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Cookbook collectors, do you collect cooking magazines too?

In addition to my cookbook addiction, I also have a cooking magazine monkey on my back!

A few years ago I went through my Cooks Illustrated collection the tore out and filed the recipes that interested me in binders. That said, I still have over a decades worth of:

Gourmet Magazine
Food & Wine
Donna Hay
BBC Good Food

At the moment they're stored in stacks in a closet and, they are not readily accessible.

I'd love to hear from folks who also collect cooking magazines.

Which ones do you collect, and where do you store them?

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  1. Here's a shame-- the picture you see is of a few years worth of "Gastronomica" magazines -- really cool magazines -- as you can see, about half of them are *still in* the plastic envelopes in which they arrived! They are maybe 15 feet from my right shoulder at this moment -- but I always seem to be doing something else, and never "get around to it".

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      1. re: blue room

        blue room I know exactly what you mean. Increasingly I find there are so many things competing for my time and if I find myself w a little to spare, I tend to end up here or somewhere else online and my once "anxiously anticipated" magazines, have been case aside.

        I've never heard of that magazine but you're right, it sure does sound interesting.

    1. Have Gourmet from 1982- the final issue. They are organized by month on bookshelves.
      Every month I pull off a stack and find recipes overlooked...and familiar...to make. I really miss Gourmet. The 1980's and 90's were the best.

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      1. re: Tripper

        That's fantastic Tripper. Just curious, do you store your magazines upright or stacked? I had mine upright however I found they'd slip, slide and fall over and I ended up w curled corners!! When they're stacked on their sides though, I find them tougher to access as the ones near the bottom are hard to pull out.

        I agree w you whole-heartedly, I dearly miss Gourmet. It was such an enjoyable culinary read.

      2. I don't know if I *collect*, but I certainly keep! One collection I have and still enjoy using is the Pleasures of Cooking magazine that Cuisinart put out in the 70s and 80s, I believe. I also have all my Bon Appetit magazines from 1994 on up. They don't put all the recipes on Epicurious for whatever reason. And I love looking at the old ads. All these magazines are in racks on my bookshelf, and I have them indexed so that I pull them out on a regular basis.

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        1. re: mbcraw4d

          I have all issues of Saveur, except for the first one. :( I have a lot of Bon Appetit and Food & Wine, some Gourmet.

          I need to get rid of some of these, because of storage issues, and the new ones keep coming.

          Some of you may have noticed the discussion of the Eat Your Books website on the Food and Media board. This website indexes cookbooks and is now starting to index magazines too. Once you join you can customize searches to find recipes from books and mags that are in your own personal collection.


        2. I don't so much collect as breed, it would seem. I didn't *think* I bought that many magazines, but yet there on the shelf is a whole pile of them, all full of recipes I intend to try someday....I'm certain they must be reproducing.

          1. I have every issue of Feast and Masterchef magazines since the first one, as well as 104 of the 110 issues of the Australian version of delicious (I'm missing issues 100 and 102-106). I've also got assorted Gourmet Travellers, Dish magazine, and a few random issues of things like Saveur (I'm in Australia, it's hard to find US cooking mags here). I have a lot of (non-food) Oxygen mags and they're bringing out the Aus version of Clean Eating soon so I'll be buying that from the first issue too.

            1. I kept a few years worth of Food & Wine, Eating Well, Vegetarian Times, and Cooking Light. I displayed them in stacks on a bookcase that was basically stacked cubes. They were full of seasonal recipes, and I would refer to them more often than my cookbooks. Rather than writing in the magazines, I would use post-its to write little notes.

              Sadly, they all got damaged and I had to throw them away right before the summer.

              1. I guess I am the one with the problem. I bought my first cooking magazine Dec 1075- Gourmet. I have every issue from then to the final issue. I have as many Bon Appetits as well. I have almost all Food & Wine except 1982 (that year you could only get it if you had an Amex card). I have most of the Pleasure of Cooking, Cuisine, Cuisine Now, Cooks Illustrated and Saveur. I had all the FIne Cookings but they now come out with their magazines on a DVD which is what everyone else should do. I have book shelves in the basement and each year is in a magazine folder. I have indexes for the 1980 & 1990s for Gourmet and Bon Appetit. I do use them but now I do more searches online. My husband keeps asking if we can get rid of them yet. Not quite yet but getting close.

                1. I have every issue of "The Pleasures of Cooking" a Cuisinart publication. The first issue was published in 1978. For years I had them in boxes and finally I bought plastic mounts for periodicals and put them in three-ring binders arranged chronologically. I even attempted to make a master index to make it easier to find recipes. I just noticed that an issue published in 1980 was for sale online for $28.00! I'm so glad I saved them. They are a treasure trove of recipes and cooking techniques.

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                  1. re: addictedtocooking

                    I am excited to see you might have the Christmas cookie Nov/Dec issue I have been searching high and low for. I am not sure of the year but it was a favorite and I somehow lost it. I am looking for a German ball cookie with pistachios. The edition also had hazelnut squares and almond cookies with a chocolate filling. If you have time to look, I would be so grateful if you could take a photo of the recipes for me. Many thanks!!!

                    1. re: addictedtocooking

                      addicted and mbcraw, any way you might help me with my search for the end of the Austrian Steak Strips recipe? Thx so much! I had bought all my ingreds to make tonight,yikers!


                      1. re: addictedtocooking

                        Help! I'm looking for a recipe that would have been 83/84...little flaky pastries that had potato in the dough. I used to work for Cuisinart -- with some recipes in the magazine -- but lost mine to a house disaster. Thanks for any help!

                        1. re: pamcooks

                          pam, I understand completely when you want what you want- specific recipe wise, but i found a promising alternate that you maybe alrdy found?:


                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                            Thanks. Not it. The recipe I'm looking for creates puff-like nuggets that you cout out with small biscuit cutters.

                            1. re: pamcooks

                              So, like a layered butter puff pastry that has potato in the dough? Or a baking powder/biscuit type puff?
                              remember if it had any cheese or fillings?

                              1. re: opinionatedchef

                                Yes...a sort of layered butter puff with potato in the dough. There may have been cheese in a version of the base, but I'm pretty sure there was a plain base... Thank you!

                      2. My mother saves (saved?) whole magazines.

                        I clip what I want to try and file into broad-ish categories.
                        I have a huge stack of unfiled because I ran out of space in my expanable folders.

                        I have only really used magazines I have had access to and I don't subscribe my mother does or these were purchased as a gift:

                        Weight Watchers
                        Cooking Light
                        Real Simple
                        Wegman's in store recipe magazine

                        Cooking Light and Real Simple are my favorites because they tend to use better ingredients in recent years. Older recipes call for nasty things like margarine and fat free cheese (both are like eating plastic IMO).