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Oct 23, 2006 02:55 PM

Is Cooking Light magazine worth it?

Was thinking of subscribing to it. Thanks, Richie

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  1. My wife subscribes to this, and I think it's mostly worth it.

    We've probably make on average one recipe per issue, but also get a lot of ideas for how to make our own favorites a little healthier. After subscribing for about 3 years, I can only remember 1 or 2 duds.

    1. maybe. ive not had a good dessert recipe out of cooking light, EVER. i reccommend avoiding those.

      1. I know a lot of people like Cooking Light, but I have to say that most of the recipes that I tried from my one year subscription were not good... I probably tried about 6 or 7 recipes throughout the year, and all of them were either just plain bad or just so-so.

        I've only tried one recipe so far, but I enjoy Eating Well so much more than Cooking Light.

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        1. re: Katie Nell

          I agree. I find myself using more recipes from Eating Well than Cooking Light. EW also has more info about health and nutrition in general.

          1. re: Katie Nell

            Same here, plus the servings for most of the recipes, even though they are tiny are for a large number of people...


          2. I love mine.

            My only complaint is you have to watch the serving sizes.

            I made the key lime tart last spring and it was fantastic. I was looking at the ingredients and thought wow this isn't that low fat. Then I realized it called to use a 8 inch pan and said the recipe served 8. So basically they were banking on the smallest servings ever. Since then I've had an eye on their dessert recipes and they've all been for small cakes, pies and tarts but that serve 6 to 8.

            However I realize maybe that's the size of servings one is supposed to eat and I'm just a dessert glutton.

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            1. re: shana

              No, you're not! I think ALL their servings are small. Most dinner entrees are around 300 calories a serving because they are tiny. They tend to use higher calorie ingredients, such as cream or cheese--because people like those things--and then cut calories by cutting down the serving size. That's sort of cheating, I think. However, I have used quite of few of their recipes and continue to subscribe.

            2. I've never cooked a single thing from this magazine. In fact, I don't really see how any of the recipes qualify as "light" from my POV, having done WW a few times. Every time I read through a recipe, I think to myself that I could concoct the same thing on my own in a far healthier manner or better yet - not bother eating it at all. Just nothing really intrigues me about it.