HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >

Do you read food magazines? Which ones?

jmcarthur8 Nov 17, 2012 05:18 PM

I saw an ad in a Martha Stewart Living magazine for Saveur, which I've never read. It got me thinking about food and cooking magazines from which I've actually prepared a recipe. Before the internet made it all so easy, I subscribed variously to Bon Appetit, Sunset, Gourmet, etal. Lately, I've had MS Living, Southern Living and CI or Cook's Country, by subscription or by hand-me-down. And a few Cooking Light issues.
I made quite a few recipes from Bon Appetit back in the day, but even though I see lots of interesting and tasty looking recipes in the others, I never seem to get back to them to find out which issues had a recipe I liked. My habit now is to plug in the ingredients I have at home into Foodily, Epicurious or allrecipes, and get ideas from there.
Actually, I've made a few from the Penzey's catalog lately! What I wonder is, do you find that one magazine suits your style of cooking better than others, so you actually use those recipes, or are they more for entertaining reading, with some ideas to keep in mind for later?

If you do use the recipes, do you cut them out of the magazine and file them some way so you can find them again?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. ipsedixit RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 17, 2012 08:03 PM

    Travel & Leisure.

    Never bother with recipes from any magazine -- food or otherwise.

    1. c
      chococat RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 17, 2012 08:09 PM

      I actually cook from CI, although it can be fairly repetitive over the years. I read every issue of Saveur from cover to cover and love it. It's the ultimate in food porn with great writing. I don't actually cook from it very much since the recipes are quite involved but it is very inspiring!

      3 Replies
      1. re: chococat
        rasputina RE: chococat Nov 18, 2012 04:06 PM

        Yes, I've had a sub to Saveur for a few years but it's one of the few magazines that I don't think I've ever cooked a recipe from. Unlike most of my other magazine subscriptions.

        1. re: rasputina
          momjamin RE: rasputina Nov 19, 2012 07:07 PM

          I used to subscribe to Saveur, but let it lapse. I still enjoy it when I pick it up. It's good reading. I do make the (Irish) soda bread recipe I got from one March issue. It's clipped and filed. But I don't remember making anything else from it. The soda bread is not at all complicated ;-)

        2. re: chococat
          Shrinkrap RE: chococat Nov 25, 2012 11:46 PM

          Bookmarked, agreed......mostly. I have made a few of the Saveur recipes.

        3. TheHuntress RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 17, 2012 08:10 PM

          I subscribe to Delicious magazine - it started out as an Australian thing, but now has publications all over the world. I have more than 10 years of back copies and I have never had one of their recipes fail on me - I have a lot of faith in Delicious!

          I really enjoy getting my monthly edition and I have issues haphazardly stashed around the house (Mr. Huntress calls it my porn stash). I have no filing system, if I want to cook something from one I just pick them up randomly and flick through until I find something I like.

          I do utilise the net a lot for my recipes, but I've enjoyed the website for Australia Gourmet Traveller so much and use it so often for recipes that I'm considering taking our a subscription to that as well. Mainly for the extra content, wine reviews and another excuse to slack off and escape for a few hours :) There are few other magazines that actually make the cut of what I want from a food magazine and the kind of recipes I want to cook,

          1. ElsieB RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 11:24 AM

            Lucky Peach! It has interesting and different takes on all things food. I seem to pick up some useful info from this magazine as well as enjoying some interesting reads.

            2 Replies
            1. re: ElsieB
              jeanmarieok RE: ElsieB Nov 20, 2012 10:53 AM

              Lucky Peach, Saveur, and Garden and Gun are my three favorite. Garden and Gun is not just food, but it has such good food articles. I sometimes like Fine Cooking, and sometimes, I don't.

              1. re: ElsieB
                jpr54_1 RE: ElsieB Dec 12, 2012 03:10 PM

                I just got 3 issues of the magazine this month-
                interesting to read

              2. l
                LeoLioness RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 12:11 PM

                I subscribe to Cook's Illustrated. When I travel I buy Real Simple and Food and Wine for the plane but otherwise never buy them.

                1. a
                  amazinc RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 01:50 PM

                  Pared down my subscriptions to ONLY the following: Fine Cooking, usually cook at least 3 things from each issue, Saveur, one or two recipes from each; Southern Living love the reading, but hardly ever cook anything except desserts from it; Bon Appetit, couldn't resist a $10 per year subscription, but hardly every use it. I do like the "new things for the kitchen" articles. Subscribe online to Cooks Illustrated and watch the t.v. program like a religious fanatic; also subscribe onlline to Fine cooking. I know, I know,,, why both? Love looking at the gorgeous magazine, but can't keep all this paper in my house, so I get the recipes from their online site. Darling Husband never complains about the expense of my cooking; he just eats and smiles; then eats and smiles some more.

                  1. pamf RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 02:08 PM

                    Love food magazines. Probably a guilty pleasure, as there are way too many of them cluttering up the house.

                    Saveur is a favorite, lovely to read with beautiful photos. Most of the recipes are are quite involved, but usually worth it if you have the time and patience.

                    I think of Lucky Peach as more of a literary journal about food than a cooking magazine, but I enjoy reading it.

                    Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and a few others are good for flipping through for ideas. These magazines are usually available for almost nothing by subscription, about a dollar an issue, so I keep getting them.

                    Eat Your Books has added a lot of magazines to their library of indexed cookbooks, so that solves the problem of finding recipes.

                    1. chefathome RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 02:49 PM

                      Saveur and Fine Cooking are my favourites. I enjoy making recipes from Saveur as they are always successful and sometimes contain uncommon ingredients which I adore. The more involved the recipes the better in my books. :)

                      1. lynnlato RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 02:56 PM

                        LUCKY PEACH! It's the best foodlover's mag - especially if you work in the industry. It was founded by David Chang (of Momofuku) and Peter Meehan and is published by McSweeney's. It's an independent mag and only comes out quarterly but it has no ads and everything is written by chef and other well-respected industry folk. I highly recommend it. The latest edition just came out last week. You can find it wherever good books are sold. ;-) http://www.mcsweeneys.net/luckypeach

                        There is another independent "literary food mag" that a friend turned me onto called Put A Egg On It. Here is a link: http://www.putaeggonit.com/word/. I don't subscribe but it looks interesting.

                        P.S. I also subscribe to Bon Appetit and Food & Wine.

                        11 Replies
                        1. re: lynnlato
                          jmcarthur8 RE: lynnlato Nov 18, 2012 03:42 PM

                          Ok, there are several raves for Lucky Peach, and I'd never heard of it. Though it sounds like my kind of thing for interesting reading! I don't work in the industry, but I love an inside view of anyone's industry. That's on the list now.
                          I may go ahead and get the free issue of Saveur, but don't think I'll subscribe. I don't have the patience for the gazillion ingredient recipes, even though I like to read them and get the gist of the cook's intent.
                          This is interesting, to see what other Hounders read.

                          1. re: jmcarthur8
                            lynnlato RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 04:30 PM

                            I always liked Saveur too, but for the articles more than the recipes, for some reason.

                            Lucky Peach I love, love, love. But I am a huge Chang fan too. It's out of the box and that appeals to me. Enjoy!

                            Oooh, and I also love Garden & Gun. While it's not food exclusive, it is very food-focused, although Southern food focused. It's a South-regional mag that is gaining a lot of attention recently.

                            1. re: lynnlato
                              jmcarthur8 RE: lynnlato Nov 18, 2012 04:47 PM

                              lynn, you brought up another one that's been in my radar. I've been thinking of getting a subscription to Garden and Gun. Living in Georgia, being a kitchen designer, a home cook, a history buff and being a Master Gardener, it looks like it would suit me.

                              1. re: jmcarthur8
                                lynnlato RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 19, 2012 03:41 AM

                                I LOVE Garden & Gun and since you're in Georgia (and all you're interests) it's a MUST for you. :)

                                Here is a link to a one year subscription of G&G for only $9.00. I haven't used this site before but it looks legit. http://www.thriftymags.com/pd-garden-...

                                1. re: lynnlato
                                  jmcarthur8 RE: lynnlato Nov 19, 2012 05:02 AM

                                  Yes, Lynn, G & G is a must! I just looked through their website and it will be a perfect food and travel mag for me. Plus the house and garden stuff. Thanks for the link!

                                  1. re: lynnlato
                                    jmcarthur8 RE: lynnlato Nov 19, 2012 09:32 AM

                                    lynn, Got it ordered from thriftymags. com. Thanks!

                                  2. re: jmcarthur8
                                    rasputina RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 19, 2012 07:20 AM

                                    G&G is a nice magazine.

                                  3. re: lynnlato
                                    lcool RE: lynnlato Nov 19, 2012 07:52 AM

                                    As a charter subscriber I have really enjoyed watching it grow and get better,just renewed.

                                2. re: lynnlato
                                  Becca Porter RE: lynnlato Nov 18, 2012 03:53 PM

                                  I think there are ads in it now, but only ads they find acceptable.

                                  1. re: Becca Porter
                                    lynnlato RE: Becca Porter Nov 18, 2012 04:28 PM

                                    Yes, you're right, but just a couple - literally. :)

                                  2. re: lynnlato
                                    sr44 RE: lynnlato Nov 18, 2012 04:15 PM

                                    I like it especially for its insights into Asian ingredients such as miso.

                                  3. r
                                    rasputina RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 04:03 PM

                                    I have recipes from magazines that I still make from years ago. I used to write them in my recipe book now everything is on my macgourmet app.

                                    I grew up reading my moms subs to Bon Appetit, Sunset and Southern Living. I currently have subs to Bon Appetit, Saveur, MS Living, Everyday Food, Fine Cooking and Louisiana Cookin'.

                                    Fine Cooking is probably my favorite.

                                    1. s
                                      Scary Bill RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 04:06 PM

                                      La Cucina. The only one that we keep buying semi-regularly. Also the occasional Gastronomica.

                                      1. s
                                        sr44 RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 04:29 PM

                                        Simple Cooking. Worth every penny.

                                        1. Bacardi1 RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 04:56 PM

                                          LOVE Saveur, & have been a subscriber since the premier issue (which I still have). Not only are the recipes spot-on, but the articles include culture as well, which makes for very interesting reading. A nice, multi-purpose magazine.

                                          I also enjoy Eating Well for the same reason. Not just recipes, but interesting articles on healthy food trends.

                                          Used to get Bon Appetit, but found it too lightweight & with way too much advertising versus actual content.

                                          1. juliejulez RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 05:11 PM

                                            Usually only when travelling. I do have subscriptions to Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple, but I wouldn't consider those food magazines entirely. I was actually travelling today and was so disappointed that the Hudson News in Las Vegas airport didn't carry Saveur :( It's my favorite one to read. I got Bon Appetit and Food & Wine instead.

                                            I also always mark all kinds of recipes I want to make, but then I never make them. I use Pinterest these days to "collect" recipes so what I should do is go through the magazines and see if I can find the recipes online to save there, so I might actually make them!

                                            1. s
                                              sandylc RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 18, 2012 07:12 PM

                                              Saveur and Fine Cooking are my favorites. I do get Bon Appetit, but it's not quite as good. I miss Gourmet.

                                              1. p
                                                Puffin3 RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 19, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                Recently at a well known book store in Victoria I saw a couple of young women taking cell phone pictures of some receipts in a 'high end' cooking magazine. One held the pages flat on a table and the other clicked away. As I walked past I said softy with a smile "Don't you guys think that's a bit cheeky?" One looked at me and said "It's OK, we work here".

                                                1. foodieX2 RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 19, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                  Saveur and Cooks Illustrated are teh only "hard" copies I get any more.

                                                  1. Breadcrumbs RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 19, 2012 06:43 AM

                                                    I have subscriptions to:

                                                    Saveur - which I read but haven't cooked from.

                                                    Food & Wine - I've had huge success w their recipes over the years. Also enjoy reading about restaurants, chefs, culinary travel destinations and wine, of course.

                                                    I used to subscribe to Gourmet. We all know how that ended!

                                                    My favourite food magazine is Donna Hay (Australian publication). I've been purchasing this at the news stand for years. Its recipes, photographs, entertaining ideas and layout always inspire. I have all of Donna Hay's cookbooks as well.

                                                    I also enjoy City Bites Toronto which is more focussed on the local food scene than on recipes but it is a publication I read cover-to-cover.

                                                    Another food magazine that I enjoy but I always have to hunt for is Edible Toronto. Many cities have these "Edible" magazines and I try to pick them up wherever I travel. They're a great source of recipes, info on what's hot in the local food scene, info on farm-to-table chefs, features on food shops, farm stands and markets etc. In my experience articles are thoughtfully researched and written and this is another publication that I'll read cover-to-cover and, hang on to for future reference.

                                                    1. emily RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 19, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                      Saveur -- by far my favorite. Always happy when it arrives in the mail.

                                                      Bon Appetit -- my Gourmet subscription moved to BA and I was disappointed at first. I actually quite like it now. There's usually something I want to cook and their fried chicken recipe from a few months back was *excellent*.

                                                      Food & Wine -- have read this for years, but it's recently become a real snore. Often throw it away after flipping through it. This happened to Sunset, too, and I did not renew that subscription. I've got a whole slew of complaints about Sunset, but they're mostly centered around the non-food sections.

                                                      Fine Cooking -- have never tried this one, but it sounds like I should. I love their Lemon Curd recipe (uses whole eggs mixed with the butter & sugar and is super easy: http://www.finecooking.com/articles/f...).

                                                      Lucky Peach -- did not appeal to me at all. Never got past the first issue, though I like the Momofuku cookbook.

                                                      I rip out the recipes and should be filing them in clear sleeves in a binder.

                                                      1. h
                                                        Harters RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 20, 2012 07:30 AM

                                                        We subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and it's the only food magazine we use regularly for new recipes. Cut outs go in a separate "to try" file.

                                                        1. sockii RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 20, 2012 03:42 PM

                                                          It's probably sacrilege around these parts, but I actually do like Food Network's magazine for the recipes (if nothing else). I've had a number of real winners from their pages once you get past all the fluff, and it usually doesn't involve ingredients you cant find unless you live in NYC or some other gourmand empire.

                                                          1. Sooeygun RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 21, 2012 05:19 AM

                                                            I have at various times had subscriptions to Fine Cooking, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Food and Wine, Gourmet and Chocolatier. They all just get so repetitive after a while. Now I just pick up a copy of fine Cooking if it has something interesting on the cover.

                                                            And I regularly pick up the free Food and Drink magazine at the LCBO (Ontario's govt owned liquor stores). It is packed with good recipes and pretty pictures.

                                                            1. alliegator RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 21, 2012 09:39 AM

                                                              I am a magazine gluton. Favorites that come in the mail: Saveur, Lucky Peach, and I find Bon Appetit okay. I also get Cooking Light for great ideas if I've had a heavy week of eating. I'll pick up Food and Wine and Fine Cooking. My favorite food mag is Food and Travel. It has very few recipes, but the pictures are gorgeous and I learn a lot about international cuisines from it. It's published in the UK, but I get it at Barnes and Noble.
                                                              I only really got into cooking in 2005, but I subscibed to Gourmet right away and have saved every issue right up to the end. They are lovingly organized and and stacked in my china cabinet.
                                                              The way I save recipes I've loved isn't very sophisticated. I copy the page, punch holes in it, and stick it in one of several 3 ring binders, organized by cuisine first. To cook, I just flip it open, put a plastic sleeve on it and get working.

                                                              1. c
                                                                cheesecake17 RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 21, 2012 05:39 PM

                                                                I subscribe to Cooking Light and Vegetarian Times. I cook a lot from both magazines and I save them.

                                                                I also subscribe to several other magazines which can be hit or miss with the recipes- Good housekeeping, Better Homes, Woman's Day, Family Circle. Surprisingly, The recipes in Parents magazine have been excellent.

                                                                Recently ordered Food and Wine but haven't gotten it yet. Subscriptions to Rachael Ray and Food Network just ended and I did Not renew.

                                                                1. Michelly RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 21, 2012 08:29 PM

                                                                  Bon Appetit, Food Network Mag, and Real Simple are my subscription. I had to stop Saveur and Cooks Illustrated, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I buy those two off the shelf periodically (no pun intended).
                                                                  The only two issues of any of the magazines I don't really look forward to are the BBQ issues and the Thanksgiving issues. I mean, how many more recipes for potato salad, cole slaws, and rubs do I need? Ditto recipes for how to cook turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing. I suppose one could say the same about the X'mas issues; how many more cookie recipes do I need?
                                                                  ...oh well.

                                                                  1. Jeremy01506 RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 24, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                    Lucky Peach is the only food magazine that I get excited about, everything else is interesting but not pushing many boundaries.

                                                                    11 Replies
                                                                    1. re: Jeremy01506
                                                                      lynnlato RE: Jeremy01506 Nov 24, 2012 04:13 PM

                                                                      Same for me... I am a giddy dork when I pull it out of the mailbox. It's that good. Plus it only comes 4 times a year so there's good reason to get excited.

                                                                      1. re: lynnlato
                                                                        jmcarthur8 RE: lynnlato Nov 24, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                                        Looks like Lucky Peach is a winner for me. I do like the fact that it's quarterly - I agree with lynnlato that it's more exciting when you have to wait for it... when you don't have it in the mailbox before you've finished the last issue.

                                                                        Until this thread, I'd never heard of Lucky Peach, so thanks, y'all! I'm looking forward to getting that first issue!

                                                                        1. re: jmcarthur8
                                                                          donovt RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 4, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                                          Add me to the list of people who get geekily excited when Lucky Peach arrives. When I know it will be arriving soon I let out an audible groan if its not in the mailbox.

                                                                          1. re: donovt
                                                                            chefathome RE: donovt Dec 4, 2012 07:49 PM

                                                                            That does it. I am going to make out an order.

                                                                            1. re: donovt
                                                                              lynnlato RE: donovt Dec 5, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                              I do the same! A friend of mine will post a pic of his on Instagram when he receives it and if I see his pic and mine is not in the mailbox... well, it's pure torture.

                                                                              1. re: lynnlato
                                                                                Bacardi1 RE: lynnlato Dec 6, 2012 09:17 AM

                                                                                I thought I'd order a sample copy of "Lucky Peach", but when the total came to $17.95 (for one MAGAZINE??!!!), I nixed that idea.

                                                                                1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                                  lynnlato RE: Bacardi1 Dec 6, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                  There is virtually no advertising so the money they make comes solely from subscription sales... thus the hefty price tag.

                                                                                  1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                                    sr44 RE: Bacardi1 Dec 6, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                                    $7.24 at Amazon, $12 at Barnes & Noble

                                                                                    1. re: sr44
                                                                                      jw615 RE: sr44 Dec 6, 2012 12:23 PM

                                                                                      Yup, I just got the current issue from Amazon for a little bit over 7. And shipping is free if you have Prime.

                                                                                      1. re: jw615
                                                                                        lynnlato RE: jw615 Dec 7, 2012 01:28 PM

                                                                                        Good to know about Amazon. Thanks!

                                                                                      2. re: sr44
                                                                                        Bacardi1 RE: sr44 Dec 8, 2012 07:09 AM

                                                                                        Thanks for the heads up!

                                                                          2. f
                                                                            Fydeaux RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 25, 2012 07:28 AM

                                                                            I have been subscribing to Chile Pepper for a bunch of years now and still love it. Despite the name, it is no one-trick pony.

                                                                            1. Manassas64 RE: jmcarthur8 Nov 28, 2012 06:23 PM

                                                                              I like cooking magazines because I need pictures to cook. I'm visual and I need to know what the goal is. I prefer them over cookbooks because the recipes are seasonal and help inspire what to eat in real time.

                                                                              Bon Appetit (but I can't remember the last recipe I made from here)

                                                                              Cooking Light (I don't make as much as I used to because everything is $2 meals and chicken thighs)

                                                                              Clean Eating and Eating Well (these 2 are my go-to magazines for meals week after week)

                                                                              Fitness Magazine (don't laugh, but I've made a recipe out of this each month for the last 4 months and they were really good! The Smoky Black Bean Soup is killer)

                                                                              Whole Living (mostly for smoothies, granolas and bars)

                                                                              I have to agree about the Penzey's catalog. I've made 4-5 things out of there that were outstanding.

                                                                              I just put in subscriptions to Taste of Home, Garden & Gun and Southern Living for a little variety and inspiration.

                                                                              I like looking at Pinterest for recipe ideas and meal inspirations (because of the pictures), but I've made a few things from unknown bloggers that were duds, so I am going to stick to tried and true companies and bloggers for recipes going forward.

                                                                              (I do have quite a few cookbooks, but I only buy as long as they have a lot of pictures).

                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                              1. re: Manassas64
                                                                                jmcarthur8 RE: Manassas64 Nov 28, 2012 08:31 PM

                                                                                I totally agree with you about the pictures. A good food photo can definitely get my cooking mojo on.

                                                                              2. Manassas64 RE: southlarecipes Nov 29, 2012 06:09 AM

                                                                                Thanks. I'll check that out.

                                                                                1. b
                                                                                  BuildingMyBento RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 2, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                  I don't read food magazines, but I do look at Japanese-language guidebooks; those have informative snippets about local food culture, and good shots to boot.

                                                                                  1. tcamp RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 6, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                                                    I get Fine Cooking and Eating Well, also many Saveur and MS Living handmedowns from my friend. I also have no qualms about pulling recipes from the odd Southern Living, Cooking Light, or other mags I find in various waiting rooms.

                                                                                    Show Hidden Posts