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Dec 30, 2013 03:37 PM

Cooking Magazine Gift Subscription - Help!

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.


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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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

          +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. 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

            Yeah, Fine Cooking is loaded with ads! Irritating.

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