But first, some background: Twenty-five years ago, the premier issue of Cook’s Illustrated arrived on newsstands and in mailboxes. Since then, we’ve helped millions of home cooks become more successful in the kitchen. And that kind of accomplishment deserves celebrating.
To do just that, we’ve been planning a big birthday party, the Cook's Illustrated 25th Birthday Bash on September 14 (click here to learn more and grab your tickets). And all great parties need great beer.
It’s fitting that Trillium will brew the first-ever Cook’s Illustrated beer—and not just because they make some of the most sought-after beers in the country today. JC, like so many of our current readers, subscribers, and fans (myself included), was introduced to Cook’s Illustrated magazine at a young age and was immediately hooked. He keeps stacks of back issues and uses them as a culinary library. He credits the magazine for 99 percent of his culinary training over the years.
But it’s not just the deep explanations of kitchen phenomena, original stories chronicling the test kitchen process, or foolproof recipes (a few of JC and Esther’s family favorites are French Onion Soup, Boston Cream Pie, Butterscotch Pudding, and French Apple Cake) that appeal to him. Framed illustrations from the back covers of the magazine line the walls of his and Esther’s kitchen at home. Not only that, Esther confides that the pen-and-ink illustrations that grace the labels on Trillium cans were directly inspired by the magazine’s aesthetic as well.