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Penzey's One, anybody get a copy?

Cissy's picture

Did anyone else get a copy of Penzey's one The food magazine by and for anyone?


Wondering what you think of it...and I wish that FC had sent me issue #1 way back when, because I would have subscribed and now I'd have them all!

~~Jean's picture

(post #43925, reply #1 of 28)

I got one, was completely underwhelmed.

Vedi, Vici, Velcro   I came, I saw, I stuck around.

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #43925, reply #10 of 28)

yes, it is just awful.


I am a total Penzey's PRODUCT fan but the recipes in the catalog are terrible as is the photography. NO WAY I would ever pay for such a subcription.


How 'bout that saltine chocolate chip recipe?



Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay


Edited 8/10/2005 6:17 pm ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

~~Gary's picture

(post #43925, reply #11 of 28)

Foward it to Sandra Lee.

Pumpkie's picture

(post #43925, reply #12 of 28)

Got it in the mail and when I went to their Boston store not impressed reminded me of Taste of Homes

~~Jean's picture

(post #43925, reply #17 of 28)

Much worse than Taste of Home.

Vedi, Vici, Velcro   I came, I saw, I stuck around.

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

Wolvie's picture

(post #43925, reply #18 of 28)

oh man, I'm glad I didn't even think about getting the mag if it's that bad.


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Adele's picture

(post #43925, reply #20 of 28)

I think they are just sending a copy to everyone on their mailing list for spices.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Wolvie's picture

(post #43925, reply #21 of 28)

hmmm - well, I'm definitely on their list,(just got a big order the other day, actually)  but still didn't get a mag. Not that I want one. ;-)


Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.


Dave Barry





 

 

Risottogirl's picture

(post #43925, reply #13 of 28)

LOL!

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

ChefRobert's picture

(post #43925, reply #2 of 28)

DW bought me a subscription for my birthday.  Read volume one number one, from cover to cover just to give it a chance, and don't think much of it.  The recipies are totally uninspiring and remind me of the cooking style of the 1950s.  Articles, well, just about the same.  To say the least, I am totally disappointed.  Bob


What do you mean there is no chocolate in this recipe!

What do you mean there is no chocolate in this recipe!

TracyK's picture

(post #43925, reply #3 of 28)

I have never been the slightest bit interested, given the nature of the recipes and articles in their catalogue.

Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw

ChefRobert's picture

(post #43925, reply #4 of 28)

I did not know DW was getting me the subscription.  Had I known I would have suggested she save the $20.  Bob

What do you mean there is no chocolate in this recipe!

What do you mean there is no chocolate in this recipe!

Adele's picture

(post #43925, reply #5 of 28)

Co-worker brought one in- too funny because I was the one to turn her on to Penzey's.  Perhaps mine will come tomorrow.  Anyway, colors horrid, not impressed even a little bit with recipes and pics and articles.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MadMom's picture

(post #43925, reply #6 of 28)

Penzey's spices are great, but I've never been particularly impressed with the recipes in their catalog, so figured the recipes in their magazine would be equally unimpressive.


Note to Chef Robert...most magazines will let you cancel and get a refund if you really don't care for them.  You might give them a call.




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ChefRobert's picture

(post #43925, reply #7 of 28)

Thanks MM for the suggestion.  I had thought of that a while back and didn't say anything to DW.   Will make that suggestion to DW - after all it is her doing.  Bob

What do you mean there is no chocolate in this recipe!

What do you mean there is no chocolate in this recipe!

butterscotch's picture

(post #43925, reply #8 of 28)

It's interesting that they're featuring the same lurid photos that decorate the catalog. I thought for sure they'd upgrade the photography for the magazine.


 


P.S. Adele, best wishes for your recovery. Please take care.

TracyK's picture

(post #43925, reply #9 of 28)

Similar to the discussion of a while back about the magazine Chow, I can't imagine what anyone would have expected from a magazine put out by the Penzey's people. Though their products are by and large top-notch, their catalog aims for quaint, country and folksy... and the magazine seems to be more of the same.


Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #43925, reply #14 of 28)

Ditto to everything everyone else has said.  Before I even opened it, I knew I wouldn't be interested, since their recipes have always sounded so pedestrian.  And, now to really sound like the food snob I am, I wish they wouldn't include photos of the contributors.  I know, I'm awful to say it, but for that same reason, the new CI magazine didn't interest me either.

susieq's picture

(post #43925, reply #15 of 28)

I also received a copy in the mail this week and was very underwhelmed.  I also agree with the comments on the new CI magazine.  Folksy doesn't cut it!

PeterDurand's picture

(post #43925, reply #16 of 28)

It sucks.

 

schnitzel's picture

(post #43925, reply #19 of 28)

I was sent a free copy. Didn't ask for One.


Words fail me, this is beyond hokey. It's just awful.


And the photos... oy!
The deviled eggs are particularly disturbing. 


Much of the issue can be found here (if you dare look):
http://www.penzeysone.com/cgi-bin/one/index.html


~Amy      Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  —Julia Child
Marcia's picture

(post #43925, reply #24 of 28)

I recieved a copy early this week and was really amazed. Can they make a go of this? I'm very doubtful about the so-called magazine's future.

schnitzel's picture

(post #43925, reply #25 of 28)

I could echo all of what Iguana said in her post...and...

Imagine how great a spice-centered magazine could have been-- the Pepper issue, the Cinnamon issue. Wow.

Absolutely. In-depth articles about spices, interesting recipes from chefs, etc. I just expected something higher in quality from Penzey's. Magazines like Fine Cooking and Saveur have spoiled me, I guess. ;·)


~Amy      Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  —Julia Child
MadMom's picture

(post #43925, reply #26 of 28)

I think what we're seeing is the complete difference between marketing an excellent product and producing an excellent magazine.  Just as Taunton might not be very successful in selling spices, Penzey's should forget about trying to write a magazine.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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TracyK's picture

(post #43925, reply #27 of 28)

My guess is that people who really like the folksy articles and recipes in the catalog will just adore the magazine... definitely a different strokes kind of situation!

Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw

PeterDurand's picture

(post #43925, reply #28 of 28)

It still sucks ;-)

 

SallyBR1's picture

(post #43925, reply #22 of 28)

Yes, I got it yesterday - did not have time to open it yet

Agree, if FC had sent me a number one, I would have the full collection (le sigh)

panchovilla's picture

(post #43925, reply #23 of 28)

I really wanted to like Penzey's One, because the spices are so lovely and the family seems so nice. Grandma Moog's gingersnaps looked good, and there was a tasty-sounding recipe for butter beans, but beyond that most of the recipes were unappealing. Saltines baked with butter and sugar, then sprinkled with chocolate chips-- yikes!!

Also, the magazine looks amateurish-- the text is hard to read, the photos are unflattering, etc. The first page has an introductory message printed inside a picture of a pie. That's a cute idea, but the lines of text across the diameter of the pie get long and very hard to read. Compared to FC's zingy page design, or the elegance of Martha Stewart Living, it was painful to read.

I wish someone had told Bill Penzey that the recipes are not selling the spices!! Imagine how great a spice-centered magazine could have been-- the Pepper issue, the Cinnamon issue. Wow.