Have you ever seen/heard of the magazine Art Culinaire. This may be one of the best food/cooking/spirits publications* you've never read. AC is a seasonally (4x/year) published magazine full of food porn (literally - large, glossy pics of the sexiest food you've ever laid eyes on. This magazine is actually hard-bound and looks as good as any celeb-chef cookbook you're bound to drop $40 on. When I paper-cut that space between my 1st and 2nd fingers with the subsription card (and yelled, "#$%%^!@") I noticed that one year of AC goes for $59. For 4 issues of any old average food magazine, I would skoff, and say, "yeah right. I'll pay for that." However, I'll gladly fork over some dough for 4 beautifully bound recipe books containing such treats as:
- Lobster and Potato Salad Rolls (by Robert McGrath of Roaring Fork) - try it with Mark West's Corsican Pinot
- Seared Ono with Warm Mango-Coconut Bubble Tea & Avocado (by Kevin Binkley of Mary Elaine's @ the Phoenician) - How 'bout a nice glass of Erbaluce eccentricity by B. Doon?
- Black Olive-Marinated Lamb Steak with Sunchokes & Lemon Chutney (by Don Pintabona) - sip some Lively Liveli Negroamaro
*Full disclosure: Several months ago, I was interviewed for an article about funk (Gotta Have The Funk) for the Summer issue. I promptly forgot about the interview until a copy of Art Culinaire was sent to me by the interviewer. I was honestly amazed by the quality and creativity of the publication - in spite of my lame-o quotes.