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Old 01-20-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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Magazines?

Ok, I know this has likely been asked and answered a jillion times. Forgive me. Does anyone here subscribe to Fine Cooking magazine? I just got one from a friend and quite enjoy it. I am however a little cheesed off that to access their website I have to sign up to pay for the service after a 14 day free trial. Does anyone pay for this and is it worth it?

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Old 01-20-2008, 08:06 PM   #2
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I never heard of it. I pesonally would not pay. That's rediculous.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:06 PM   #3
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I've never subscribed to the magazine, but I've seen it and was impressed with it. For many years, Buck subscribed to Fine Woodworking, which is produced by the same folks (Taunton Press) and was 100% impressed/happy with it. Thorough, great photos, etc.

I have no experience with any of Fine Cooking's Internet offerings. Do know the magazine has been around for many, many years. Hope you get some good advice/information.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:07 PM   #4
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I did the 14 day free trial, IMHO it was not worth it and I cancelled. Normally I tend to go for paperless services or online versions of magazines to cut down on clutter in my house (and the use of trees!), but in this case go with the magazine and forget the web site.
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:38 PM   #5
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Red face Not Subscribed

But I have a recent copy at home, has the several fish recipes (touted as easy to make - on a weeknight no less).

I won't subscribe to it - did enough of that in the past with Food & Wine and Saveur. Cooks Illustrated might be the only one I would now consider - it's mostly ad-free.
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:46 PM   #6
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I subscribe to two food magazines: Cooking Light and Health & Nutrition. I don't remember subscribing to Health & Nutrition, but I've been getting it every month for several months now, and I don't drink, so it is possible someone subscribed for me.

As far as Cooking Light goes, I have been a subsriber for several years, and have given at least 10 gift subscriptions to friends, all of whom have resubscribed on their own and given gift subscriptions to others! It is a great magazine.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:49 PM   #7
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Subscribe to the magazine and am close to not renewing.

We subscribed to Fine Woodworking for many years, but just don't do that anymore.

I like the magazine but have so many cook books and there are so many recipes and food venues on the web, don't think we need to pay the freight.

The web site in my opinion is not worth it.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:28 PM   #8
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Ok, I know this has likely been asked and answered a jillion times. Forgive me. Does anyone here subscribe to Fine Cooking magazine? I just got one from a friend and quite enjoy it. I am however a little cheesed off that to access their website I have to sign up to pay for the service after a 14 day free trial. Does anyone pay for this and is it worth it?
Alix, have you tried this website:

Recipes - Fine Cooking

Some of the recipes are free. I've saved a few myself & enjoy the site.

Caine, I like cooking light as well, but alix is interested in Fine Cooking.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:13 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Pork Roast

It took awhile to cook something from it, as I bought the January issue - in January. To the point, I followed the recipe for the roast pork loin. Don't mean to brag, but simply the best pork roast I've eaten in my lifetime - & I'm no spring chicken.

It was awesome, tender, juicy, really savory and simple to prepare. I wished I would have studied the magazine a little more closely in advance of cooking. I went off looking in a cooking encyclopedia I have to figure out how to slice the fennel bulbs - there was nothing there. So I winged it. Afterwards, I thumbed back through the magazine - they have an entire article on fennel w/ how-to photos! We'll try this recipe again & I'll be a little more confident w/ the fennel next time.

I can tell you as a veteran of cooking magazine efforts, this was one of my best ones. I have taken a few magazine recipes (and some from cookbooks, too) directly from the stove to the trash in the past. Often, a key step is missing, leaving decisions up to your imagination. Sometimes they're just wrong. I'll try a couple of more recipes out of it & see, maybe this is one worth keeping/subscribing.
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Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country are that way too. Even if you subscribe to their magazine, you have to pay to access all the recipes on their website.

I get Fine Cooking magazine and really enjoy it. I like how there is a picture of every recipe in the magazine. The product reviews are very helpful. I also like when they give a simple recipe and show you the many ways you can mess with it to make it your own.

I don't sign up for the website though. I'm not really all that thrilled about it.
When I do want to find a recipe from them, I do a search to find what it's called and then I google it. Most of the time it's posted somewhere else on the internet. Or you could pm me, I have most of the issues from the last couple years.
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