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Old 09-24-2007, 08:37 AM   #1
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Cooks Illustrated: Worth the money?

So my CIA-Grad father has always been telling me how great this magazine is, and I finally got a "trial" issue with a bill to send back in; whether with a payment of $26 for 6 issues, or the word CANCEL written across it. What would you recommend? This seems VERY expensive for a magazine that only comes out ever other month and is in black and white, but the advice and recipes seem pretty helpful.

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Old 09-24-2007, 08:47 AM   #2
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I got their "Best Recipe" cookbook for Christmas a couple of years ago, and use it frequently.
You could check out eBay for the current edition. It looks like they go for $10, or so.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:01 AM   #3
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I bought the web subscription for a couple months then cancelled it. For some reason, they send me the magazine now for free. ?????
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:03 AM   #4
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It's a good magazine. The whole thing is about food. No ads, no travel articles, no special advertising sections.

They explain the recipe development process in detail and give you the finished recipe. As much as I like this mag, keep in mind that not all of it's recipes are the 'best ever' as they often claim.

If I was going to subscribe to a food mag, it would be this one.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:30 AM   #5
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Does anyone know how Cooks Illustrated Magazine is affiliated with America's Test Kitchen?
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:33 AM   #6
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Yes, it is. The TV how, ATK and the mag are all published by the same group.
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I've subscribed for years, chave. It's well worth the money for all the reasons Andy M. just stated. It's a fantastic magazine. I say...go for it!
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:57 AM   #8
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I agree with Katie and Andy - I've subscribed for at least 10 years and I think it's a great magazine. You learn a lot about the science of cooking from all the experiments they do, so the finished recipes can be just a starting point for your own variations. And lately, they offer variations on the Web site free for magazine subscribers. I also subscribed to the Web site membership because it's easier to search for recipes online than to try to remember which issue, or around what time, I saw a particular recipe.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:21 AM   #9
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I used to get mag but quit I have their cookbook which includes their cooking tests it does not include ratings on products like knives and food products but I dont want that anyway.I think its a much better deal in the long run
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:35 AM   #10
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Yes, it is. The TV how, ATK and the mag are all published by the same group.
So what's the difference between getting a subscription to the ATK website and getting a subscription to the Cooks Illustrated website?
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