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Dec 30, 2012 12:46 PM

January 2013 Bon Appetit a monumental waste of paper

I've been getting BA for years and years. Even since the redesign some months ago I usually find one or two things worth trying, and an article or two worth reading. This issue (the "cooking school" issue) is so geared to a rank beginner cook that it's a total joke. "How to pan roast" "how to make a salad". I flipped through it and was done in about 3 minutes.

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  1. I will not be renewing my subscription. I grew out of BA about 6 years ago or so, dislike it even more since it's redesign. Only reason I'm receiving it now is in compensation for a long term subscription to Gourmet after it died.

    Might as well be getting Cooking Light. That's what I've been finding with BA. Light on content, light on depth, light on creativity...

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    1. re: nlgardener

      yup, it is worthless to its old readership.

      1. re: nlgardener

        That Gourmet subscription must have been pretty long term! How long has it been? Three years?

        1. re: Shrinkrap

          Yes, I had a long term subscription and added more years on top of that when Gourmet sent me an offer I couldn't refuse. Then they stopped publishing, so I'm receiving BA instead.

          Lesson learned on long term subscriptions...

          1. re: nlgardener

            My BA from old Gourmet subscription just ended, too.

      2. I am a fairly new cook, and it was my favorite issue ever.

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        1. re: Allieroseww

          Allie, I can understand that. I guess I'm just upset because I've been subscribing for 25+ years (I really got turned on to cooking using this magazine in grad school) and this just had nothing to offer me.

          1. re: DGresh

            and Allie can't be the only one....It's not a bad thing to dedicate an issue to basics...both for beginners, and as a review for us veterans.

        2. Same here. Yawn. I agree with others, and won't be renewing this year.

          1. Definitely not a great issue for me, though I have enjoyed a few over the past year.

            1. I flipped through in about a half hour. Nothing that really appealed to me.