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Old 07-20-2006, 05:19 PM   #31
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KathyJ-I would get the old magazines. They usually have really yummy things that don't use the current "it" ingredient. (I find that a bit strange, but it seems like some months all magazines are featuring a certain ingredient and I am not referring to in season.)

Right now I subscribe to Everyday Food after buying it quite a few months in a row, but since I subscribed, haven't made a thing in it.
I still have old issues of Gourmet. I use those more often than the newer ones I pick up occasionally at Costco when they look good since they're cheaper there. I get Cooking Light the same way too, but I usually just borrow them from the library and read it and then pull the recipes off the internet of the ones that look good.
The library is my haven! And my friend's house always has a ton of cooking magazines lying around. It gets expensive to buy all the ones you want.

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Old 07-20-2006, 05:39 PM   #32
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I have 20 years of Gourmet and still subscribe, though I don't enjoy it as much as I used to ... it used to have stuff we would occasionally use, and I used to have freinds who'd join me in preparing meals from it together. Now it is mostly nostalgia and hating to stop the collection. I suspect if someone came in and wanted the whole bunch I'd probably stop subscribing. I think I stopped liking it when the recipes and indeces went on the computer. Now I have no excuse to go to the printed indeces, go to the old magazine, and revisit a magazine I read when I was in my 20s, 30s, 40s. I'd reread old articles I loved and maybe find a new-old recipe. Now it is cold. Want the recipe from 1987? Go on the computer, there it is. How fun. (sarcasm there).

I'm enjoying Saveur a lot now.

Cook's Illustrated -- I've found I get all I like out of it on the PBS show. The magazine doesen't seem to have much above and beyond that. I like the comparison shopping, consumer reports-type sections. When it comes to the foods, half the time what they recommend isn't even available where I live, you have to realize they're out of, where?, New England? What they pick up doesn't apply to most of the country. And I get a laugh when they dislike a product I love. I get the feeling the editor (of the mag/host of the show) really doesn't like that many kinds of foods. He strikes me as a fussy-eater kinda guy. But I get a kick out of it, and often get some hints to some dishes I regularly make, and get confirmation that some of the things I've done on my own initiative.

I think a lot of the magazines out now are great for starter cooks, or for that category of home cook I know well right now -- people who have had their children leave home and can now try to fix fish that isn't fish-sticks, etc.

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Old 07-20-2006, 05:56 PM   #33
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I used to subscribe to Bon Appetit and Gourmet but wound up with stacks and stacks of "stuff" that I had no interest in - travel stuff, ads, etc. I think when I went through the first 2-foot high stack and reduced it to recipes - the stack was about 4-inches tall! What really put me off them was then I got an offer to renew for only $1 per issue ... and when I got the bill they were charging me $2.99 per issue for shipping and handling!!! These days, I just browse through them (while standing in the check-out line) and buy an occasional issue if I find something worth the cover price.

I do subscribe to Cuisine at Home for my kid sister (she's 55). Sis has some learning disabilities, gets frustrated very easily when trying something new, and has some coordination problems - so the uncluttered format with plenty of photo illustrations really is ideal for her. I'll go though the issue - take techniques they show - and give her some "easier" things to try using those illustrations as a guide. Instead of a frozen dinner every night she now cooks 3-4 days a week. But, you don't have to have disabilities to get a lot of information and guidance from every issue. I think it's a fantastic way for a new cook to learn some things (recipes, terms, and techniques).

Cook's Illustrated is a funny duck - you either love it for what it is, you hate it because of what it is, or you accept it for what it is and make adjustments. Their cookbooks seem to draw the same responses (criticisms). IMHO their taste panel doesn't always get it right for my preferences - but they have New England tastes and I have Southern/Texan tastes. Some people are really annoyed by the preamble narative of what they tried and didn't work according to them before they get to the recipe (that's the most informative part for me). I have often though that if that bothers you - why not just skip it and go directly to the recipe?

Of course - there are LOTS of cooking mags these days that I've never even looked at! But, with the bounty of recipes on the internet and in cuisine specfic cookbooks at the half-price bookstore (and online) ... I guess I've gotten a little pickier about where I spend my money.
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:48 AM   #34
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ok - so I went back and got the old issues of Bon Appetit and Food & Wine.... ended up with 62! Guess I'll be busy for a while. Most were from late 70's to early 80's. I'll go thru them today at lunch to see what years I have for sure.

were those recipes in the December issue then? I have 1977, 1980, and 1981. Guess they kept the rest. Found 2 banana bread recipes, but no apple or cranberry/orange..... I could check other months....
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:54 AM   #35
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Thanks for asking KathyJ!

I'm not positive, but am fairly sure that was late 70's/early 80's, & probably would have been a fall or early winter issue, as the breads were touted as being great holiday gifts (which they were). The 3 bread recipes were all part of one article, & it was a Bon Appetit.
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Old 07-21-2006, 12:45 PM   #36
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The only consumer food mag I read regularly is Saveur. I love its format, style, photos, variety of articles... the works!

I also don't keep 'em around more than a year. If there's an article I like, I pull it out and file it. I had just TOO much clutter, and it was driving me nuts!
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Old 07-21-2006, 03:22 PM   #37
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I get a bunch of cooking magazines but right now my favorites are
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Old 07-21-2006, 07:48 PM   #38
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My favorite is "Cook's Country" - a new offering from the publisher's of Cook's Illustrated.

I'm all about the food!
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