Bon Appetit February 2021

Bon Appétit focuses on what's "now" in the world of food, drink, and entertaining, while still giving readers valuable cooking tools, tips, and most of all, recipes. This food lifestyle publication looks at life through the lens of food & cooking in, dining out, travel, entertainment, shopping and design.

United States
Conde Nast US
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
brighten up

IT WOULD BE DRAMATIC to say I hate February, but sometimes in the dead of winter, dramatics are necessary. February (here in New York, at least) is dreary, cold, dark. It’s cancel-plans weather, wearthe-same-sweatpants-every-day weather. Needless to say, it’s not a month that inspires great creativity in me. But this year, on the heels of a very long stretch of canceling plans and wearing the same sweatpants, I’m trying to stay positive and reframe how I feel about it. Which is why I love this month’s Healthyish issue so much. It’s bright and fun, and it makes me want to get out of my comfort zone and try some new things. Take the “Feel Good Food Plan” (page 44), for which we asked the mega-talented DeVonn Francis to develop eight fresh,…

7 min
family meal

A WINTER SQUASH is the cozy sweater of the vegetable world, but peeling one can be a cumbersome job—which is why we often skip the process entirely by using varieties with edible skins. You can make Molly Baz’s cheesy squash gratin (p.12) with virtually any winter squash, but choosing types you don’t need to peel, such as colorful delicata or sturdy acorn, keeps prep to a minimum. Mix and match a few different varieties to make the finished dish pop. Cheesy Winter Squash Gratin Whether you use a mix of squash or just one kind, slice the pieces all the same size so they cook evenly RECIPE BY MOLLY BAZ 4–6 SERVINGS 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided, plus more for pan3½ lb. delicata and/or acorn squash, halved, seeds removed, cut crosswise ¼" thick1 large white…

2 min
no booze, no problem

NONALCOHOLIC BEER used to feel like an afterthought, thrown at the bottom of beer lists or onto the most out-of-reach shelf at the liquor store. Because, to be quite frank, booze-free beer was an afterthought. As the availability and quality of craft beer skyrocketed over the past decade, nondrinkers and the sober-curious were stuck with a watery not-quite-beer product. But that’s not the case anymore. There’s been massive progress in the field of nonalcoholic craft beer, which now includes plenty of products that could pass unnoticed in a lineup of fully alcoholic offerings. Fruit-forward unfiltered IPAs, crisp, clean lagers, and lip-smacking sour ales are being produced by breweries with varying proprietary methods of removing alcohol from their beer. While some of these companies also brew regular craft beer, most have…

3 min
1 got plant questions? ask the plant kween

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF quarantine, Christopher Griffin, a.k.a. @plantkween, has acted as my digital wellness tonic. Their glowing self-portraits (always mid-laugh, decked out in something fabulous, and surrounded by an indoor jungle of 185-and-counting houseplants) and videos (along with a salutatory “daaahlings!”) are the moments of verdant bliss my gloom-and-doom-filled Instagram feed needs. But facing down a long, cold winter lockdown, I realized what I needed even more was an IRL space as green as Griffin’s. So, desperate for advice, I caught up with the Kween themself for answers to all my most burning botanical questions. What are the easiest-to-keep-alive houseplants for noobs and known plant murderers like myself? The snake plant is the queen of all plants. She is a wonderful air purifier and desert-resistant, so you don’t need to water…

2 min
2 grunt all you want in your home gym

Equipment I bought a Schwinn IC3 stationary bike on sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Then I picked up some pandemic-surge-priced eight-pound dumbbells. I stacked up stolen sweat towels from the country’s finest Hampton Inns. Dented Bluetooth speaker, yoga mat…check. Instead of the steam room, I steam up my shower. Instead of the locker-room gossip, I think about what’s for lunch and where my life is headed. I named a spider on the stairwell Dan (sorry, Dan). Workouts YouTube, Aaptiv, and the Cindy Crawford workout tape from 1992 where she does crunches in jean cutoffs. But I decided that any movement counts as “going to the gym” now, and switching it up keeps things from getting boring in these very repetitive times. I like walking a loop around the neighborhood, checking out everyone’s new…

1 min
4 (re)organize your kitchen

Professional organizer Faith Roberson is here to restore order in our overworked, undercleaned kitchens Just Add Turntables Revolving trays maximize space in cabinets, under the sink, and inside your fridge. Measure your shelves before buying, then rotate as needed. You’ll never lose a jar of mustard again. Go Multipurpose Keep an eye out for versatile items that free up your shelves and your budget. Use a salad spinner insert as a colander, and mason jars for storing dried goods or drinking. Relocate the Junk Drawer Move that rubber band ball into another less-trafficked room, then use the newly empty kitchen drawer to store small appliances, utensils, and spices. Use That Wall Space Install hooks on empty kitchen walls to hang pots and pans. Your most-used kitchenware will be at the ready and bulkier equipment (like that clunky blender)…