found in a circulating issue of Bon Appétit magazine. And, if the delicious attempt was a dessert (blueberry crumb bars, anyone?), well, it’s up for grabs in the kitchen. We call on Nicky’s in the North Side for its unmatched vegetable Pad Thai and green curry, and for every office birthday, there are sweets, guaranteed. The best part? Sharing. I’m thrilled to share with you this issue, collectively constructed by our team, in my new post as Executive Editor. Perhaps a trip to the farmers market is your favorite weekend excursion. The largest regional Farmers Market Directory, with nearly 180 farms and farmstands, is at your fingertips. Before you go, get the juicy details on the season’s superstars, stone fruit, and its summer-in-your-hand varieties. After all, what’s better than a good, ripe peach? Pick a pepper, any pepper, as three chefs share their favorite recipes for the passel of peppers ready for picking in your garden. How does your garden grow? We explore the benefits of perennial gardens, and ask the experts for prime planting tips. And, if you’ve been searching for fresh reads, look no further. From food coaching to craft cocktail recipes, we’ve hand-picked eight books that will inspire you. There is so much more in the issue! We encourage you to relish every last bit of summer with a glass of wine and a healthy pore over our pages.
Andrea Bosco, Executive Editor
P.S. I’d love to add to my list of restaurants and recipes to try. Tweet us where you go and what you’re whipping up in the kitchen @edibleallegheny!