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Just when Gourmet seems to be getting back on track, along comes December issue...

The past few issues of Gourmet have seemed to me to be a bit less on the icky-poo side, with some decent recipes.
Was looking through the December issue last night and found the Christmas cookie recipes to be so too-too ("geometric" cookies, wtf?) - I am a maniac baker but did not find any of the recipes in the least interesting.
There are also several extremely annoying advertising inserts printed on heavy stock which make it unpleasant to read the magazine.
Come on guys, have some consideration for your audience!

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  1. So funny...I spent my lunch today tearing out those advertising inserts. Haven't had a chance to read it yet...

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    1. re: heathermb

      I tear all of those ads out and throw them away before I ever look at the magazine. And, yeah, I used to look forward to the Dec. issue for cookies and these just did not do it for me. A very disappointing issue. And I had just resubscribed after letting it lapse.

    2. I have felt the same way about Bon Appetit lately, myself. For the past couple of years it seems like they're mainly just doing re-treads and pretty uninteresting, unimaginative stuff (including this December issue - the cookie recipes this year? meh.)

      Or maybe I've just been subscribing so long now that they have no choice but to start repeating themselves? I don't know, but I'm finding my subsciption to Fine Cooking much more interesting these days.

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      1. re: Andiereid

        I don't know... I'm a fairly new subscriber to Bon Appetit and haven't really been inspired by it... it's so cheap though!

      2. You know, content aside for a moment, what has driven me most nuts with food and travel mags (and I used to get them all) is the complete blurring between editorial and advertising. And I don't mean philosophically, but just physically--it's impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins, or to even quickly locate a contents page. Which is, in the end, what the ad folks want.

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        1. re: obob96

          I couldn't agree more and Gourmet seems to be the worst offender. My parents gave me Gourmet magazine as either a birthday or Christmas gift back in 1968 when I was but a mere teenager. I have had a subscription ever since. My last issue on my current subscription will be January 2007 and it will be my last issue. One of the big reasons I'm not renewing is that blurring of the line between content and advertising. The front 2/3s of the magazine is advertising, I'm tired of having to really search to find content.

          Oh, and my December issue is already in the trash. I couldn't even give it away, no one wanted it.

        2. Yeah, but how about throwing away 900 pages of Vogue to read Steingarten?

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          1. re: KRS

            I get Vogue for Steingarten and the amusement value. Most of what is in there is hilarious, models, clothes etc. For a dollar a month you cannot beat the laugh value. I don't know if there is anything out there that is funnier.

            1. re: Candy

              Hah! I thought I was the only one who read Vogue for the food writing!

          2. And what's with the stinky perfume ads? They've just shown up in my last 2 issues. Besides having allergies and asthma (esp. to that stuff), (imho) perfume ads don't belong in a food magazine, esp. one that seeks to be a "serious" food mag.

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            1. re: Concetta

              That ad was so stinking I tore it out w/o looking to see what "scent" it was -- so vile-- who wants to smell like that!

              1. re: Sarah

                If you call the subscription department number on the masthead you can request no scented inserts - I've done that in the past and they fix it pretty promptly. I agree that perfume ads don't belong in a food magazine in the first place!

                1. re: Allstonian

                  We already did that once, and we got the stink insert in the November issue.

              2. re: Concetta

                Definitely call them and tell them no stinky magazines. I did that years ago with Bon Appetit. Evidently, there are tons of people who hate those perfume cards and don't want them scent-polluting their house.