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jeff88's picture

Does anyone know anything about the printing history of Saveur magazine?


I have all issues except the first one, and I'd like to acquire issue #1 and have all mine bound together.  I'm not looking to sell them, I love them too much.  After looking for a couple of years, two premier issues finally came up on ebay this week and went for hundreds of dollars, probably due to the perceived rarity.  I can't find any other source and I wonder whether to try to pay this much.  Anyone know anything that might help, like numbers printed, likelihood of reprinting, any other sources, or just have any ideas?


Thanks in advance,


Jeff

schnitzel's picture

(post #62604, reply #1 of 32)

Jeff, why not go to the source and write to Saveur with your questions.

I watched this too and was shocked by the price:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1139&item=3567392383

This is way out of my league.


Another #1 is ending tomorrow:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1139&item=3567771872


Frankly, I think these people are nuts!


~Amy
Jean's picture

(post #62604, reply #2 of 32)

They come under the heading of collectors rather than cooks.


Collectors all are obsessive.






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schnitzel's picture

(post #62604, reply #3 of 32)

Yes, obsessive-compulsive nuts!


(BTW, that gif is adorable. ;·)


~Amy
jeff88's picture

(post #62604, reply #7 of 32)

Thanks for the suggestion.  I emailed them, suggesting they consider reprinting it (think what that will do to the collectors...) and asking about the history - I would have thought the first few issues would all have had the same size print run.  I'll post their reply if I get one.


Jeff

frankamateur's picture

(post #62604, reply #12 of 32)

Wowee!


I have every issue of FC, but I've never seen the premier issue go for more than 50 bucks on Ebay, usually less.


Heck, I haven't seen the entire FC set go for more than around that much. If you think about it, though, for 500 dollars, they're picking up each issue for about 8 bucks and change. Quite a bargain, really.


I almost though about lising my collection and then just buying back the ones I'd like to have..but I have to wonder who would buy the whole set unless they lost theirs somehow.


 

dixie1's picture

(post #62604, reply #15 of 32)

A couple of years ago volume #8 went for $90+ on Ebay. I watched it because I had just bought that issue from someone for $25. It was the only one I didn't have.

Fledge's picture

(post #62604, reply #16 of 32)

Saveur did a really good article on Cajun Cooking not long ago.  I can only say one thing was a bit incorrect, but not far off.


My feathers off to any magazine that doesn't screw that up. Which are ALOT!


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frankamateur's picture

(post #62604, reply #17 of 32)

They have some great stuff in Saveur. I have to wade through there to get to the recipes, but if I had more time, I'd find those articles interesting. Unfortunately, I'm usually too harried to do anything but use the recipe itself.


A couple of months ago they had a section on San Antonio cooking. I visited there once and had puffy tacos..incredible stuff. Never saw a recipe for it or the carne guisada that is commonly used in them..I went right out to the local Mexican grocery and bought the masa and made them. I ate 7. My roommate ate 10. We sat around looking like pregnant blowfish the rest of the day. It was great, lol


If you're a fan of Tex Mex, that group of recipes was terrific.

Fledge's picture

(post #62604, reply #18 of 32)

lol Frank!


I love to eat in San  Anton.


"Whiskey for my men, and beer for my horses"
Willy Nelson and Toby Keith

You don't scare me

I have an African Grey

jeff88's picture

(post #62604, reply #24 of 32)

Can you believe the second one went for $610?  There's a third up now, ending in a week.  One can only hope that the prices flood the market with copies and drive the price down.  I guess I'd pay $100 or so, but I'm still hoping the publishers decide to reprint.


Jeff

schnitzel's picture

(post #62604, reply #26 of 32)

Can you believe the second one went for $610?

I'm shocked and disgusted.

If the publisher reprints the first year in a book form (as Fine Cooking does now), I'd buy it. I'm missing the first five issues and have trouble paying more than 10 bucks for any magazine.


Will be watching the next issue #1 up for auction, should be interesting.


~Amy
MEANCHEF's picture

(post #62604, reply #27 of 32)

I am sure I have those issues in a box in my attic.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62604, reply #28 of 32)

Tuck's picture

(post #62604, reply #29 of 32)

Well I know what I'm going to be doing this weekend, checking through my Saveur mags to see if I'm able to make any money.


~tuck
“A good dish is like a piece of music. It needs harmony, but, most of all, it must have clarity.”

frankamateur's picture

(post #62604, reply #30 of 32)

I think I have all of 2000 and 2001...but I went on an ebay magazine buying binge earlier in the year. I'm going to have to check to see if I bought one then.


Edit: I just did a search on fine cooking..man, we're coming in a really distant second..someone has a 2001 annual up and it's going for less than 3 dollars.


An entire set 1-60 is 150 right now, but they want 30.00 for shipping. A #2 for 11.50.


I saw them going much higher in the summer. I think that this isn't the time of year to be selling off my collection. Besides, I don't think I could part with my FC's unless it was over 1K. I use all of them.


Edited 12/2/2003 2:15:43 AM ET by f-rank amateur

dixie1's picture

(post #62604, reply #31 of 32)

I think the fine cooking magazines are lower now that there is a hardbound available at the end of the year. I don't know if Saveur does this.

frankamateur's picture

(post #62604, reply #32 of 32)

I think you may be right. I've never seen a hardbound. CI has them and their back issues aren't worth diddly.

3chang's picture

(post #62604, reply #4 of 32)

Crikey! You mean that I'm sitting on over $1,000 worth of magazines just because there are 2 of those issues lying around here? Crazy! But then again, Saveur is the best food magazine for me. It is a great issue, and the amazing part is how they've stuck to their original vision throughout the years.


Willie's Crisp on p. 51 is, BTW, now our standard recipe for fruit crisps.

TracyK's picture

(post #62604, reply #5 of 32)

Speaking of Saveur, would anyone like a free subscription?


It's renewal time, and I'm definitely going to renew (it combines travel and food brilliantly), and they're enticing me with the offer of a free subscription for a friend. I can't think of any of my in-person friends who would really want it... so the first person to respond here can have it!


You'll just have to email me (tracy21974 at hotmaildotcom) your home address.



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RheaS's picture

(post #62604, reply #6 of 32)

The only thing annoying about Saveur for me is that my subscription is a little odd. I receive the magazines way after they're in the newsstands and I sometimes get a new month before I receive an old month or sometimes two for the same month.

Jangomango's picture

(post #62604, reply #13 of 32)

Is that where Willie's Crisp comes from!!   I got it from a friend years ago and have never even bothered reading other recipes for fruit crisps.


Who is Willie?

schnitzel's picture

(post #62604, reply #14 of 32)

I Googled "Willie's Crisp" and the recipe that comes up is from Marion Cunningham, San Francisco Chronicle, 1992. 

Is this the same recipe?


http://recipes.chef2chef.net/recipe-archive/50/265647.shtml

http://www.noehill.com/downstairs/recipes.asp#willies_crisp


~Amy
Jangomango's picture

(post #62604, reply #19 of 32)

This looks like it, although somewhere down the line my recipe got powdered ginger into the pastry and my sugar reads 1/2 to 3/4 cup.  


I use it for fresh Ollallaberries (sp?).    The "Downstairs" recipe is way better with the directions than the chef2chef recipe.

3chang's picture

(post #62604, reply #20 of 32)

Yes, those are the same (and it's on p. 52, not 51, of what is becoming known as The Issue of Saveur). The recipe is from Marion Cunningham, but it came from, she says, a 19 year old boy named Willie, who pressed this recipe in her hand while Cunningham was in Seattle on a book tour many years ago.


As Aussie says, it is a fantastic recipe that will make you wonder why you bother with other crisp recipes.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62604, reply #21 of 32)

Thanks, Aussie and Samchang, I will definitely try this recipe next time.

BTW, did you see this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1139&item=3567771872


Unbelievable.


~Amy
MadMom's picture

(post #62604, reply #22 of 32)

I am shocked and appalled.

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

Jean's picture

(post #62604, reply #23 of 32)

Somebody in Augusta is dancing a jig!!





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Wolvie's picture

(post #62604, reply #25 of 32)

I copied this recipe for future use.


Odd to say, I'm going to have to go digging thru my issues of Savuer - I think I have this first magazine, or at least, I did. Sorry to say, I did not keep my subscription up thru all of the ensuing years, but for the last 2 I have been a good girl. Great mag!


"So beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
Julia Child

 

doyenne's picture

(post #62604, reply #8 of 32)

You make me sad. I've been a Saveur subscriber from day one but I lent the first issue to someone who never returned it. I have all the others including the new "Winter Favorites and Holiday Fare".  Good luck in your search.

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dixie1's picture

(post #62604, reply #9 of 32)

Saveur subscriber from day one but I lent the first issue to someone who never returned it.


This is exactly why I never lend magazines I want to keep and don't even talk to me about books. I only lend my books to one friend who returns them promptly and lends me hers also. So that we don't lose track, we each write down what books are out. Some of her friends want to borrow MY books from her, but she won't let them.