Onions are the most versatile and inspiring vegetables in our kitchens. As we've learned from Dana Bowen's article "Roots of Flavor
" in Issue #142
, these pearly orbs are cultivated everywhere from China to Africa to the United States. With their complex mix of sugars and aromatic compounds, it's easy to see why they provide the foundation of flavor to so many of the world's cuisines. Celebrate this ubiquitous vegetable with this simple and elegant menu, featuring onion and parsley salad, poached trout, onion gratin, and a nice big gibson martini—garnished with an onion, of course.