January can be a little all over the place when it comes to food.
On the one hand, most New Year's resolutions are to eat better. Many of us start the new year aspiring to spare, sensible meals of poached salmon and steamed spinach.
But January is also the real onset of winter. All the cold and the snow make us want to bunker down for some serious comfort food — those stick-to-your-ribs classics perfect for the most hygge-worthy winter nights.
It's not surprising, then, that this dichotomy shows up in food magazines, too. The pages of January issues are filled with juice cleanses, stripped-down salads, and lean proteins, alongside sumptuous pastas, creamy risottos, hearty stews, and all-day braises.