Does Tasting Table specifically target our gluten-free community? No, but many of the recipes are naturally gluten-free, or can be modified to be gluten free without a lot of effort. For example, Tasting Table is now offering a free digital cookbook with 12 recipes from its Sous Chef Series. Each recipe was adapted for the home cook in its Test Kitchen. Nine of the recipes are gluten free as written;three call for flour, bread crumbs and soy sauce and one salad calls for farro, but you can make easy substitutions with gluten-free products. Farro is a variety of hard, non-hybridized wheat kernel that has been grown and used in Italy for centuries. Maria and I are planning to use quinoa, rice or gluten-free pasta in the farro salad recipe.
Tasting Table, which published its first daily email in 2008, considers itself unique because it makes epicurean recommendations that are "authentic, trustworthy and actionable.” The company says you can get the most from its information services by taking the following steps:
Keep Current With Dining Dispatch: to keep you current on food news in your neighborhood, it reports on openings, closings and other major updates in the Dining Dispatch [URL] section at the bottom of its local-edition emails.
Use Its Short List Cheat Sheet: Also at the bottom of its city edition emails is
the Short List, your quick guide to where its editors are eating right now, and
a handy cheat sheet for when you need to find a last-minute dinner spot.
Build Your To-Do List: When an article piques your interest, just click the red “Save This” button at the bottom of the article to store that recommendation to your personalized To-Do list. Access your personal list anytime by clicking “To-Dos” in the navigation bar at Tasting Table. It even keeps your list organized by category: Dining, Wine, Drinks, Cooking, Travel and More.
Take It To-Go: Download a free iPhone application, Tasting Table To-Go, to take your To-Do list with you, to access the Short List cheat sheet, to read articles from the archives or to use a map to find Tasting Table recommendations near your current location.
Plan Ahead With Weekend Menu: Each Thursday, city editions publish a Weekend
Menu, which rounds up the best culinary events happening in multiple cities. From street fairs to wine tastings to cooking classes and beyond, it previews the weekend’s upcoming events so you can plan ahead.
Follow Your Stomach With Flight Plan: Once monthly, the National edition publishes food news from international food festivals to regional wine pressings and more.
Get Social: It’s not always fun to dine alone. Take advantage of the share buttons at the bottom of every Tasting Table email to forward an article to friends, or to post
to your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ feeds.
Tasting Table offers eight city editions, plus a national edition. Its city editors publish local picks daily in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. When you join Tasting Table, your zip code is used to suggest the closest edition to your hometown, but you can add other city editions in case you want information from other locations.
For an extra helping of Tasting Table, you can sign up for two specialty editions with your membership:
Chefs’Recipes Tasting Table: Chefs' Recipes shares exclusive recipes from
buzz-worthy chefs around the country, adapted for the home cook. Every recipe
is thoroughly evaluated in Tasting Table’s Test Kitchen.
Top Shelf: Once a week, Tasting Table Top Shelf delivers the latest trends, cocktail recipes, ingredients and spirits shaping liquid culture from coast to coast.
By now, you have either lost interest in this posting or are thinking about signing up. Give it a try! It is free and you can always cancel your membership if you don’t think the emails are useful, or decide your email inbox is too full. As for me, I am happily sharing Tasting Table’s Fifty Best Bars story with friends in Atlanta and other cities that made the list. Maria and I are hoping for reports back on which bars have good gluten-free beer and bar food. (Susan)