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Food Magazines? Which is your favorite?

I want to subscribe to a few food magazines and wondered which shouldn't be missed. I like a magazine with a good balance of recipes/features/travel stories. I don't like crafty ideas or overly-processed food.

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  1. I like Bon Appetit and Cook's Illustrated - they don't have much on travel stories but I feel that it's a good solid food magazine.

    1. In 40 years of cooking, I've taken them all. The ones I go back to time and again are Cooks Illustrated; Food and Wine; Fine Cooking; Bon Appetit. That said, I am dropping Cook's Illustrated and taking the "on-lilne" version. There's been a lot a backing and forthing on this site about charging subscribers for "on-line" access. I won't pay for both Some charge for on-line and some do not. As far as travel related stories, I dropped Saveur because it became a "travel" magazine. Bon Appetit usually has one or two travel articles as does Food and Wine. All, except CI are beautifully photographed. Have fun!

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      1. re: amazinc

        You're right that CI isn't beautifully photographed, but the back cover art alone is worth the cost of the magazine! Someday, I think I'll take those covers and have them framed for my kitchen.

        1. re: coney with everything

          My two favorites are Art Culinare and Food Arts.

      2. I have Bon Appetit mags in various states of crusty disrepair dating back to the 70's. Some I inherited from my mom where I had, it seems, started my strange habit of writing commentary on recipes. Apparently I thought a particular cherry dessert from the mid seventies "Yuckablucky pitooey". My mom still laughs about that when she visits and sifts thru the old mags for something for us to make together.

        I have the giant Bon Ap. compilation book, but I always go back to the mags. Good "Other than food, but food related" features too.

        1. I love the pictues in Regal. It's a magazine from france.

          1. I like Donna Hay's magazine. The photography is gorgeous (each recipe has a photo to boot; I believe she was a food stylist originally), a good mix of fresh foods--vegetarian, carnivore, and ethnic options. I have a huge stack of them that I go through over and over again. Only downside is that it's Australian, so the seasons are opposite. (That's a good reason to keep a stack of them.) You can subscribe via Amazon or general Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods carries it. Generally, the recipes aren't too difficult, and you taste the ingredients, which is a big plus in my book.

            1. This may get a thumbs down because it is not technically "food" but how about Sunset or Southern Living (if you live in the West or South - respectively). I have found both mag's recipes to be top notch and very accessible. Not only that, they provide info on the area like where to go to get really good baked goods, what restaurant is new and happening, regional happenings, local fun trips and where to eat while there... and then they provide localized gardening tips (food and flowers) and a little decorating/craft advice tossed in for good measure. I get lots of good ideas (and, cough, collect those mags too) from those mags.

              1. I'm Canadian but I'm partial to the UK and Aussie publications like Good Food, Delicious and Olive. The photography is nice. I like that they get real people to try recipes or taste them and comment. There's also vegetarian and special dietary recipes and the product reviews look useful (if only i had access to them!).

                1. Back in the 70's and 80's, I really enjoyed "Gourmet". The travelogues by Fred Ferretti made me feel I was right there with him, and I found the recipes interesting and the photography beautiful. However, after Ruth Reichl took over, I found the new graphics unattractive, and the entire tone of the magazine seemed to change. I let my subscription lapse, and have rarely looked at it since.

                  "Fine Cooking" is now my favourite. They tend to concentrate on food (i.e. not so much travel) and technique, and they have very informative articles and reviews of equipment and ingredients. Highly recommended.