THE UN-ILLUSTRATED CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL

In the preface to The United States of Arugula, I allude to Cook’s Illustrated magazine as a “meticulousy researched, trend-averse anti-glossy that has thrived since its founding in 1980.” Reader Angela Miller of southeastern Pennsylvania wrote in to say that she’s certain that Cook’s Illustrated didn’t exist until 1993, since she has its debut issue from that year. Ms. Miller is right. Christopher Kimball, the bowtied editor of Cook’s Illustrated, did indeed introduce a magazine in 1980, but it was a predecessor to his current empire (which also includes Cook’s Country magazine and the America’s Test Kitchen show and books), and it was simply called Cook’s.

October 25, 2007  Link  Dept. of Corrections  Share/Bookmark

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