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Nov 30, 2007 07:30 AM

Bon Appetit or Gourmet Magazine Subscription?

Hi all,

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?



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  1. Whichever one you do not choose you can find a subscription for on Ebay for about $5 per year.

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    1. re: jfood

      Jfood, you are a treasure. I had no idea this existed. My magazine addiction is loving the prices I'm finding on ebay.

      1. re: stolenchange

        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.

    2. If you're looking for real addvice on food, skip 'em both and get Fine Cooking and/or Cooks' Illustrated

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      1. re: WNYamateur

        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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        1. (Sorry about that)...that's not to say that you have to be an expert to cook anything in Gourmet, but I think that you will find more global recipes than in Bon Appetit. I enjoy them both.

        2. 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, 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.

          1. 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.

   (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.