5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.
Barbara Fairchild joined the team at Bon Appétit magazine in 1978 - and 22 years later, in 2000, she became the magazine's editor-in-chief. Now, after 32 years at Bon Appétit - serving the last ten at the helm - Barbara Fairchild is moving on.
That's not to say that more than three decades at a food magazine doesn't create some sweet memories along the way. She chronicles such in her new cookbook Bon Appétit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful.
Join her on a sweet trip down memory lane, won't you?
My Five Favorite Dessert Memories During My 32 Years at Bon Appétit: Barbara Fairchild
2. "I love lemon, and so the double lemon bars really stand out. Also, the lemon shortbread squares because they are so easy to make."
3. "Cheesecake is another favorite of mine, and always a great party dessert since everyone feels very indulgent eating it. This time of year's real winner is the 'Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow-Sour Cream Topping and Gingersnap Crust'. It just tastes like the holidays to me."
4. "Can the classic chocolate chip cookie get any better? Yes, it can: When you add oats, almonds and dried tart cherries. Wow - that recipe is just genius."
5. "Tres leches cakes are so popular right now. I’m seeing them everywhere, and not just in Mexican restaurants. I love the one that we had in the magazine not too long ago, and now it’s in the book, too. That caramel flavor you get from the milk trio: it’s subtle, elusive - just unique."
You want recipes, you say? Right this way: 'Bon Appétit Desserts' recipe redux.
Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.