To live in New England in 2013 is to have access to a pantry stocked with the finest cheeses, the richest chocolates, the best cured meats, and the sweetest honeys—all made locally by people who care deeply about food. This old land of cod and beans has become a hotbed of culinary innovation—not just in its restaurants but also in the many artisanal products now crafted on small farms and in urban warehouses across our region. Like many Americans, we’ve become unapologetic lovers of good food—a notion that probably would’ve shocked the abstemious Pilgrims who once scratched a living from this rocky soil. In this season of thanks and gift giving, we celebrate the great culture of good food that has turned struggling dairy farmers into awardwinning cheesemakers, and entrepreneurial pickle makers into local stars. We tasted our way through farmers’ markets and gourmet shops, tracked prize winners at fairs, and talked with foodies across New England to find the 30 products that we highlight here. They’re some of the most delectable foods being made not just in New England, but in the country, today.
Special Dessert Collection
Crispy edges, chewy centers, and the spicy aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves take these Jumbo Ginger Molasses Cookies from... Read more
With their crisp shell and slightly chewy interior, meringue cookies are melt-in-your-mouth magic. Sometimes called "Forgotten Cookies," some versions of... Read more
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