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CanadianCook's picture

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What are your favourite food magazines - besides FC, of course!

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Pumpkie's picture

(post #46293, reply #1 of 67)

I know I'm probably in the minority but I enjoy cooks illustrated, although expensive I still like it. 

Regality's picture

(post #46293, reply #2 of 67)

Saveur.  I've probably made fewer than 5 dishes from the magazine, but I find it highly readable and educational.

 


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deejeh's picture

(post #46293, reply #8 of 67)

Chocolatier - it's food porn at its most extreme.  (Also, it's always got great recipes for the home cook, as well as fab ideas from the pros that the home cook can adapt.)


And, the Canadian Living specialty issues - holiday baking, grilling/bbqing, etc.


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CBirck's picture

(post #46293, reply #66 of 67)

Saveur.  I've probably made fewer than 5 dishes from the magazine, but I find it highly readable and educational.


Ditto, except that I think I've made less than 5 dishes over the years I've been receiving it.  FC provides me with so many recipes that I make and love.  I can't bring myself to drop my Saveur subscription, I love all of the articles and it transports me to other countries that include their food and culture.

Quilter's picture

(post #46293, reply #3 of 67)

Another one here in the minority - I enjoy Cooks Illustrated.  Never cook from it, but it' can be informative and I enjoy the read.  

chiquiNO's picture

(post #46293, reply #4 of 67)

Bon Appetit and Gourmet.  Great ideas; good recipes.

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Frankie's picture

(post #46293, reply #5 of 67)

I love CI. It is very technicaly informative and offers me a better starting point/ understanding than if I were to develope recipes with zero input. As I may have mentioned before, their 3 variations for cheesecake - dense, medium and fluffy - is a perfect example of how they offer the hows and whys of a master recipe. From there, one can trade off one fat for another and develope their own recipe.

Many of their recipes are a bit bland in taste, but I think that is more a function of wanting to appeal to a broader market and New England taste sensabilities. I like certain dishes hotter then they do, or with a lot more garlic - whatever - but I get a fundemental explaination and ingredient list. I can run with it at that point.

FC is still the best though.

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BoofyQ's picture

(post #46293, reply #6 of 67)

I love CI.

I used to subscribe to Bon Appetit but cancelled it years ago because I was fed up with all the ads. I don't buy a food mag to get perfume samples.

mishmish's picture

(post #46293, reply #7 of 67)

I like Delicious and Donna Hay. Both Australian so the seasonal foods are a bit off for North America but I like them anyway.

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(post #46293, reply #10 of 67)

I like Delicious - the British version. Also Waitrose Food Illustrated.


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Ricks503's picture

(post #46293, reply #9 of 67)

Another vote for CI.  I use the recipes a lot of the time as starting points - of course, I do that with recipes from almost anywhere.  I like their testing and evaluations. I do not always agree, and I will sometimes cross compare to CR. But all in all I like them a lot and enjoy the lack of ads.

 


 


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schnitzel's picture

(post #46293, reply #11 of 67)

Besides FC...  Saveur.


samchang's picture

(post #46293, reply #12 of 67)

Saveur for me. Not so hot on the redesign, and they're slipping back into an American comfort zone, but they're still tops.


I must be in the minority. I can't take Cook's Illustrated. Kimball's pontificating notwithstanding, they confuse their opinions for facts, their selection of recipes is rather . . . basic, and I find it unadventuresome. Don't tell me how to make grilled pork chops for the 72nd time: tell me how to make a tamarindo, cook with pumpkin seed oil, use trasi in new and original ways. Their tips are pretty feeble, too, but that may just be the nature of the tip giving beast.

Wolvie's picture

(post #46293, reply #33 of 67)

ditto to both.

 


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #46293, reply #51 of 67)

"I can't take Cook's Illustrated. Kimball's pontificating notwithstanding, they confuse their opinions for facts, their selection of recipes is rather . . . basic, and I find it unadventuresome."

My opinion as well. The pseudo-scientific approach makes the scientist in me cringe. Still, I do admit I have gotten a fw good recipes from them.

chiffonade's picture

(post #46293, reply #53 of 67)

"I can't take Cook's Illustrated. Kimball's pontificating notwithstanding, they confuse their opinions for facts, their selection of recipes is rather . . . basic, and I find it unadventuresome."


IMS...My favorite name for Christopher Kimball is Mr. Soppypants.  I wish someone would tie up his hands.  He's not even Italian...


My opinion as well. The pseudo-scientific approach makes the scientist in me cringe. Still, I do admit I have gotten a fw good recipes from them.


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #46293, reply #54 of 67)

I haven't seen much of him, but I do like what I've seen.

soupereasy's picture

(post #46293, reply #13 of 67)

CI,made the stuffed beef tenderloin from it last week and it was really good,Saveur and I find that I use many recipes from BA. I am really going to show my age here, but I really enjoyed Cuisine from back in the 70's, and another now defunct magazine Simply Seafood. Still have all my old mags and sometimes they will give me a great inspiration for a nice meal.

avak123's picture

(post #46293, reply #14 of 67)

Oh, Simply Seafood was wonderful! I had forgotten about that one. I haven't seen it resting on the seafood counter in a LONG time.


Come to think of it, I made one of their recipes last week - a wonderful and "poofy" crab, mushroom, cheese, and egg brunch dish. Now committed to memory, it is easy, do-ahead, and yummy!


Thanks for reminding me.


Not a fan of CI, but subscribe to FC, Saveur, and Food and Wine. I believe Food and Wine has come a long way in the past year.

Wolvie's picture

(post #46293, reply #34 of 67)

I get these mags as well as Donna Hay, Art Culinaire, and Intermezzo. (the last not being a totally cooking only mag, but I like it)

 


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avak123's picture

(post #46293, reply #35 of 67)

Never seen Donna Hay - must try!

MadMom's picture

(post #46293, reply #36 of 67)

Donna Hay is great if you're a cookbook reader...her magazines are really food porn.  Great pictures.  I love them, even though I don't think I've ever cooked anything from them.



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avak123's picture

(post #46293, reply #37 of 67)

Will definitely try Donna Hay. As for being a cookbook "reader," I am kind of like the lady who won't admit to how many cats she has - only with cookbooks!


The one that I think deserves the "most improved" award is Food and Wine. I was a loyal subscriber in the 80's and stopped a few years ago. Picked up the December edition last year and was blown away. Wonderful menus, both by Suzanne Goin and Michael Mina.


 

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #46293, reply #52 of 67)

Yes, I like Intermezzo too.
And, like Chiffy, I always buy the December issues of Bon Appetit and Gourmet.


Edited 10/26/2006 2:39 pm by CookiM0nster

Duchess's picture

(post #46293, reply #15 of 67)

I like CI, second to Fine Cooking.  Some of my family's favorites are from CI.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #46293, reply #16 of 67)

I was a charter subscriber to CI, but finally let my subscription lapse because I got tired of the repeats.  I did appreciate their approach, though.


The only mag I take right now is FC.  Don't have time to read much else and we had enough clutter ;-).


Used to get Bon Appetit and Gourmet, but like others have said, I got tired of all the ads, and realized I never cooked from them.  I like Savuer, and may resubscribe to it.


Used to get Cooking Light, but felt guilty because I cook with too much fat. Took Food and Wine for awhile, too, but can't remember why I don't anymore. 


Thinking about getting Eating Well--my cooking style has changed in the past year, what with a 16-month old, another on the way and a 1-1/2 hour commute 1 way I just don't do as much "fine" cooking as I used to.


If there was a "Pretty Good and Darn Fast" cooking magazine, I'd go for it.


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Jean's picture

(post #46293, reply #17 of 67)

I'm enjoying reading Eating Well, b ut  I still have to cook something  from it.



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wonka's picture

(post #46293, reply #19 of 67)

I tried a few recipes from their magazine that were truly awful. I don't buy it anymore.


I get CI as well but prefer fine Cooking.

MadMom's picture

(post #46293, reply #18 of 67)

If there was a "Pretty Good and Darn Fast" cooking magazine, I'd go for it.


Well, there's always the Quick and Easy series from FC!




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Aberwacky's picture

(post #46293, reply #23 of 67)

I use those, but unfortunately they seem to frequently use some unusual key ingredient that I don't have or have a good sub for.


Good resource, though.


Leigh


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