My mother gave me a subscription to Taste of Home a few years ago and I have really enjoyed many recipes from there. I am definately adding a subscription to Cooks' Illustrated to my Christmas List after Otter's plugs during the brining quest.
I don't get any in the mail right now, but I'm thinking about it. A few years back I used to get one called "Cooking Light." You can go to the Kraft site too and get one sent to you for free, I forget what it's called.
Marmalady, I agree about Gourmet! I subscribed for the first time this year after buying issues that caught my eye on and off for a long time. When you read it month after month, it seems redundant and, as you said, seems to focus more on up-scale travel than recipies and cooking skills. I just finished reading a free issue of Cooks Illustrated I got in the mail and between that and reading everyone's posts, I'm definitely subscribing!
My favorite is Taste of Home - I've been a subscriber since their second issue. I've never made a recipe out of there that I didn't like!
Also quick cooking is good, but I like the other better. I get Gourmet, but like everyone else, it isn't my cup of tea. My son's magazine fundraiser ends tomorrow, so I guess I'd better put cook. ill. on my list!
Thanks for the heads up
Cook's Illustrated and Cuisine at Home. Both are a tat pricey due to no advertising, but it's worth it to me not having to wade through ads. Both really walk you through a recipe and explain why you are doing what you are doing. Both also have good kitchen tips.