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Gourmet or Bon Appetit?

This morning I got an email from Amazon saying that because of my recent purchase in Home and Garden, I am eligible to receive a free one-year subscription to Bon Appetit or Gourmet (or Domino, but that isn't about food, so that one was easy to eliminate).

I've never really looked at either of these magazines ... I went to their sites online, but they look pretty much the same to me (and in fact, I believe they come from the same publisher).

Does anyone have any thoughts as to how they differ, and which one is "better"?

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  1. I have subscriptions to both. Personally, I prefer Bon Appetit over Gourmet. I find it to be more readable, if you will....

    I would recommend going to your local library (or neareast bookstore) and checking out the magazine rack to compare the 2. You should decide what YOU like better. Everyone's taste is different.

    1. More reliable and user friendly recipes in Bon Appetit IMO.

      1. I would go to Epicurious.com and look through the recipes. Then you can see what you like and whether it is from Bon App├ętit, or Gourmet. Whichever one wins, you subscribe to.

        1. I subscribe to both and they are essentially the same mag. Same publisher. Where Bon Appetit has a section titled "Too Busy To Cook?" Gourmet has the same section titled "Everyday Gourmet". I do like the section in Bon Appetit where readers can write in and request them to get the recipes for their favorite restaurant dishes.

          I am not certain, but I think that Gourmet has been around a bit longer tho. Gourmet's recipes are a little more advanced (higher end ingredients, more steps, etc)... but Bon Appetit is catching up in that dept. also.

          Yeah, and any recipe found in the mag can also be found on Epicurious.com.

          1. Ditto positive comments on Bon Appetit. I've been subcribing for a million years and still enjoy it every month. I got Gourmet back in the day and recently got a good deal on a new subscription and I'm hating it! To start with the food photography makes everything look gray. It has more "travel writing" if you like that, but I don't think the recipes are as accessible.

            1. I would say Gourmet. I like the fact that Gourmet tends to have more travel-related food articles and recipes than Bon Appetit and I travel a lot. I love the issues they have come out that highlight restaurants and recipes for cuisine from a specific area, e.g., whole issues on London, NYC and Montreal food come to mind. My mom is really into cooking but does not travel much so she prefers Bon Appetit for the same reason.

              1. I subscribe to both as well, but probably won't be extending my Bon Appetit. I've been getting Gourmet for 3 years now, Bon Appetit for... 3 issues, and I am not impressed. I find Gourmet to be a much better read, though I rarely make any of their recipes (go figure). I guess it really depends on what you're looking for.

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                1. re: linguafood

                  I totally agree regarding Gourmet. Much better restaurant coverage and extensive travel writing. If that's your thing go Gourmet. If you want recipes, I'd have to recommend Bon Appetit.

                2. Whichever one you do not purchase go toEbay, click on Books, then Magazine Subscriptions/Cooking and you can order a year of the "loser" for about $5 for the year.

                  1. I prefer Bon Appetit. I find that I cut out more of the recipes and actually make them.

                    1. I like to see the Jane and Michael Stern Roadfood column in Gourmet.So that is a plus if it is something of interest.

                      1. Not to confuse things and I realize you are trying to decide between two magazines that are being offered to you for free but...
                        A really interesting food prep mag with easy recepies, looking at cooking from a refreshing perspective is Penzey's "One".
                        http://www.penzeysone.com/cgi-bin/one...

                        1. I dropped Bon Apetite when I got tired of all those articles featuring Southern California yuppies partying on their patios.

                          1. I used to love Gourmet, and I learned a lot from it in my earlier cooking days. But in the last couple of years, Gourmet, in my opinion, has become a long series of "special advertising sections" glorifying the upper class lifestle. (And I live in southern Marin County, one of the country's ground zeros for that type of person!) The only reason I still subscribe is the Jane and Michael Stern column which seems increasingly out of place in this collection of glossy ads loosely tied together by some food and travel articles. It's really a shame.
                            I have never been a fan of Bon Appetit - it always seemed too suburban to me.
                            I really like Saveur, although I never cook anything from it. I guess my favorite print food periodicals are the Wednesday food sections of the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

                            1. I let my suscription to Bon Appetit lapse. 60% of the content is ads, too many "lifestyle" articles, not enough recipes. Even though you can get a free subscription, why bother? Go to epicurious.com, all the recipes are there, and avoid the clutter of having old magazines lying around.