Do You Subscribe to THE ROSENGARTEN REPORT??
is it worth the money??
I do subscribe and, as a resident of Canada, feel I'm not getting my money's worth. Many of the recommendations that Mr. Rosengarten makes are not available to me.
For residents of the U.S., it would be a different matter. You might want to subscribe to "Tastings," his free e-newsletter first, just to get a feel for his writing.
I subscribed to it for years, but have decided not to renew this year. I loved his show on the earlier Food Network and the newsletter seemed more like that in spirit at least. In the past, the report had many recipes and product suggestions that I found very helpful and informative. But over the past year or so, it seems to have changed direction to only those who have more disposable income than I do! Travel is strongly emphasized with special focus on his organized trips. This isn't what I'm looking for.
That said, the very last issue I got (a couple of months ago), had a couple of great recipes in it. Also, one issue had a very good article on sushi/sashimi. But this was not enough to make me change my mind.
So, it all depends on what you are looking to get out of it.
I'm a big fan of Taste, and I enjoy his cookbooks, but I say skip the paid newsletter.
I have subscribed for years, and I just skipped the renewal (runs out in a month or two).
It's not worth it for several reasons the biggest for me being that it's becoming a vehicle to promote his own projects, be it travel, food offers, whatever. After paying top dollar for his ham (which sucked and ruined our easter), I was pretty turned off by paying to get more and more ads for his stuff.
He's also just announced that he is changing the format, putting more into the free internet e-zine, and less into the newsletter. Fewer big tastings, more fluff.
and, If you want tastings of mass market products, look to Cooks Illustrated, Cooks Country, Consumer Reports or other magazines.