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Dec 4, 2010 06:06 PM

Where Women Cook, new magazine
1st issue features Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman on the cover and Robin Brown of Magnolia Pearl; Serena Thompson, The Farm Chicks; Mamma Agata's Cooking School on Italy's Amalfi Coast; CAKE, Celeste Shaw's newest restaurant & bakery

It's an expensive food magazine. Anyone have a copy of the first issue? Review?

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  1. i saw that magazine and am actually wondering, are any women offended by what seems like it could be taken as a pretty sexist title?

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    1. re: mattstolz

      yyyyyyyyyyyyyup. "we are thrilled to take you into the heart of the home--the kitchen-- in "where women cook"

      i just deleted what i wrote 5 different ways, 5 times, there's no way the mods would let it slide. but yeah, it's an extremely offensive concept, seemingly aimed at the real housewives set. good to take note of the ladies who participated in the first issue, though--methinks they've styled themselves into a floral-printed corner, and nobody will make the mistake of calling them professional *anything* ever again. way to put us back 70 years, gals. gag me, & thanks but no thanks.

      1. Interesting comments, CH. How offended could the women actually IN the magazine be?

        This is the same publisher of Where Women Craft. Plenty of mag titles geared towards women/men out there already. I'm not going to spend $15.00 to buy one issue but the next time I stop by B&N, I'll check it out.

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        1. re: HillJ

          I just wouldn't spend $15 on a magazine. No matter how pretty it is, I wouldn't keep but two or three months at a time. Just too expensive. And yes, i thought the title of the magazine was questionable in nature...

          1. re: jeanmarieok

            Based on the sneek peek I saw, the magazine both craft & cooking captures women in their "work" spaces.

            Emphasis on WHERE woman cook literally captures their cooking spaces and details thru interview their cooking style and views on food. I wasn't the least bit offended or concerned about how women are perceived after seeing the magazine. It's tasteful...but yes, $15.00/issue expensive. I have no reason to subscribe but I was curious.

            1. re: HillJ

              I think someone (wonder who that could be?) took my post off the pioneer woman's website, when I said something (nicely) about it looking like a nice magazine, but at $15 an issue, it would be a real splurge for me. It was within the first 50 posts, I thought, and now it looks like it's gone...

              1. re: jeanmarieok

                Really. While the owner of a site can decide what does/doesn't remain on it, it is disappointing to hear that if you are correct.

                on the other hand, I just ran thru the comments and found this in about 3 seconds:

                Dear Ree, as much as I love you and your recommendations – and I am sincere about that – I can’t add a $15 magazine to my things I need! That’s why there are so few ads, folks, because the magazine is $15…..

                And not to mention it’s mainly just pictures. Pretty pictures! But not much written content in it. (I gandered through it at Barnes and Noble today.)

                My thoughts exactly. I flipped thru it at Borders today and definitely not worth $60 for 4 issues – yikes!!

                Good looking magazine, but very spendy!

                so, apparently PW can take it!

          1. I don't understand why they'd want to totally omit half the population (men) from their potential audience? Especially now, when print mags are disappearing left and right! I just don't get it.... and certainly have no interest based on the title of their publication alone. blech!

            1. Gosh, I find this so interesting...this magazine is celebrating women. Aren't there mags that celebrate women over 50, young woman, woman who (fill in the blank) just as there are mags celebrating the accomplishments of men? I don't see the gender "beef" mentioned, CH's.

              However, a non-professional mag with no very few ads at $15.00/[per issue or $60.00 annually is going to be a hard sell.

              Do you have an issue with BLOGHER? They are certainly elevated the role of women in various pro and non pro pursuits.

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              1. re: HillJ

                i think it's the general tone and presentation (the color scheme, that particular cover photo, etc) that gives me pause - IMO it gives off a very hokey, frilly, 1950's vibe. had they chosen a modern, more cutting-edge approach, i probably wouldn't have such an issue with it...though the title still doesn't sit quite right with me.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  ghg, did you see these pages? they don't appear 50's vibe to me. they are the homes/kitchens of the cooks interviewed.
                  THEIR kitchen spaces being the WHERE.
                  Okay, I'm going to stop restating my point and thank you all for your generous comments.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    i was just responding to the cover shot. the bright lilac border and baby blue script (even the fonts are girly!), the cheesy, very posed photo of Ree putting on a little show for a guy in a cowboy hat seated in front of's just a little much for me :)

                    but i'll refrain from passing judgment until/if i see some of the actual content. deal?

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Absolutely! I'd give the magazine a few issues to be fair...I'm not sold yet..

                2. re: HillJ

                  Good point. I suppose I shouldn't have commented, not having seen the magazine in person. But what I immediately thought of was all of the men I know who love cooking how silly to ignore them with a cooking magazine. It didn't occur to me that it was more a women's magazine in general with a cooking slant...rather, I was thinking "cooking magazine geared toward women only". If it's a women's magazine primarily, then I suppose that's a different thing than I understood it to be.