This afternoon I stopped in at the King Arthur Flour Baker's Store in Norwich, Vermont, to buy a cranberry scone. On my way out the door I noticed a slim stack of magazines offered gratis to visitors. It was the grape cluster on the cover that caught my eye, and its title, Edible Green Mountains, promising "the culinary heritage of Vermont—season by season."
I perused my copy this evening, noting with interest an article on Vermont wines with a mention of Snow Farm Vineyard, whose Léon Millot we recently reviewed. Visiting the website of the magazine's parent organization, Edible Communities, I learned there are twenty-seven other "edible" publications, for regions as diverse as Allegheny, Toronto, Manhattan, Phoenix, and the Twin Cities. The website seems designed mostly to promote these sister sites, but one site section, Guest Writers, really shines. The stories are first-person, personal and informative, with a strong voice. If I were the site editor, I'd build this out, giving it a central role. It's that good.