Bon Appetit or Gourmet Magazine Subscription?
Amazon is offering a free subscription to Gourmet, Bon Appetit, or Domino with an order over $25 from Home and Garden Store. I already get Domino, so I was wondering which of these two mags should I pick up.
I would prefer a mag that offers more cooking advice, recipes than Restaurant reviews, although restaurant recipes would be great. I've read that Gourmet is more about dining out.
Any thoughts from you all?
Word to the wise:
- makes ure your mail box is big enough to handle the "deals' you see. jfood gets lots now
- you will stumble across some unscrupulous sellers that advertise for three years and only input for 1-year (happened to jfood w Architectural Digest)
- immediately place feedback on the site that "I will place input after 1 issue received." what happenes is one is happy when they get the confirming email and then wait the 10-12 weeks and then nothing. Then when you try to put a negative comment it's too late. Grab a placeholder
In the 15 magazines jfood has order the bad only happened once (ok not so bad one year of Arch Digest for $10) but it was supposed to be three. Others have been great.
I TOTALLY agree. I get all the magazines, but at the end of the day, the recipes and articles folded over in Fine Cooking, Cooks, and Cooking LIght far exceed those in Gourmet and Bon Appetit. I read Gourmet for Ruth Reichl. The rest I read simply to be up to speed and not miss trends.
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I've been buying both on a fairly regular basis over the years and I've probably made more of the recipes from Bon Appetit but used Gourmet more for restaurant research when I'm travelling and to read about various food related issues. You can get most of the recipes for both magazines off of epicurious.com, which makes it easier than trying to remember what back issue a particular recipe was in. I agree that Fine Cooking and Cook's Illustrated are better for teaching techniques and tips but Bon Appetit and Gourmet are both enjoyable reads, depending on your interests.
I prefer Gourmet. Plenty of recipes, and other info is a good read, w/ Ruch Reichl as editor in chief.
I find Bon Appetit more plebian, and uses cans more than Gourmet.
Cook's Illustrated drives me nuts! There is only One Right Way to Cook a Dish. Takes all the joy out of cooking, IMO.
ecookbooks.com (jessica's biscuit, a real brick and mortar bookstore in Mass.) offers free magazine subscriptions. I found their prices and service -- especially speedy delivery at regular prices -- to be superior to Amazon.