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A Hot New Dish

A Hot New DishThe founder of an innovative dining magazine, Tufts graduate Roseann Tully has The Boston Globecalling “Move over, Martha Stewart.” Melrose, Mass.

Boston [08.22.03] While a Tufts student studying abroad in Paris in 1975, Roseann Tully discovered her passion for food. Almost 20 years later, the Tufts graduate is turning that love for fine cuisine into a new career by founding Intermezzo, a food, travel and decorating magazine. Less than a year old, the publication has already been praised by the Boston Herald as "Boston's answer to Gourmet and Bon Appetit."

"Originally built to indulge her love of cooking and entertaining, [Tully's kitchen] now serves as the test kitchen for her new magazine, Intermezzo, which has earned widespread industry attention as well as circulation of 275,000 in 40 countries since its launch last November," reported The Boston Globe.

The bi-monthly publication, based in Melrose, Mass., caters to food hobbyists, as well as those interested in destination travel, and home décor that who the time to pick up several different periodicals.

"[Intermezzo is designed to be] an interesting, quality magazine that offers an escape from the stress of everyday life," the Tufts graduate - who worked in marketing and advertising before entering the magazine business - told the Herald.

Intermezzo features articles such as tips on what to stock in your kitchen and wine cellar, destination spotlights, book reviews, and dozens of recipes.

"This is not a snooty magazine," Tully told the Globe. "We write for real people. The goal is for each issue to offer information that will help people enjoy time shared with their friends and family...I hope people read it and love it."

Tully shuns the use of industry tricks, such as coating food in olive oil for photos, to make the recipes in Intermezzo look good - although she does admit to making several versions of each dish in her Lexington home in order to get it perfect.

"We don't do fake food," Tully told the Globe. "We cook it, and if it doesn't look right, we cook it again."

The Tufts French-major says that while her love of food comes from her Italian heritage, she really discovered her passion for cuisine during her semester abroad in Paris.

"My landlord went to the market every day, and she'd whip up a meal using whatever was fresh," Tully told the Globe. "Most things weren't fancy, but everything looked wonderful."

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