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bruce in oakton Feb 1, 2008 06:53 AM

any thoughts about Cooks' Illustrated on line? Anyone use it much? Is it worth the extra 20 bucks a year?

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    jazzy77 Feb 2, 2008 10:02 AM

    I had a subscription to CI, which also allowed me access to the site. I used it once to find a particular recipe (which, in the end, I wasn't a huge fan of), and then perused their equipment reviews for about 20 minutes. There are so many other free resources for recipes online, I can't imagine actually paying extra for their service.....

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      Alan408 Feb 2, 2008 10:29 AM

      I have been subscribing to the magazine for a couple of years and occasionally watch the television show.

      I try ~6-8 of their recipes a year, but have incorporated many of their methods in my cooking.

      To me, CI recipes are middle of the road. The staff (on the tv show) seem to be technically qualified but not "ethnic" nor "authentic". The foods they cook are "cafeteria or dorm food flavored".

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        eatmyfood Feb 2, 2008 11:53 AM

        I agree with Jazzy77. There is so much online - no need to pay for the advice. I do like their cookbooks so I probably spend more than $20 a year already.

        my blog http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com

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          bruce in oakton Feb 3, 2008 06:28 AM

          Thanks - that pretty much sums up my thoughts - I know that CI takes no advertising for the magazine, however an extra $20 seems a lot to be able to access their website completely.

        2. ccbweb Feb 3, 2008 09:04 AM

          I paid up for the online version and then dropped the magazine. All of the recipes from the magazine are online (and usually several weeks in advance of print publication) and I had less to recycle. If you're willing to skip the hard copy, the website serves all of the needs I have.

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