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    1. Cooking Light
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    Asin: B00005R8B6
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Southern Progress
    Sales Rank: 7
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Focused on "healthy living" rather than chronic dieting, Cooking Light is geared towards both the veteran cook who wants to "lighten up" and the novice determined to give up prepackaged "diet" meals. Each issue covers a different theme, from "superfast suppers" to "pretty, easy fruit pies," and includes features on food-related health trends; fast, healthy meals; and original recipes from readers. We especially like it when the editors rescue a reader's favorite, albeit fatty, recipe, giving it a healthy makeover, showing before-and-after stats on calories, fat, and cholesterol. The message is clear: you don't have to sacrifice the foods you love once you learn to "eat smart." --Daphne Durham ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent recipes and I love the sections on Ethnic foods
    I love Cooking Light. I love to cook, and to me all of Cooking Light's recipes are something a home cook dreams of. There are fancy recipes for impressing guests and there are good everyday recipes. One aspect of the magazine which I am really impressed with is the emphasis on AUTHENTIC ethnic cooking. I also subscribe to Bon Appetit, which also has good recipes, but they don't have too many ethnic dishes. I love the fact that Cooking Light has recognized that other cuisines can be healthy and delicious. Cooking Light doesn't tone down the spices or try to "Americanize" ethnic recipes too much.

    I'm not a dessert person so I have not attempted to make any of the delicious looking desserts, but the ones that I have prepared for guests and potlucks have turned out to be very good.

    Please subscribe to this magazine!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
    This magazine takes a new approach to light cooking. Not only is every issue packed full of recipes that list calories and fat content, but there are lifestyle and exercise tips too. Cooking Light is about a whole lifestyle and the magazine aims to bring you closer to that. One recipe I tried was chicken stuffed with brie and caramelized onions! It was wonderful and my husband had no idea it was LIGHT! I recommend it for everyday cooking, all recipes are easy to do and haven't been time consuming with easy to find ingredients, yet they still have a little flair.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, Informative for Food and Health
    While I no longer subscribe, I find myself borrowing friends' copies, because this is just a great magazine.
    Not only are there informative articles about health, workout poses, product reviews, and the like, but the recipes really are great. I love the fact that they take a cherished family recipe (you know the kind, with 10,000 calories) and morph it into something far healthier yet still tasty. Also, these magazines stay relevant. I mine my old ones often for ideas to make my family's meals healthier. It's consistently a worthy read, with fine photos, and even better recipes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy
    There are some really good recipes in this magazine. The only bad part are the ads on healthy living. I prefer healthy cooking.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Needs a name change
    This is still an excellent magazine, but it should really be called something like "Living Light." The most recent issue (May 2004), for example, requires slogging through 122 pages of lifestyle articles and advertisements before there are any serious cooking articles or any recipes. The entire issue was 272 pages and claimed to contain 122 recipes, so there's still plenty there. But if you want serious cooking guidance and aren't interested in lifestyle articles like "Sports Bras" and "Admirable Abs," you might want to consider a magazine like Cooks Illustrated. ... Read more

    2. Bon Appetit
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    Asin: B00005NIND
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Conde Nast Publications Inc.
    Sales Rank: 19
    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    Presents articles on cooking and entertaining, including recipes, kitchentools and serving suggestions for all occasions.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical recipes and a fun online community too!
    Each issue of Bon Appetit is filled with recipes that make home cooking interesting. Articles on topics related to food, wine, restaurants, and travel provide some light reading, but the emphasis is on recipes ranging from simple ideas for dishes based on store-bought ingredients to elaborate meals entirely from scratch. Most are geared toward those of us who have some cooking experience but also have a life outside the kitchen, and allow you to achieve surprisingly good results with relatively little effort. The recipes are seasonal and often trendy, but not weird; ingredients can usually be found in well-stocked supermarkets. One of the best features isn't even in the magazine - it's the way all the recipes are available for review on the Epicurious web site. If you like Amazon reader reviews, you will love Epicurious recipe reviews, which let you reap the benefit of a whole community's experience with each recipe. Subscribing to Bon Appetit gives you the best of both worlds - a magazine you can read at your leisure, wherever you like, and a community of cooks with whom to share ideas if you wish.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cooking Magazine
    Bon Appetit is such an underrated magazine for people who like to cook.

    I am a longtime subscriber, and I have kept all of the past issues. The magazine is always full of both easy and sophisticated recipes. You will really love the November and December issues, with Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hannukah recipes.

    The photography, the recipes, the product descriptions, the cookbook reviews, this magazine has it all.

    In comparison to its closest rivals, which I perceive to be Gourmet, Cook's Illustrated, and Cooking Light, Bon Appetit is the clear winner. Gourmet is too high end, with a sparse design style. Cook's Illustrated lack the photography that is essential to a cooking magazine. In my view, Cooking Light is both too niche and too low end.

    Bon Appetit sets the perfect tone. Don't let the title scare you away.

    2-0 out of 5 stars It Used to Be Better
    I am a long-term (soon not-to-be) subscriber. 10 years ago, you would get this magazine and end up keeping the whole issue because there were so many good recipes. Not any more! Since William Gaines passed away and Barbara Fairchild took over, it's become a love letter to yuppies who frequent gourmet markets. Like the Aug. issue: under Every Night Cooking they suggest Portuguese Clams with Linguica and Tomatoes. Not at my house! And the people they profile are not down-to-earth every day people, but wealthy yuppies at their summer home in the Hamptons trooping to the beach with their Sancerre and couscous. Give me a break! Even the Thanksgiving issue isn't a keeper anymore. I'll thumb through my 1995 back issues and dream of a simpler time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great food, but not for a budget
    I love fine food and wine, but some of the recipes this past year have been way out of my league. I have never heard of some of the ingredients they ask for, and wouldn't have a clue where to find them! Of the ones I have tried, however, they all were very good (albeit time consuming). I love the pictures and the articles, but I just don't have the money to keep up with the food.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great cooking magazine.
    Nice Editor-In-Chief. Nice pictures of the food. Recipes are laid out nicely. ... Read more

    3. Southern Living
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    Asin: B00005R8B5
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Southern Progress
    Sales Rank: 23
    Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars As always a great magazine
    I have always LOVED Southern Living magazine. You can be assured that if you cook from the recipes contained in this magazine, they will usually be very delicious. I used to subscribe just for the recipes. I now also enjoy the articles on travel and on decorating. This is a great "home" magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best for Home Decor, Travel and Food
    I've just renewed my subscription to Southern Diving for the 12th time -- that's 12 years of the very best in home design, interior decoration, gardening, recipes and travel. My favorite feature is the Southern Journal that's always (now) on the back page -- this is a slice-of-life vignette of the little details that those of us who grew up in the Old South recognize -- and identify with -- at first glance. Subjects range from the front porch to hush puppies to SEC football to sweet tea and usually transport us into treasured memories.

    Although the magazine seems to be mostly appreciated for recipes (and the holiday issues especially are a treasure of traditional and stylish treats), Southern Living's travel pages are full of information on the best destinations in the South. Each month there's at least one, and often more, in-depth piece about some unusual and fascinating place to visit.

    The magazine features home designs, interior decoration and some sort of project -- instructions for making a complicated drapery valance or how to install a glass buffet shelf or the best way to organize a closet.

    I've subscribed to all the home magazines over the years but SL is the one I've been faithful to. I've traveled to new places, made their projects and cooked their food, all to a chorus of compliments and accolades from family and friends.

    Seems like there should be a reward for faithfulness in terms of subscription rate savings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thick magazine full of color gardening photos and reviews.
    I just moved to the South so I thought I better learn about the area! This is a fun magazine. It's very thick, with sections on vacation spots, restaurant reviews, garden how-tos, home remodeling, and lots of recipes. I've already learned how to eat a steamed crab and that there are bed and breakfasts on islands off the Georgia coast.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Rip Off
    GREAT Magazine...BUT, Do NOT order through this site. They will charge you $19.97 on your credit card, then send you a bill in the mail for $32.00. You are getting ripped off!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just really interesting stuff
    The recipes are always too hard for me... well, o.k. I COULD make them, but anything with 15 steps--I am not interested. But the articles are intresting... the pictures are lush, and the magazine informative. ... Read more

    4. Sunset
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    Asin: B00005NIOW
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Sunset Magazine
    Sales Rank: 90
    Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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    Better living guide for the Western states, covering the areas of travel, food & entertaining, home & building and gardening.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sunsets
    I have been a subscriber of Sunset magazine for 25 years. my first subscription was received in Texas and at that time our area was not included so was not impressed, but dreamed of being able to travel to the places in wonderful articles about California. Then I moved to Southern California and there I was very much interested in the magazine diffrently. There are always interesting recipies, gardening articles, places to go, and beautiful pictures. On a cold winter night when there is much rain looking at the beautiful pictures changes sadness into gladness. I give subscriptions as gifts to my adult children and they very much enjoy the articles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An awesome magazine in every respect
    This magazine has it all! Excellent travel information, great decorating and gardening ideas, and wonderful recipes. It is extremely well organized, and the advertisement layout keeps the articles in the forefront.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for gardener's in the west
    The rest of the country be...well, anyway, the problem with most gardening books and magazines is they seem to be speaking to people who live in the tundra for 1/2 the year. Those whom God has blessed by ordaining us to live in the wonderful west do not have that problem. So it becomes tedious each year to read about how to "winter" your garden when you are still weeding and caring for it and would probably fined for stopping. This magazine is the answer to that annoyance.

    Aside from gardening information they also have ideas for decorating and camping and other family fun things. The only annoyance in this magazine can be found in their recipe section. It is nothing if not gourmet. To be perfectly honest, in CA I don't have time to be a gourmet cook. The weather is too nice to be stuck inside doing all that work. But, I do use their recipes once/month to have our "formal" meal. And they are quite delicious.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Tries To Be Too Much For Too Many
    The Sunset Western Garden Book is the definitive reference for anyone gardening in the west, but if you're expecting Sunset Magazine to be the definitive periodical for gardening in the west, you'll be disappointed.

    Each issue includes sections on gardening, travel, foods, home, and even books. After you subtract the ads, gardening content is down in the 10% range. And within that small section, the magazine tries to have something relevant for all western areas, from Alaska to Arizona to Idaho to Oregon, and everyplace in between. When they omit an area, the following month you'll see a letter to the editor complaining about it.

    The other sections have similar issues. The travel section has to have destinations in every region. The food section has to have regional cuisine from every region. The home section even has to feature homes in every region.

    Living alone, I don't cook much, let alone prepare fancy dishes. My biggest decorating issue is keeping the clutter down. The only travel I do is the commute to work. And I'd rather read books than read about books. I also don't care much about gardens in climates vastly different than my own, so I have no interest in the obligatory tropical plants covers. That leaves only a handful of pages that interest me.

    If you're a well-rounded person, with interests in more areas than just gardening, you may well find Sunset an interesting magazine. The articles are all well written. The whole magazine is the highest level of quality. They do a great job of writing about everything they write about. It's just that their scope is just far too wide to be a comprehensive guide to living in such a diverse area as the west.

    If you like Better Homes and Gardens, and you live in the west, you'll love Sunset Magazine. If you're looking for an extension of their definitive books on gardening in the west, you'll be disappointed by how little relevant content you'll find each month.

    One other thing to mention: Sunset Magazine has made most of their website available only to subscribers, unless you're on AOL. So if you want to get to any of their excellent online content, you might want to subscribe even if there only is enough content in the print magazine to hold your attention for the walk from the mailbox to the door.

    Overall, it's a great magazine that simply spreads itself too thin by trying to cover too much for too many different people. You may even find you can finish the parts that interest you while waiting in line at the grocery store check-out counter.

    On the other hand, if your interest include all of the departments (gardening, food, home, travel and books), and you're interested in all the regions that make up the western United States, then don't hesitate a minute longer. Subscribe. I'm just not that well rounded.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish i still subscribed!
    I have many years' worth of bound copies of this treasure of a magazine. I lived in Southern California for 3 years in the early 80s and it was a magazine I really became addicted to, even after moving back to the East Coast. I subscribed for years after. When I was married, this helped me so much with home ideas, not to mention fabulous recipes that really, for the most part, never seem dated. The ideas I got from this magazine! It really helped me grow and see things differently. I can't bring myself to get rid of the many years of bound copies that I have. Such a classy publication! ... Read more

    5. Weight Watchers Magazine
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    Asin: B00005NIPE
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Pro Circ
    Sales Rank: 92
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    A food and contemporary lifestyle publication targeted to women who are concerned about their wieght, what they eat andd how they look.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 10 stars to WW!!
    Currently this is the only magazine I subscribe to, and I never want to cancel it. I hope it never ends.
    Packed with new and interesting recipes, inspirational stories, different work outs, and awesome tips to help us along our "journey" to being a healhier person, Weight Watchers is one of the few magazines of it's kind that is worth the price(or maybe even more) of the subscription. Anyone who is on the program should have a subscription. Only comes every two months, but it's worth the wait.
    I keep all my copies and refer back for guidance, and ideas for new dinners/snacks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Experiences
    I subscribe to the Weight Watchers magazine. I love the personal stories about weight loss. It is encouraging to me because I am trying to make "eating right" a way of life. I try not to look at it as a diet. I am now eating healther than I have ever eaten in my entire life and I feel great doing it. I LOVE IT! The recipes and coupons are excellent. It is a wonderful magazine. I would recommend it to everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Useful for everyone
    I have been on weight watchers now for three years. However I just started subscribing to the Weight Watchers magazine in the past six months. In many ways it continues to inspire and jum start my motivation. When I am feeling frustrated I can look in the magazine to find something, ranging from recipes to great success stories, to motivate me. This months issue on vacations will be really useful for you in thinking about this summer. Even if you are not on wieght watchers and are interested in health living this magazine will be helpful to you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get WW, If Only for the Receipes
    I lost 34 pounds on Weight Watchers and part of that was because of their phenomenal publication. My wife and enjoy every issue, filled with new research, helpful facts, loads of coupons and those recipes.

    My wife enjoys cooking from the recipes. What I love about WW is that you can live a normal life and eat the things you want. You'll be surprised at how many calories you can cut out of a regular dish just by substituting certan ingredients. And you don't even taste the difference! Sometimes its even better.

    If you're trying to lose weight through WW, you really should have the magazine. It's inexpensive and it will help you along the way.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for motivation!
    This is a great magazine if you're following the Weight Watchers program. It will give you a little extra motivation when you see it in the mailbox and real the articles. It does have some godo articles and I love reading the success stories. My only complaint is that I wouldn't use many of their recipies and menus, it's just not food that I like. ... Read more

    6. Martha Stewart Living
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    Asin: B00005NIOA
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Martha Stewart Living
    Sales Rank: 57
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Even if you will never make a "gourd candle" or a "Fortuny-inspired tablecloth," Martha Stewart Living can't be beat for its wealth of ideas concerning what Martha calls "good things." A crafter for craft's sake, and an obsessively organized woman (just look at her personal calendar, included in the first few pages), there is no concept or task that is too mundane for Martha. Like Martha herself, the magazine is impeccably organized--recipes and decorating instructions appear with full-color photos, each filed in their own sections of "cooking," "keeping," "crafts," "home," and "collecting." Learn to slip matched sets of bed linens into one of their pillowcases for easy and convenient shelving, make washcloth mitts, and coordinate mismatched towels with decorative ribbon. A whiz at flower arranging, dinner parties, card and sewing crafts, and decorating, Martha covers and conquers all areas of the home--plus weddings, baby showers, and holidays. --Daphne Durham ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars She's an inspiration
    I've bought all her magazines since 1997 from Living to Weddings to Baby to Kids to all her Special Issues and I love them all. I've kept every single issue. Martha is a teacher. I've learnt how to make bridal bouquets with her awesome step-by-step instructions (Summer 2000, page 128) How to clean hard-wood floors (Sept '01, page 130) annual gardening issues (March). Articles featuring various types of tomatoes, squash, eggplants, peppercorns, mustard ... the list is endless. Her 101 articles is awesome too, e.g. pumpkin pie 101, fried chicken 101. I enjoy cooking from her recipes (and also Julia Child's 'Way to Cook' - whom I admire tremendously as well). Cooking, gardening, house-keeping ... it's all a passion, it's how well you want to do it. I wasn't happy just slapping dinner down on the table, each time I cook something, I want it to be even better than the first time I did it. Martha shows you how and she truly loves to teach, when you read the magazine from cover to cover, you will realise that. You will learn many things. Read about a 97 year old gentleman hybridzing at least 150 Siberian Iris, how he did it etc. (March '99) you will be amazed at the colors and his energy. I look forward to seeing it at the news-stands every month. I hope you do too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Favorite in Europe!
    "Martha Steward Living" is the only American home magazine my wife really enjoys reading. We live in Europe, but are able to buy some American magazines from a shop near my office. The other home journals that I've bought in the past were quickly discarded. However, "Living" turned out to be a big hit and the only American journal equal to the stylish Italian and French magazines she reads. I think she likes "Living" so much because the writers seem to combine the best of American and European food, interior design, and crafts. Being on the receiving end, I can tell you that I've really enjoyed eating some of the recipes in "Living", like the chocolate pumpkin pie in the November issue. My wife isn't really a crafts person, but she's had a lot of fun with some of the projects that have appeared in the journal (with patterns available on the Martha Steward web site). Now I'm no judge of home journals myself, but I do know that this is the only magazine that she now always asks me to check for at the shop. You'll probably like it too if you want a magazine that's a bit more eclectic and upscale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars style for the masses
    This is a fine magazine with truly scrumptious recipes if you're into the kitchen/food thing, home ideas that one can actually use (or that will inspire one to do something similar), and exquisite photography, usually quite stark and simple, of ways to enhance the aesthetic beauty of one's life.
    One can serve a plain meal of soup and bread, and make it look like a feast, if you get into Martha's way of looking at things, and it does not take a spending spree to have a "Martha Look". Her basic table settings tend to be white china (one can use mix and match white plates from the local thrift store), clear glass, and colorful fabric...add some well shaped twigs in a glass vase for a centerpiece, and voila ! you have a table that could be shown in this lovely magazine; a rule for "The Look" seems to be the absence of clutter.

    Of the regular monthly articles, I like "Ask Martha", which solves problems posed by readers, from health issues to how best to clean your eyeglasses, to "How can I get the coating on my chicken to stay in place when I am frying it ?".
    "Clip-Art Craft" is another I appreciate, where in the August '04 edition for example, there are attractive templates for postcards, which one can copy onto card stock, glue a 4 x 6 photo to, and send to your friends. It's another grand idea from Martha !
    You'll find articles on antiques, pets, gardening, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and much more, and on the last page, the yummy "Cookie of the Month".

    Martha Stewart has brought style and good merchandise at affordable prices for those of us who are budget conscious, but like nice things. I have bought her bedding, and her bathroom accessories have graceful shapes and are an excellent value, and this magazine is one of my favorite aspects of the "Martha industry". The Patricians I know are not usually kind to Martha, but Proles & Plebes like me tend to greatly appreciate her.
    Martha, we're going to stick by you through thick and thin !

    1-0 out of 5 stars Subscription stopped - account "disappeared"
    I love the Martha Stewart Living magazine. I did not receive my July 2004 issue and called customer service to find out why. I had sent them a check for $57 in Oct 2001 extending my subscription for 3 years; it should have expired in Feb 2005. Customer service told me they had no record that I ever had a subscription. I subscribed when I lived in London, when I lived in Rio de Janeiro, and when I lived in Sydney; I received all issues while outside the U.S. I don't keep cancelled checks for 3 years so cannot prove that I really do have a subscription that just "disappeared" from their data base. Not happy about this!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars i love it
    This is the most well rounded magazine. Outstanding photography and truly well written articelsmake this a one of a kind. ... Read more

    7. Gourmet
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    Asin: B00005N7QH
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Conde Nast Publications Inc.
    Sales Rank: 24
    Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
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    Presents articles related to all aspects of good living.Areas of interest include fine food, wine, dining out and travel.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gourmet is GREAT!
    This is a very satisfying read every month. I am the kind of person who looks for a lot more than recipes from a food magazine. Gourmet, like Cook's Illustrated and Fine Cooking, makes a significant effort to ferret out some wonderful stories from the culinary world, and I appreciate that distinction. Although Gourmet gets some criticism for the complexity of the recipes--not to mention some very oddball ingredients sometimes--the point is to challenge the proficient amateur cook, and on that score they succeed admirably.

    I like Gourmet for a lot of reasons--and at the low subscription price, I bet you will, too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
    I purchased this magazine off the grocery store rack for a year, before realizing that I should just get a subscription! It's themes are always right on be is seasonal, holiday oriented, or experiencing foods from around the world. One of my favorite issues comes out annually around October, Gourmet assembles an impressive group of testers and they scour many US restaurants to discover, rate, and write about the top 50. I was very happy to see two of my favorite Seattle restaurants listed.

    Another fascinating aspect of this magazine is that it always seems dedicated to travel, introducing you and your kitchen to new food and tastes. Every month I am again surprised and delighted to read about another Gourmet find that I had never heard of before. I would also like to say that I am not much of a cook I am not in the kitchen much and when I am I frequently prepare simple and instant meals for myself. So, when it comes time to make a big dinner, lunch, or break!fast I find myself lost. In every issue I've read Gourmet gives instructions on how to shop, prepare, and cook a complete menu.

    4-0 out of 5 stars address change
    I have moved and cannot find a website to use to change my subscription address. I have done so with other subscriptions. What should I do in this case?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for your recipes
    I used to be a devoted subscriber, for years and years, to this magazine. Routinely, I could find about a score of recipes that I really wanted to try right away. It was a great magazine.

    However, a few years back, there was an change in editorial staff, and the emphasis shifted away from cooking and focused on "gracious living." All of a sudden the reader was bombarded with many more advertisements than before, as well as articles focusing on some exotic vacation venue that most of us couldn't afford in a million years. Similarly, the recipes began to become more exotic and outlandish, looking like some out of Charlie Trotter's outlandish cookbooks.

    Sorry, but I don't like having my nose rubbed in it. I like cooking with flair, but I can't afford the budget-busting that this magazine now seems to advocate. I cancelled my subscription a few years ago; occasionally I will pick up a recent issue to see if anything has changed, and unfortunately, everything looks all too familiar.

    If you like fluff articles about some fabulously expensive get-away spot, more power to you. If you are looking for lots of interesting but feasable recipes --- there are lots of magazines out there that do a much better job these days.

    1-0 out of 5 stars So where's the beef (or any other ingredient)?
    My very kind neighbor brings me her copy of Gourmet every month, along with the admonishment of, "I don't cook like this." Neither do I, but mostly because I cannot find the articles.

    With few exceptions, I have never seen a magazine with so many ads and so little content. Articles are sometimes strung out for pages and pages, just to force you to look at one more ad. This is annoying in a news magazine, but deadly in a cooking magazine. I found myself very confused following a recipe, only to discover on the "next page" a special advertising supplement that looks exactly like the recipe I was reading. When does anyone add mustard to a cake? Disaster struck.

    Some people probably swear by Gourmet, but my neighbor and I swear at it. I would give this 0 stars if Amazon allowed me. ... Read more

    8. Cook's Illustrated
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    Asin: B000069YW9
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Boston Common Press
    Sales Rank: 30
    Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious
    If you want a magazine with lots of glossy photos of fancy food in fancy bowls with exotic locales in the background then try Food & Wine or Gourmet magazines. But if you're looking for an unpretentious food magazine with recipes that will please family and friends Cook's Illustrated is a great choice. The format for this magazine delivers a lot of information in a small package. Each feature article takes you through the steps the author took to come up with the final recipe(s), telling you what works and what doesn't. This is important to me since I don't consider myself a "cookbook" cook but rather a "off the top of my head/using my wits" cook.

    And if you like the magazine, the PBS show America's Test Kitchen is done by the same folks and has a similar style to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Magazine
    I'm in complete agreement with the other reviewers. I began with the 1992 premier edition and continue reading to this day. Tonight, as my wife and I thought about Christmas dinner, we immediately pulled out the back issues and didn't bother to go to any other source.

    There are a lot of great things about this magazine, but the thing I am most impressed with is their continuing effort to improve their recipes. They have written at least five articles on roasting chicken over the years, all of them good, but better over time as they learn and try new things.

    Hats off to Christopher Kimball, Publisher/Editor of Cook's. The magazine is clearly the product of his strong vision. Christopher knows what he wants to do with the magazine and American domestic cooking is much the better for it.

    My only minor complaint is that the magazine does not publish an annual index as part of the December issue. You can buy an index, but it is expensive.

    In short, if you care about cooking you will want to subscribe to this wonderful magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you love cooking and eating good food this is a must
    When CI does a cookbook review, one of their chief criteria is the rate of "success" of a solid sampling of recipes from the cookbook. This is strangely missing from many cookbook reviews from other sources. My wife and I have collected the hardbound volumes of the magazine. We have cooked over 100 different recipes from this source. Based on their own criteria I would consider them to have better than a 95% success rate on recipes, with a greater than 30% of those ending up on our "favorites" list. This is probably one of the highest rates I have seen from any of the cookbooks in our fairly large collection.

    The recipes are focused on American traditional cooking. Many are "meat and potatoes" dishes and desserts. It is not limited to these but if you are looking for traditional recipes from other cultures this is not the best source. The recipes maximize taste. This frequently leads them to be higher in fat and/or calories than a source like Cooking Light. It is done in B&W with photos and line drawings. Those looking for great color photos of prepared dishes in exotic locales should avoid also. The recipes are roughly in the middle of the road in terms of complexity, rarity of ingredients, and time to prepare. They happily avoid the pitfall of some cookbooks from famous chefs that attempt to adapt restaurant recipes to home cooks with lists of 20+ ingredients. On the other hand there are not that many 30 minutes quickie meals from obviously on-hand ingredients.

    You will probably either love or hate their focus on kitchen science and how to make the best recipe. If you fall into the latter category then just skip the first part of each article and just make the recipe. The product and cookbook reviews are very objective, informative, and appropriately critical.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
    I should have known two years ago when I tried their Oatmeal Cookie recipe and loved it (I have despised oatmeal cookies all my life) that this magazine was special. Since then I have tried 10 or 12 more of their carefully tested offerings and have been totally amazed. Every single one turned out beautifully and my family and guests have raved.

    If you want to serve the best to your family and friends, you can depend on these recipes. They are thoroughly tested and only the recipes that resulted in the finest results are published. You'll even learn what to avoid (and why) from the results of their tests.

    I simply don't know of any other cookbook or cooking magazine in which I've found the recipes to be totally successful 100% of the time.

    I don't like to give 5 star ratings. It seems to me that there's a flaw in just about everything -- Cook's Illustrated, however, has proved to be flawless in every recipe I've tried.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is for you only phizzadore!
    For someone that gives no more than 2 stars to virtually all reviews I give no credance to your comments. I will only comment that you completely miss the whole point of what these people are trying to accomplish. Instead of complaining about repetitive recipes get the book "The Best Recipe" and refrain from writing pointless reviews. ... Read more

    9. Wine Spectator
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    Articles and product information for wine enthusiasts.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Review of the Decade, 100 points! Oh please...
    Wine Spectator is the most prominent and widely available wine criticism magazine and as such it has been endlessly pilloried. Well, they deserve it - one recent issue's cover story was "Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman, Hollywood Power Couple!" How ridiculous can you get? The pages are littered with articles devoted to wealthy Californians and their extensive cellars; one recently spent an entire article on a rich man who helps his rich friends by cataloguing their cellars on, gasp, a spreadsheet! Yeah, it's like that.

    Wine Spectator has also been criticized for the way it uses hyperbole to the extent that no one believes them when they're right anymore. Oenophiles now wait for Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) to back them up before believing it. "Best Vintage since 1961" and "Vintage of the Century" and "Vintage of the Decade" are far too common copy, coming once a year or so.

    The vintner profiles hold some interest, but don't fool yourself, you read this magazine for the scoring. Wine Spectator has the resources to taste more wines than any other English language publication (that I know of) and despite some strange results, are generally good at evaluating the bottles in question. As I've noted elsewhere, in spite of the hyperbolic headlines, the Spectator is stingier than Robert Parker for rating wines "Outstanding." The caveat is that a lot of wines get bunched up in the 84-86 point range, although I suppose that matches my experience.

    By comparison to the Wine Advocate, I find Wine Spectator scores much more inconsistent. This makes sense because the Spectator has a larger staff and it's difficult to establish a common benchmark across all of the offices and tasting panels. In their favor, they do review a fair number of lower priced wines, more than their aforementioned colleague, and their reactions are more or less in the ballpark as to where I'd put them if I were doing the reviews. But know when using the Spectator to allow some give on either side, a confidence interval, if you will.

    It might be terrible that a magazine wastes its first three quarters of every issue on mindless fodder for social climbers. It might be tasteless that they spend so much time promoting the notion that wine is an investment, instead of an immensely enjoyable consumable commodity. But those of us with big brains and modest credit ratings know that there is much to be salvaged from the back of each issue. We also know that Parker is the first point of reference.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The Magazine That Created The Modern Wine Snob
    Used to be on the most pretentious types walked around talking about vintages and vinyards and things like nose and legs and such. Thanks to Robert Parker and The Wine Spectator, now every pretentious yuppie with a few bucks can be heard to go on and on about "roasted plum scent" and "tobacco undertones" and other such pretentious rot. Stores have contributed to this mess, too; go into any wine shop or grocery and you'll see bottles with tags saying "Wine Spectator 87! Rasberries and Citrus!" and other nonsense.

    Truth of the matter is 90% of the wines found in The Wine Spectator will never be found in your local wine shop, so all these reviews are just fodder for pretentious yuppies. And in any case, wine is a personal and subjective matter that cannot be reduced to a simple number. Save the money you'd spend on this, and instead make friends with your loal wine merchant. He or seh will give you far better advice. Unless, that it, he or she is a fan of Parker....

    4-0 out of 5 stars Attractive magazine focusing on upmarket wines
    Wine Spectator is an enjoyable magazine that's well-laid out and often interesting to read. However, it mainly focuses on pricey wines (as it should, being a pricey magazine), and the articles about wine-related subjects like matching cheese with wine are sometimes lacking in depth. Still, it's a pleasant magazine which immerses its readers in the culture of wine, and each issue does highlight a few modestly-priced wines.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The One I Get
    This is the wine magazine I get. It has good timely information and coverages most aspects of wine. One weaker area is cooking, but there are other magazines for that and I look for WINE coverage in a wine magazine. The format is large (about twice the area of a normal magazine), which can be cumbersome and not so easy to read when standing in line and reading. The layout is clean and edited well. The columns are informative and on-topic. All in all, probably the only wine magazine that I will continue to get on a regular basis.

    1-0 out of 5 stars a LIFESTYLE magazine
    The fact is that Wine Spectator is about the most inconsistant, beholden to special interest, pseudo-wine magazine ever! Their reviews are indeed gushing...I challange anyone to find a single negative comment. They say tastings are blind and comments are registered before the bottles are revealed so I would like to know how they consistantly come up with bottle-specific comments like, "this is a good Grange, but not quite up to the standards of previous vintages." ...Tasting is also done by panal highlighting another weakness: Usually, you can learn the palate and preferences of a particular reviewer, compare them to your own, and weight that person's ratings you have no idea which so-called 'experts' have reviewed a particular wine, so this tool is lost. Additionally, none of the WS reciewers, to my knowledge, posesses either a 'Master of Wines' or a 'Master Sommielier' certification. While extremely difficult to earn (Robert Parker has failed the MoW test twice), either should be a prerequisite for a professed expert (or at least one of them). For real wine enthusiasts, subscribe to decanter; for the more casual drinker, food&wine presents a much better value. ... Read more

    10. Saveur
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Cooking Magazine
    I have over 16 Magazine subscriptions, 10 of them being Cooking Magazines. Saveur provides you with a different sort of cooking magazine, definately with a heavy intent on the background of food, their articles are more in depth about the locations and even the layout of the magazine is different.

    If you enjoy this magazine there is a web-site that you absolutely must check out it's called "ethnic grocer" you can find all of the rare ingredients that you find in some of the recipes that are featured in Saveur. I always feel like I've actually walked in the shoes of the writer and the articles are so vivid that you can almost taste the exotic-ness <---- is that word?) LOL of the flavors. If you can get the subscription at a good price, GO FOR IT!

    A warning though be prepared to want to immediately run out get a passport and travel to the locations that are featured.

    Happy Reading

    5-0 out of 5 stars International Travel and Food - What More Could You Ask For?
    I have received almost all of the cooking and travel magazines out there and have to say that Saveur is by far one of the best. Not only are the recipes unique and delicious, the beautifully written articles on the cities and countries where the recipes are from are mesmerizing. The photo essays capture the food and culture of the city of focus, bringing the reader closer to the experience of the recipes shared. Some months focus on a particular region, while others pick out an ingredient of the season (such as apples in the most recent addition). After living in Japan for many years, a recent article on Sumo brought back to life the exquisite culture and cuisine I once shared.

    I was afraid that the ingredients might be difficult to find given that it is based on international locations, but I have not found this to be a problem. They even took the time to create an 'where to order the food' list at the back for ingredients that aren't at the corner store. This would make a perfect gift for the cook in your life who has an interest in international cuisine and culture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read!! Cover to Cover
    I love this magazine because it gives the background and history of food. When I get the magazine each month,I have to read it right then and there. I finally found out where Salisbury Steak originated. In Ohio, by a doctor during the Civil War. Not in England. The photography is beautiful and some of the stories are memories of what the certain food means to them. They make you want to try everything in the magazine. Saveur is not pretentious as "Food and Wine" or "Gourmet." It is nice to read about regular people that make great food at reasonable expenses. Subscribe to this magazine!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quality, Content and Value!
    Nuts 'n Bolts get what you pay for (apologies for ending the sentence with a preposition!). SAVEUR is quality, specific directions and very clear. Other competitive magazines have 80% ads throughout magazine. Saveur does not. Photos are superb. The recipes continue on next page (vs. continued 43 pages in the back), Editor's comments on availability, etc. are included. Paper is thick and high gloss. We spend more money each month on Starbucks. Treat yourself to a much less expensive luxury. Subscribe to SAVEUR.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic magazine with excellent photography and stories
    To me, Saveur is almost more about travel than it is about food. The articles tend to be about cuisines set in the context of their geographic and cultural origins. Rich photography and personal stories give you a flavor of the people and places behind familiar and new dishes. Articles in Saveur have inspired me to take several trips, to places I would not have otherwise considered, and seek out amazing little hole in the wall shops and restaurants.

    If you love to travel, cook, and eat, you will love Saveur! ... Read more

    11. Vegetarian Times
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    Publisher: Active Interest Media
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    A magazine devoted to vegetarians, including articles on health and fitness, recipes and up-to-date information on nutrition.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have...At An Amazing Price

    Vegetarian Times, VT, is a fantastic magazine for nearly everyone. VT claims that over 2/3rds of their readers are meat eaters. I would also guess that 2/3rds of the readers are also women, based on the number of articles and the numerous ads that are geared towards women. All that being said, VT is an enjoyable read for your typical vegetarian male too! (Like me)

    Here you'll find the expected plethora of recipes, but what's nice is they tend to be simple to prepare and often are made with your more common ingredients so you needn't go hunting for an out of the way specialty store to find the right spice or ingredient. VT also offers interesting articles on vegetarian related topics like animal concerns and environmental issues. The articles tend to be written in a format that is light and basic without being preachy or overbearing.

    The price offered by is amazing. Those pesky self-mailing postcards that are stuffed into VT for a subscription are nearly twice the price of Amazon. If you want this magazine, Amazon seems to be offering the best price anywhere.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Cooking Companion
    If you dream of a magazine which is filled with great vegetarian recipes and food photography that is so good that you want to eat the pages then the Vegetarian Times is well worth the subscription price. The publication design follows the Martha Stewart look, and the magazine does a great job when it comes to holiday related recipies (which is great when it comes to Thanksgiving time). The magazine also makes a great gift as it provides a wonderful presentation month after month.

    However my only problem is that the publication is it's somehwat on the superficial side - while it can be slick it lacks some soul. While I don't expect the magazine to be Mother Jones, it would be nice to see articles that give a wider range of coverage on both lifestyle and larger issues. The Vegetarian Times assumes that you have hours to cook everyday and practice yoga (and of course you are a woman) which is a bit presumptuous of the audience. Even on a superficial level it would be nice to see an interview with a celebrity like they use to have in the old days.

    So while the Vegetarian Times will delight your eyes and tastebuds it may not stimulate your mind. Of course that's not a crime, so if you are looking for inspiration for your kitchen the Vegetarian Times makes a good cooking companion.

    2-0 out of 5 stars not very useful unless you want recipes
    Personally, after a year's subscription I got virtually no use or entertainment out of this magazine at all. It might depend on what you're looking for though. First of all, there's no true journalism in this magazine at all. For example, I would've liked to see some in-depth articles about what various advertizing terms actually tell you about animal treatment, what the full picture was on various nutritional contraversies regarding veg*anism, etc. They never have that sort of thing at all though.

    The other thing is that, like the majority of veg*ans, I have a lot of problems with underweightedness and (occasionally) inadequate nutrition. VT, however, caters almost exclusively to those who are overweight and/or have eating disorders. Once, they even had an article about being an Atkin's vegan (I don't know how they can sleep at night advocating a diet that suicidal). I never saw a single VT article about how to gain weight, and hardly saw any passing mention of omega 3's, B12, or other nutrients that are severely lacking in an unsuplimented vegan diet. Overall, their conception of health is limited to weight loss, bizarre dietary obsessions, and yoga classes.

    However, some people might find the magazine useful. The vast majority of the magazine is recipes, which to be honest I never really took advantage of. I basically never cook according to recipes, but if you do you might like the magazine a lot (especially if you're just a regular vegetarian). Also, if you need to lose weight, like I said, they have articles about it in every issue.

    4-0 out of 5 stars VTimes is good
    Great veggie mag that incorporates recipes that don't contain a lot of hard-to-find ingredients with a healthy dose of articles relating to environmental issues and health. Worth the money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of filler--I'd like more recipes
    This is still a good cooking magazine. Every issue has a few good recipes that I try. And they don't have a ton of crazy ingredients that most vegetatian books do. I'm not vegetarian anymore, (I couldn't do it and be healthy, no matter how many supplements I took--When I broke a rib by sneezing my Dr. made me quit) but I still like vegetarian foods.

    My biggest complaints are:

    1) There a lot of filler. I know that's what magazines are, but this one strikes me as having a lot.

    2) The majority of the recipes contain wheat. My boyfriend's allergic, so that really restricts what I can make.

    All in all, I'm glad that I subscribed, and I'm planning on renewing when my subscription ends. ... Read more

    12. EatingWell
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    13. Budget Living
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    Average Customer Review: 3.16 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A fun catalog of cheap, trendy things and ideas
    I'm a graduate student. I live off my stipend. The sweats I'm wearing, I got at a garage sale for a quarter (talked down from a dollar) oh and I got this magazine for free, too. I also enjoy a great bargain, which probably puts me near the demographic for this magazine.

    I just finished reading the second issue that was packed with gift ideas and home decorating ideas. I like the way that the editors sort through the cheesy stuff at discount stores and pick out the few gems that look like they cost much more. I just wish I could decorate my apartment. Sigh. I also enjoy seeing models wearing nice dresses and jewelry that are actually reasonably priced. This is the stuff that most people will actually be wearing, and I quite enjoy being practical. The do it yourself projects look easy (not Martha Stewart easy but real person easy) and reasonable and very trendy though I probably won't be taking apart my sink anytime soon.

    Some of the advice in this magazine especially the investing and tax information I found particularly useless. Either the information is obvious or just putting of the inevitable until later. These types of articles seem to give advice about serious matters too flightily. I doubt anyone is going to refinance or not refinance his or her home based on a two-page article with very little information to back up the author's advice.

    All in all, Budget living is fun to read, but I didn't really learn much from it. The topics that I didn't know much about, I still don't know much about. If you're frugal already, this magazine won't tell you anything that you don't already know, and if you really want to know about investing or managing your money you'll need to look elsewhere. Mostly this is just a fun catalog of cheap, trendy things and ideas. I'd give BL another half star for the nice graphic design if I could.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great magazine!
    I really enjoyed this magazine! It was the first magazine that I read from cover to cover and twice, in a long time. The home design sections are interesting and offer unique projects, like the most recent issue details how to turn an old surf board into a table, however, I liked all of the other parts of the magazine a little bit better.
    I liked the food section, as well. They list the price for each food item, which will vary for each person, but I liked it because they were keeping with the budget idea. I think that's what I liked the best--overall. This magazine calls itself a budget magazine and keeps with it. If they find a cool purse that's pricey or something like that, they say so and mention other items that are lower priced.
    Overall a great magazine that's not pretentious...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
    This is probably the worst magazine I have ever read. The items that they recommend are either by no means "budget" priced since you can go to most department stores and pay the same price or far less, and/or are the most tacky, gaudy, flee market looking items you would never want in your home. Anyone with even a small amount of common sense can make better decisions on purchases all on their own - starting with NOT buying this magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    Budget Living offers everything a thrifty girl could want! From clothes to financial advice it offers reasonable alternatives to so many items. I highly recommend this one!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Just OK
    This magazine is just ok. If you love Real Simple and Cooking Light (like I do) and you're looking for other magazines that are similar, you will be disappointed in Budget Living. I can read RS and CL from cover to cover every month and can't wait to get another issue. I've given Budget Living almost 12 tries and I've been bored with every single issue. I can't give specific examples because the publication has never offered me anything interesting or helpful that would be worth remembering. ... Read more

    14. Fine Cooking
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    My favorite cooking magazine yet. Informative, good recipes and tips, and the recipes aren't all far out stuff you wouldn't eat. It makes me a better cook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A nice balance
    If you like magazines and recipes from Cooking Illustrated this magazine will be for you. They do some things differently. They have color photography on fine quality paper. This paper isn't the usual magazine print, it will be around for awhile. Each month they study a particular food subject in depth with several recipes. They also have tips, and rate products. The photography is lovely, they also show cooking during the process and not just at the end. If you are a foodie, you are going to enjoy this magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only cooking magazine the home cook needs!
    As a cooking school instructor, I believe there are only four pieces of reading material a home cook needs: "Fine Cooking", Corriher's "Cookwise", "The Food Lover's Companion", and Goldstein's "Wine Lover's Cookbook". Your magazine has it all: excellent cooking tips; first-rate articles rating various appliances and cooking tools; excellent pictures detailing procedures; and recipes that are error-free with ingredients listed in the order in which they are used in the instructions (a pet peeve of mine!). I agree with a recent review stating that the level of difficulty in your recipes encourages stretching one's cooking abilities but not to the poit of giving up. In the past years I have really liked that you have highlighted a small grower or breeder on the back cover--one on goat cheese and another on apples come to mind. To all the editors and contributors: keep up the wonderful work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I've collected and used this mag since 1999
    Exellent cover to cover.
    This magazine gives information on cooking and food in a variety of formats so that there is always reason to return to an issue. There are pullouts that cover useful topics like spices or sauces. There are in-depth articles that you can casually read. The question and answer section along with a section on kitchen tips has given me new ideas and helpful explanations on numerous occasions. And, the recipes are splendid. They are at a moderate level of difficulty for the most part - a little bit of a challenge but never daunting. The results are wonderful and realiable.
    I keep every issue, and can remember my favorite parts of each just by staring at the covers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My husband and I love this magazine
    My husband and I both love to cook, and some of our new favorites come from this magazine. The reviews are informative, the recipes taste great (and are not overly complicated), and the basic cooking suggestions are helpful. The magazine likes to pick a theme for the month (or several) which has a couple of benefits. 1. You can cook a meal right from one issue and it all tastes great together and 2. You have several options for one basic idea. For example one month there was a whole article on rice pilaff which starting with the basics (so you could modify the basic recipe your own way) and then gave several variations. Best I have found out there so far. ... Read more

    15. Food & Wine
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    Focusing on a central theme in each issue, such as 25 party ideas (number 25: nautical party) or 35 quick and tasty dishes, Food & Wine indulges a broad range of culinary connoisseurs and thirsty enophiles. Expect a number of well-rounded recipes and festive commentary on the theme at hand, but don't expect that Food & Wine will be weighed down by said theme--each issue also contains a home shopping guide (in case you need to know where to purchase a green bamboo tray), restaurant reviews, a Drinks/Wine section, and shorter articles that run from "Win a Date with a Chef" to "The Joy of Slow Cooking." --A.J. Rathbun ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars the most over-rated food magazine
    I subscribed to Food & Wine for a while and was continuously disappointed. The articles are on the superficial side and more importantly a lot of the recipes and product reviews are not as well researched as they should have been. I experienced more than one flop trying their stuff. The magazine tries very hard to be trendy and pick up the latest and greatest in the cooking and restaurant scene without being careful enough in deciding what is actually an important or meaningful trend rather than a fad. This magazine can't hold a candle to "Bon Appetit" or "Gourmet".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Paris Restaurant Reviews
    While I would hardly call myself a wine connoisseur, I do enjoy this magazine for the articles and recipes.

    The Columns in the September 2002 issue include:

    From the Editor - an always inspirational look at what is happening in the food world by Dana Cowin

    "Fashions in food do come and go, and that's okay. Food should involve a sense of discovery. There's excitement in trying a new ingredient or visiting a new culinary destination." -Dana Cowin

    Web Chat - with Joyce Jue

    How do I cure my new wok?
    What are some important wok rules?
    Should I stir-fry all of my ingredients at once, or cook meat separately?
    What kind of soy sauce should I use?

    Pairing of the Month
    News & Notes
    Travel - an article about Mexico
    Restaurants - The best new places to eat in Paris
    Master Cook
    Kitchens - the newest gadgets and kitchenware
    Wine Matters
    Wine Guide
    Fast - Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice

    Last Bite - Plum Tart

    The recipes are ranked according to "fast," "healthy," and "make ahead." They include soups and starters, salads and vegetables, pasta and rice, fish and shellfish, meat, poultry and desserts.

    I always look forward to receiving this magazine and I
    don't even drink! ;)

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Trendy Disappointment
    Maybe I was just hoping for too much from one magazine - a good wine magazine with some recipies thrown in. The recipies are good, but the wine secion is a sparse and unsophisticated afterthought. The articles are truly grating, focusing in agonizing detail on the trendy parties thrown by the editors' friends. There is a place for a magazine like this, but don't let the name fool you; this publication is really more of an entertainment lifestyle magazine than a food magazine. What is most definitley is NOT is a wine magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yummm
    Hey, hey, hey -- Grilling in the USA! This is the lead article in in the first issue of Food and Wine I ever got, and as the summer approaches, and I am ready. I just pulled my grill out of the garage last week, as the temperature is warming up. This is what I love about this magazine--they are timely, and somehow know what I'm thinking.

    Yes, I know--many are thinking about grilling now. This doesn't lessen the value of the magazine for me; it comes monthly with seasonal dishes and ideas for parties, formal and casual, as well as general items that would be appropriate all year round. The grilling article this month concentrates on atypical grilling possibilities -- grilled salmon with dilled mustard glaze; grilled Maryland soft-shell crabs with tartar sauce; grilled pork tenderloin fajitas; barbecues leg of lamb; many other things, including the grilling essentials (from taste-oriented requirements such as dried vines and herbs to practical needs such as mitts and a brush).

    That issue of magazine also had An Ode to Beer & Baseball, another apropos article, with the subtitle which reads:

    'Forget Chardonnay. The only drink that can do justice to baseball is a lukewarm, sudsy, mass-produced domestic beer.'

    Now, you might not agree with this (I personally would prefer a higher-grade beer with my low-standard hot dog at the ballpark), but from this you can see this is not just a 'woman's magazine', as so many magazines of this sort get labelled.

    The magazine is well-organised, well-pictured (I like to see the way food is supposed to look), and well-written; it has an index of recipes in the back of each issue, separated by food types--soups and starters, salads, eggs, vegetables, pasta etc., fish & shellfish, meat & poultry, desserts, condiments & sauces, and (in this particular issue) salsas. They also index types of cooking (formal, fast, etc.), wine recommendations and reviews, and places.

    Past issues included a gatronomic tour of the restaurants of San Francisco, as well as Amsterdam. One previous issue did a 'tour of the islands', which took in not only Caribbean islands, but also Tahiti, Madagascar, and Australia. There is always at least one international article in Food and Wine which discusses both local cuisine and restaurant options, as well as how to recreate some of the dishes at home.

    The section on wines is always of particular interest to me. A recent issue included a useful guide to 10 common blunders with wine, which includes storage tips, glassware cleanliness (don't destroy a good wine with a glass which has a soapy residue!), serving sequences, and more. The preceding issue kept with it's island theme by going over the best wines from islands by wine experts from 12 top resorts; earlier in the year articles included tips for getting best buys at restaurants (how to really read a wine list), how to buy to build a collection, and how to determine value in the confusing world of French wines.

    One article I highly recommend comes from the February 2000 issue, The $100 Dinner Party, which discusses chef Julia Serrano from the Picasso restaurant in Las Vegas and his construction of an elegant dinner party for 10 that only cost $100. Then it has pages of wonderful tips for those on a limited budget (like poor struggling seminary students!) on how to build good and memorable menus on a shoestring.

    I was given a subscription to this magazine as a gift from someone who despaired of my Domino's diet, and I have maintained the subscription due to the wonderful variety of articles, the interesting writing style, and the temptation the magazine inspires each month.

    Bon appetite!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Food & Wine is excellent in all regards
    "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it" (Oscar Wilde)

    Great food and superb wines tempt me. Thus, I am an aficionado of food magazines. Three magazines (Food & Wine, Gourmet, Southern Living) nested in my mail box monthly and all of them satiate my longing for great food and wine.

    Food & Wine is supreme. It promotes dishes that are 1) fast, 2) healthy and 3) can be made ahead and each recipes gives you the time needed to prepare, the recipes' calories, fat and the carb. count.

    I really like the table of contents "Recipes" page, where all the magazine's recipes are categorized much like a cookbook (Soup&Starter, Salads&Vegetables, Pasta, Grains&Breads, Fish/Shellfish, Poultry, Meat, Desserts).

    When there are recipe photos they are good to very good (more photo would be a welcome addition) thus enticing you to attempt the recipe.

    One suggestion for improvement would be a column of "best buys" wines or "Good wines under $10". Most of the wines that are profiled are, for me, expensive (i.e. 1/2003 issue 'Ice Wines' $52, $75, $65 $17, $35, $40).

    Food & Wine is excellent in all regards and highly recommended. ... Read more

    16. Low Carb Energy

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    Asin: B0001FBB9S
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Coincide Publishing
    Sales Rank: 223
    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A lively and informative magazine
    Someone brought this into work and everyone in the office was reading it and just loving it. Several people copied the recipes especially for the desserts. I'm not low carbing full time yet but I found this really inspiring and think I will try to do the whole LC diet this weekend. I also subscribed because I know I will need the ongoing motivation. It's nice to have something fun and interesting that isn't all preachy.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Confusing and shallow
    I was very disappointed by my first issue of Low Carb Energy. I found the layout confusing (hard to see where ads started and content began) and the content very superficial - more sound bites than in depth articles.The magazine was mostly ads for low carb junk food and low carb recipes, which I have plenty of in my cookbook library. I'm probably going to cancel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
    This magazine is awesome! It is fun, and light and also very informative - If you are a low carber you CANNOT miss out on this magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Magazine!
    I really liked this magazine. It answered many questions I had as well and opened my eyes to information I never knew. It is nice to finally have a comprehensive source of information that I can turn too! I just wish it was monthly, but I will wait patiently!

    (BTW, my husband loved the cigar article. It gave him the "OK" to do something I am not a fan of...all in the name of low-carb!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars OMG! This magazine is awesome!!
    This magazine is awesome! I loved the layout. The articles were so informative. I loved the coupons and can't wait to try all those products. A great addition. I have subscribed and can't wait till the next issue come out! This is the best Low Carb magazine on the market! ... Read more

    17. Intermezzo Magazine
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    Asin: B00006AMTB
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: T.F. Associates, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 334
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Writers know exactly what I want, without even knowing me
    Intermezzo is a breath of fresh air. The recipes and instructions are simple; the photos make me want to make nearly everything. I've tried the pan-seared salmon, the cinnamon buns, the fresh berry tart, plus others. The ginger cake is amazing. The travel destinations are places I actually want to visit. The new issue has a SIMPLE room makeover which is my new weekend inspiration. I read it cover to cover; it's the best magazine I've seen in a long time. Only downside is it comes out every other month and I hate waiting for each new issue. I bought the four issues I missed on their website and they are great. You will judge all other magazines by another standard after Intermezzo!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional magazine/Very poor customer service
    I rate the magazine 5 stars; however, the customer service is rated 0 stars. I purchased an issue of this magazine at a local bookstore and immediately wanted to subscribe. I subscribed directly through the magazine site using Paypal. My payment was acknowledged by the publisher on December 18, 2003. As of yet I have failed to receive the magazine or a refund, which I originally requested in February. I am still corresponding with them and continue to be assured that a check is forthcoming. "The check is in the mail" for the last two months. I have not purchased another copy of the magazine and feel that I am missing out on a really good publication, but I refuse to deal with extremely poor service. I hope this is the exception rather than the rule to their customer service.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not pretentious, just good food and nice travel destinations
    Intermezzo is a refreshing magazine. Not snobby at all, it offers simple yet sophisticated recipes, and lots of them. I tried the Ginger Cake that all the letters seem to rave about and it was one of the best cakes I ever made. The asparagus and goat cheese focaccia was superb (I also made the tomato-basil version, equally good). The recipes are right on. The home section very tasteful, also not pretentious. I want more of this magazine!

    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT -- Best magazine out there
    I saw Intermezzo at Borders last fall and could not put it down. Had never heard of it before but it has already opened up a new world of stress-free, beautiful meals made with readily available ingredients. For once I don't have to go to three speciality shops to find the ingredients (like I used to with Gourmet or Saveur, so I never actually made any recipes from those magazines). I have already made 3 items from the November issue and they were all fabulous. On top of that Intermezzo showcases wonderful travel destinations, all connected to fine food experiences. I want to go to Rue Cler in Paris and to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Intermezzo has taken me there and I loved the trip. Buy it, you'll love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It finally arrived !
    I have been waiting for this magazine for a couple of months and it did not disappoint. I especially liked the travel piece on Ireland. My husband and I were there years ago and I would have loved to have known about these places then. The photography was especially nice. He will appreciate the golf reviews while I will dream of Irish Stew and Guiness (and the contributing photograher !) ... Read more

    18. Magazine Of La Cucina Italiana

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    Asin: B00009XFML
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Italian Culinary Institute
    Sales Rank: 474
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    19. Cigar Aficionado
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    Asin: B00005N7UC
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: M Shanken Communications Inc
    Sales Rank: 177
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Unlike most of its counterparts in the men's magazine ranks, Cigar Aficionado targets a classier, more cultivated man, the guy who'd rather smoke a Montecristo and savor the indulgence of a cherry-red '65 Mustang convertible than read about what Hollywood stars have to say while they eat lunch. It's the mature man's Esquire, a magazine that's more interested in yachts, rum, and golf than it is in this season's new fashions. As the name suggests, at the heart of the magazine is the cigar, with articles investigating everything from California smoking laws to Cuban politics. It's true that you don't have to smoke cigars to enjoy Cigar Aficionado, but Cigar Aficionado is a magazine that will try its very hardest to get you to enjoy cigars. --Jon Groebner ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for a man to read on a sunday
    This magizine with a cigar on a sunday afternoon by the pool,is one of those great delights. I look foward to esspically when then newest issue comes out .This mag is always filled with intersting facts and arcticles, and just plain cool stuff to read about .I would remcomend anybody read this magazine even if your are not a smoker .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great man's mag!
    Great mag!
    So many of the mags for men just don't cut it with me. Think they are aimed at the 16-20 age group which I left a long time ago.
    I have had many subcriptions to various mags over the years and this is one of the few that I still have even though I seldom smoke cigars anymore.

    4-0 out of 5 stars On the decline
    When this mag started, it was the perfect (cigar) man's read. Delightful mix of politics, travel, but we always got a full plate of Cigar info.

    In recent years, the mag has relied more on 'puffery' and doubled the amount of ads. It's still a decent read, but hardly what it used to be, and barely worth the (discounted) subscription price. I almost gave this a 3, but the very recent issues might be showing an uptrend.

    1-0 out of 5 stars tasteless
    Here is a magazine written for characters out of Bonfire of the Vanities. It will appeal only to the smug, self centered and arrogant. Plus it's candy floss, although that isn't as bad for you as a cigar - since one cigar is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigs. If cigar smokers knew how badly they smell, this mag would have a much lower circulation. Alas, thanks to their addiction, they have little sense of smell left. Maybe CA could change the mag's name to Buffoon Monthly that would at least describe their readers more accurately.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sugar Magazines
    I think that sugar magazines are really great! they have millions of great things in them.I ENJOY them a lot ... Read more

    20. Taste Of Homes Quick Cooking

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    Asin: B00006KYZA
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Reiman Publications
    Sales Rank: 310
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Business Owner & Homeschooler's BIG HELPER
    This magazine is wonderful and has been a lifesaver as my time is very limited with running a business and homeschooling. Fast, easy, inexpensive recipes. I often tweak them a bit to create more healthy fare or if I don't have all of the ingredients. For about $2.50 an issue, the subscription is a REAL BARGAIN. It's also been fun to find recipes that my grandmother used to make, very nostaglic. You do find recipes that are similar, however, that's not necessarily bad. For example, our daughter wouldn't eat pork with mushroom sauce, but she did like the pork with apricot sauce. The variety of recipes is terrific and though we don't try them all, those that we do are almost always a hit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love, Love Love this Magazine...
    This magazine is far better then any other cooking magazine or cook book that I've ever come across. I'm sure everybody enjoys nice colorful pictures when they are looking for recipes & you get that on every page. Another great thing is that this magazine doesn't have any ads. It's all about recipes & tips. I find new & creative ideas in every issue. They give great ideas for the holidays. For example you December issue will have many Christmas ideas & you Easter issue will have many Easter ideas. It's well worth it & I'll re-new my issue every time it needs it. I won't go without this magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Home Cooking, Quick!
    This magazine is one of my favorites! Each time I receive a new issue, I cannot wait to sit down and pore over the recipes, deciding which dishes I will try with my family. Most of the recipes offer color photographs which makes it easy to see what the dish looks like, and all of the recipes offer ingredients that you should be able to find in any grocery store. I find that the recipes are varied enough that there are many different types to try, and my family loves sampling these quick, yet delicious dishes. The desserts are some of my favorites, and although they are quick, they look and taste great enough to serve to company. If you enjoy cooking and are looking for new recipes, this magazine is for you! Enjoy!

    A Cozy Mystery Lover

    1-0 out of 5 stars repetitive, back-of-the-soup-can recipes
    This magazine was fine the first few issues I received. But after a few months, the same recipes were reprinted. I don't know about others, but I don't want to pay for issues with the same recipes over and over. I want new things. Plus many of the recipes are easily found on the back of soup cans or other products. Don't waste your time or money with this magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love These Magazines
    I love the TASTE OF HOME magazines for many reasons. There are color photos of nearly every recipe so you get an idea how the final product should look. The recipes are easy to prepare because most are made with ingredients the average household has on hand. (Nothing weird, wild nor exotic!) The paper is of a heavy, water-resistant quality. Each issue contains LOTS of recipes but not so many that you're overwhelmed. Most of the recipes are submitted by regular people, not concocted by a professional chef wearing a tall hat. And I like the homey-style. Readers can share their family's favorite grace. There are cutesy stories about little kids. And although I never can find it, my aunts LOVE the toothpick contests. The best part....NO ADVERTISEMENTS!!! I can't tell much difference in the various TASTE OF HOME recipe magazines. I like them all!!! If you like to cook and enjoy a quality collection of recipes, you will love the TASTE OF HOME magazines! Blessings ... ... Read more

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