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Cooking Magazine Gift Subscription - Help!

The Oracle Dec 30, 2013 03:37 PM

I'm debating between:
Fine Cooking
Bon Appetite
Cooks Illustrated

This is for a seasoned cook. I know in the past they've subscribed to Bon Appetite, so I'd like to do something a little different (besides the fact a lot of recipes end up on Epicurious).

I don't have any experience with Fine Cooking, but I just looked at a sample magazine and I really liked their layout. That's my #1 pick so far, but I'm open to suggestions!

I think Saveur and BA are very similar... which is also why Fine Cooking stands out.


  1. CindyJ Jan 2, 2014 08:15 PM

    I'd nix Cooks Illustrated if it's for a "seasoned cook." CI is targeted to people just learning to cook, or to those who wouldn't dare deviate from a printed recipe. Of the magazines on your list, I'd go with Fine Cooking.

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      Bellachefa Jan 2, 2014 12:34 PM

      Lucky Peach

      1. j
        jpc8015 Jan 2, 2014 11:01 AM

        I love Saveur. Granted, most if not all of the recipes end up on their website.

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          ChiliDude Dec 31, 2013 08:17 AM

          Cook's Illustrated
          Cuisine at home

          Both have NO ADVERTISING!!! That's a real PLUS as far as I'm concerned. Their websites may give you some idea about their mission and contents.

          I have steered away from the popular ones that are OVERLOADED with advertising.

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          1. re: ChiliDude
            Becca Porter Dec 31, 2013 08:27 AM

            Yeah, Fine Cooking is loaded with ads! Irritating.

          2. Becca Porter Dec 31, 2013 08:01 AM

            Consider Cuisine at Home. I'd do it or Fine Cooking, Cooks Illustrated is no longer interesting to a seasoned cook. I have online membership, but do not get the magazine.

            I haven't enjoyed Fine Cooking nearly as much ever since they redesigned it years ago. It lost its magic.

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            1. re: Becca Porter
              ksbee Jan 2, 2014 10:26 AM

              +1 on Cuisine at Home. Every recipe I have made from them has worked well. I gave it to my sister for Christmas one year, and she and her husband are hooked on it too. I also enjoy Fine Cooking, but there is something to be said for the no advertising part of Cuisine.

            2. tcamp Dec 31, 2013 06:57 AM

              I get Fine Cooking too, down to only 1 mag these days. I enjoy it and frequently use the recipes.

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                vstock Dec 30, 2013 07:22 PM

                I love love love Fine Cooking. I have ''downsized' to only Fine Cooking and a membership to Next Issue which gives me BA, Saveur, Food & Wine, Eating Well, and Cooking Light when I choose to read them but if I don't get to them no biggie. I don't think you can go wrong with a Fine Cooking. You get the print version and Electronic. If they would read electoronic you might consider gifting A membership to Next Issue for a larger variety. I subscribed to CI for one year. It wasn't for me.

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