I’ve been an inveterate food magazine reader for years. And, yes, I mean print magazines. Even with the rise of digital food media, I still get stacks of paper food publications every month and Bon Appetit is always on top. So I was shocked that I didn’t know something super cool about my favorite mag: The folks behind the Bon Appetit RSVP column will track down a recipe for your favorite dish from any restaurant. Just for you. Here’s the deal.

RSVP is a monthly column that publishes reader-requested recipes from restaurants all around the country. Even better, between being tracked down and going to print, the recipes are tested by the BA test kitchen so that you know they’ll work at home. Genius.

Requesting a recipe is easy: Just send an email to rsvp@bonappetit.com or direct a message to @BonAppRSVP on Twitter with your favorite restaurant dish, along with the name of the restaurant and the city it’s in. Then they’ll do their best to track down the recipe for you.



Above, clockwise from top left: Miso Doughnuts at Hinoki & The Bird in Los Angeles; Lentil Croquettes with Watercress and Kefir at Bar Tartine in San Francisco; Ham and Pea Hand Pies at Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco; Tofu Yum-Yum Rice Bowl at World Street Kitchen in Minneapolis
(Photo: Alex Lau for Bon Appetit)


Now I’m not sure that I need to make all of my favorite restaurant meals at home, especially without a full staff at my disposal, but I like the idea of having that option. Like for a party. Can you think of a better way to impress your guests than serving up a killer restaurant-quality meal? Or making the dessert you and your beau shared over your first date for your next anniversary dinner?

If nothing else, just knowing what goes into your favorite restaurant dish can become inspiration for making a simpler version at home, which is probably more affordable than dining at your favorite spot. Weekly.

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