HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >
What's your latest food quest? Share your adventure

Saveur magazine worth subscribing to?

madeliner Feb 8, 2013 10:50 PM

There is an offer for saveur at a discount mag website - a year for $4.99

I would hate to even pay $5 for a magazine that isn't worth it

is it any good?

btw if anyone is interested here is the link
(I think it expires quite soon)

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. s
    svnirvana Feb 9, 2013 12:37 AM

    I've seen a few issues in the waiting room at the doctor's office and I have enjoyed them. I'd guess it would be worth $5, but I don't know what you like... everything is so subjective!

    1. t
      tacosandbeer Feb 9, 2013 03:05 AM

      I think so! I jumped on that offer - my favorite of the options out there, esp since Gourmet is no longer. Thanks!

      1. nofunlatte Feb 9, 2013 06:56 AM

        I love this magazine--it's probably my favorite food read. My BF gets me a subscription every year and I save the issues. With the exception of the January issue, I look forward to each (the January Saveur 100 is kind of meh). The articles and photography are very informative. I do some cooking from it, though some ingredients may be esoteric and/or difficult to source, depending on your location. A favorite activity of mine is to randomly select an ols issue or two and curl up on the sofa with a cup of coffee and read for an hour.

        The Francine Prose essay on tasting bacon (the other year, I think) is worth the subscription price!

        1 Reply
        1. re: nofunlatte
          chloebell Feb 9, 2013 11:24 AM

          Yes. And the price is worth it for a year. It is one of my favorite magazines. The photography is really pretty and the articles are great. I wouldn't say EVERY issue is cover to cover worthy (everyone's likes are different), but for 5 bucks, you'll get your money's worth.

        2. TheCarrieWatson Feb 9, 2013 11:38 AM

          I'd say definitely. I don't have a sub to that one but have certainly considered it and for that price I'd jump on it for sure.

          1. s
            sandylc Feb 9, 2013 05:39 PM

            YES! One of the best out there right now.

            1. Delucacheesemonger Feb 9, 2013 06:05 PM

              l agree with everyone else, it is currently my only food magazine. l got mine on eBay for 16 for 4 years.

              1. C. Hamster Feb 9, 2013 06:25 PM

                Yes, absolutely. James Oseland is pretty insufferable but his magazine is terrific.

                1. JB BANNISTER Feb 9, 2013 06:29 PM

                  I have gotten it for years and consider it THE BEST for fooist like me and home cooks. Many chefs also recommend it. I have probably been getting it monthly for 6-7 years. Out of 12 issues I will find something in at least 11 that I really like.

                  1. juliejulez Feb 9, 2013 08:51 PM

                    I love Saveur... good articles and great photos. I just bought a 2 years subscription using your link, so thanks!

                    1. y
                      ylsf Feb 9, 2013 09:01 PM

                      I would totally jump on this if they shipped to Canada. Maybe a way to order it to the USA and then "switch" the address to Canada after? I have read through some of the issues on digital (free via Zinio reader when they have promo codes) and enjoyed it. Would be nice to have a physical copy though. Looks like the current issue is featuring donuts! I will have to take a peak at it.

                      1. m
                        madeliner Feb 10, 2013 12:44 AM

                        Thanks for the feedback-glad some of you used the link!

                        I just ordered 3 years for $15

                        Hopefully print magazines wont be defunct by then

                        Don't think they will.

                        I love books and magazines that you can actually touch

                        1. m
                          madeliner Feb 10, 2013 01:10 AM

                          fwiw I thought this site was a total scam http://www.rewardsgold.com/

                          they dont ask for any credit card number-they are a mess too - no email confirmations, - no emails at all- you cant even tell if they acknowledged your registration

                          but I took about 2 5 minute surveys about a 4 weeks ago and asked for martha stewart living as a free gift for taking them -

                          I just got the january and february issues in the mail last week

                          was totally surprised, honestly I was shocked ttytt, free for nothing and shipped asap

                          i hope saveur comes that quick

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: madeliner
                            madeliner Feb 24, 2013 01:28 AM

                            got the march issue recently of marthastewartliving with a small version of everyday food tucked in

                            still waiting on my subs from tanga

                            I don't think the tanga site is a scam though-it's just a drag to have to wait so long :/

                          2. tcamp Feb 10, 2013 07:22 AM

                            Nice! I buy it at least 2x a year on the newstand so this is a very good deal. Just purchased, thanks.

                            1. flourgirl Feb 10, 2013 07:36 AM

                              I love this magazine, thanks for the heads up, I just added 3 yrs to my current subscription.

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: flourgirl
                                Shrinkrap Feb 10, 2013 11:08 AM

                                How did you add it to your current subscription? I don't see an option for that.

                                Never mind, I see it.

                              2. Shrinkrap Feb 10, 2013 11:05 AM

                                Going to check if the offer is good for a renewal! I've paid quite a bit more, and for maybe 10 years now. That an Lucky Peach are the only ones I still get.

                                Pretty good website and mobile app too, where you can get a good sense of what the mag is like.

                                1. r
                                  rasputina Feb 11, 2013 08:00 PM

                                  Depends what you're looking for in a food magazine. I find it pretty to look at and sometimes enjoyable to read for entertainment but I've never cooked one recipe from the magazine and I can't remember learning anything new as far as cooking skills go.

                                  I've had an on again off again subscription over the years.

                                  1. m
                                    madeliner Feb 24, 2013 01:23 AM

                                    another tanga offer if anyone is interested


                                    there is taste of home and la cucina de italia for 4-6 $

                                    1. m
                                      madeliner Mar 24, 2013 10:31 AM

                                      offer is back up-it ends today if anyone is interested


                                      there are others magazines with similar discounts there too

                                      1. EWSflash Apr 2, 2013 07:21 PM

                                        I still mourn the Gourmet of the '70s and '80s, but looking forward, a friend has given me Saveur for Christmas for the last several years, and I think it's probably the best one that's out there now.
                                        At any rate, it's CERTAINLY worth $5/year.

                                        2 Replies
                                        1. re: EWSflash
                                          Kris in Beijing Apr 3, 2013 08:11 PM

                                          I have an eBay alert set up for old Gourmet magazines...

                                          1. re: Kris in Beijing
                                            sandylc Apr 3, 2013 08:16 PM

                                            I have most of them beginning in the mid eighties.

                                        2. Chocolatechipkt Apr 3, 2013 06:33 AM

                                          I love reading Saveur, though I rarely cook from it. I got a great deal on it last year and am happy to read it every month.

                                          1. s
                                            sandylc Apr 3, 2013 09:02 AM

                                            Does anyone here read Fine Cooking? Just curious.

                                            1 Reply
                                            1. re: sandylc
                                              Chocolatechipkt Apr 3, 2013 09:35 AM

                                              I do ... I'm a big fan.

                                            2. k
                                              kseiverd Apr 3, 2013 09:39 AM

                                              Haven't bought or subscribed to any food/cooking magazin in YEARS, and really don't miss them!?! Pretty much all of them have a wbe site, where you can browse recipesand issues for free!

                                              Show Hidden Posts