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noodlie Jan 21, 2012 04:57 PM

I loved Gourmet magazine. I was really, really sad to see it go. I accepted the offer to switch to Bon Appetit, but I will not be renewing it when my subscription runs out. It was OK, but I think it has become an even more poor substitute for Gourmet with the new editor-in-chief. Does anyone recommend Saveur? Food & Wine? Any other mag?

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    jeanmarieok RE: noodlie Jan 21, 2012 05:07 PM

    I like and subscribe to Saveur. I also really like Fine Cooking. On the other end of the spectrum, Food Network magazine has had some fun reading issues. I don't cook like Fine Cooking every night. Lucky Peach is my new favorite food magazine - check it out if you haven't already. Re: Bon Appetit - it's not Gourmet, but I've thought the last two or three have been much better. But, I just confessed to liking Food Network magazine, so take all my recs with a grain of salt...

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      condiment RE: jeanmarieok Jan 28, 2012 11:19 PM

      Yep. The excitement at the moment does belong to Lucky Peach. Although I simultaneously love and loathe Saveur, which must mean something.

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        ted RE: condiment Jan 29, 2012 05:40 AM

        I'm pretty much right there with you. Lucky Peach is quite fun. Longtime subscriber to Fine Cooking and Saveur. Have a hard time reading Saveur without seeing Oseland's appearances as the uber-douche on Top Chef in my head. Have long ago dropped F&W and Bon Appetit as too style/hausfrau/advert oriented. Don't really need the monthly rundown of music to cook by, the latest $200 knick knack or serving platter, or sponsor-paid placement (probably everywhere but most blatant in those two).

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          condiment RE: ted Jan 29, 2012 12:17 PM

          Oseland is kind of interesting. If you were to judge him solely by his TV appearances or even by much of his magazine writing, you wouldn't let him within a mile of your kitchen. Yet his Southeast Asian cookbook is breathtakingly good: novel, well-researched, and the recipes all work. A conundrum. In Saveur, you have to take your Jekyll with a bit of Hyde.

    2. Breadcrumbs RE: noodlie Jan 21, 2012 06:28 PM

      I've been enjoying Food & Wine magazine for a number of years now. When Gourmet met its sad demise, F&W became my sole subscription. We are wine lovers and always enjoy the wine-related news/articles. Generally speaking I've found the recipes to be reliable and, to produce good, if not great results. Of course we appreciate the wine recommendations that accompany the recipes.

      I have yet to find a magazine to replace the Gourmet of old though. Up to its later years, Gourmet always struck me as a magazine that took food seriously. In the latter years it seemed that advertising and more gimmicky articles outweighed the quality we'd all come to love. Sadly, I wasn't that surprised when Gourmet met its end, it did seem to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis in the end.

      I love to cook so I do love Donna Hay's magazine (out of Australia). It doesn't have the travel stories that Gourmet used to or, the features on specific ingredients or cooking trends but, the recipes rarely disappoint. BBC Food is another that I pick up on a fairly regular basis at the news stand.

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        Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 1, 2012 06:16 PM

        I wanted to report back on an exciting magazine I picked up yesterday called Fire & Knives. It's a collection of really well-written, engaging pieces about all things food. No advertising either! It's a UK publication and the issue I picked up is No. 9. I'm hoping to get my hands on some back issues. I understand that one issue contains a cookbook review by Elizabeth David that hadn't been published previously.

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        HillJ RE: noodlie Jan 21, 2012 08:12 PM

        Any of the Edible Publications. The articles, photography and writing is superb, issue after issue and they are FREE. http://www.ediblecommunities.com/cont...

        I keep every issue of Edible Jersey http://www.ediblecommunities.com/jersey/
        and have learned more about my state than any other community paper. Most underrated publication out there (imho).

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          CindyJ RE: HillJ Jan 26, 2012 01:33 PM

          How do you get them free? It looks like most of them are $30-35/year.

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            HillJ RE: CindyJ Jan 26, 2012 01:41 PM

            hi CindyJ, at the local level. In NJ, I find Edible Jersey at Whole Foods, green grocers and markets. Visit your local Edible publication page and ask them where they deliver to.

            Example: http://www.edibleaustin.com/content/e...
            Random example of what I mean. You need their "where to find us" page within the specific Edible Publication (area) you are looking for to see where they distribute the magazine.

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              CindyJ RE: HillJ Jan 26, 2012 01:52 PM

              Ohhhh... I see. I thought those were locations where the magazine was for sale. Looks like my area (Philly) is soon-to-be-published.

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                HillJ RE: CindyJ Jan 26, 2012 01:59 PM

                There ya go! Philly is going to be a fantastic edition. You would only subscribe if you wanted the publication mailed to your address. Also, sign up for the Edible newsletter, lots of inbetween issue info, that is also worth reading. Plus they really cover food events and food fests beautifully. Edible Brooklyn is another wonderful edition.

                Enjoy!

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                  CindyJ RE: HillJ Jan 26, 2012 02:15 PM

                  I was just looking through the Manhattan newsletter and signed my daughter up for their email. There's an advertised event happening right at one of her favorite neighborhood watering holes.

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                    HillJ RE: CindyJ Jan 26, 2012 02:20 PM

                    Very cool. Yeah, it's a wonderful family of publications. I'm a real fan.

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          rasputina RE: noodlie Jan 25, 2012 07:53 PM

          My current subs in order of preference are Fine Cooking, Saveur, Cooking Wild and Louisiana Cookin' and Bon Appetit.

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            justlauralibrarian RE: rasputina Jan 26, 2012 04:36 PM

            Louisiana Cookin'....That is now on my birthday wishlist. Thanks!!

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            GH1618 RE: noodlie Jan 28, 2012 05:42 PM

            Cooking Light. I just buy it at the supermarket when something in it grabs my attention. In the current issue it was Double Plum Baked Chicken. It was wonderful!

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              betterbeheaven RE: GH1618 Jan 31, 2012 07:22 PM

              I love Cooking Light! I'm sure it's amateur for some people on this board, but for me, it's the right level of complexity in my everyday meals. I've made some really delicious recipes out of there. It's definitely not diet food, in any sense...not quite light enough to help you lose serious weight (well, maybe if you follow their portions very strictly), but healthy.

            2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: noodlie Jan 31, 2012 11:46 AM

              This one is my fave, I no longer get it because I have over 10 years of back issues, and I've cut way back on expenditures, never get tired of looking at them.

              http://www.magazines.com/product/la-c...

              1. njmarshall55 RE: noodlie Jan 31, 2012 11:53 AM

                I enjoy Saveur for specific articles once in a while when I see it on the shelf. On a regular basis, it's Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country (still can't find that rooster, tho). If I see an interesting Cooking Light mag in the doctor's office, I'll peruse it and either clip some recipes, or sneak it out when I leave.

                1. Delucacheesemonger RE: noodlie Feb 1, 2012 06:36 PM

                  l am a Saveur fan, but will now check Lucky Peach

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