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skeeters's picture

I read the letters to the editor and shook my head when people complained about not being complicated enough..Your magazine is just great. I'm not an advanced cook but I find at least one thing to cook each month that tastes divine. I'm a more confident cook now and you have expanded my dishes.  I get a lot of compliments and give you the credit


Edited 1/4/2009 6:53 pm ET by skeeters

Adele's picture

(post #39587, reply #1 of 50)

In the earlier magazines, there used to be articles with step by step pictures for things like duck confit.  I think they were called Master Classes, I'm sure someone will be along to tell the real name.  It's that type of recipe that is missed.  I don't even have the mag yet but know exactly what you are talking about. 


I have to agree with the letter writers.  One complicated recipe per issue is not too much to ask for.  Not that there is anything wrong with the recipes now, but I'm finding them, not boring, just not exciting.


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

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

MadMom's picture

(post #39587, reply #2 of 50)

I think so much emphasis is placed on the new magazines.  One seems to be coming out almost daily, and I have been in the position of bringing one home which I already had.  Shows what a great impression they make.  Still, I bought another one today.  I'm incorrigible.


Edited to add that I should have said the "collections", rather than magazines.  I, too, miss the Master Class, although #97 did remind me to make some homemade croissants someday...that is something which can't be duplicated by the store bought ones.




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

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

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!


Edited 1/4/2009 9:11 pm ET by MadMom

Adele's picture

(post #39587, reply #3 of 50)

Croissants are on my list for this year. 


Sounds like 97 will be a good one.  That just happens sometimes, one or two issues won't appeal to me, but then I'll do a lot out of one. 


I think FC has done a great job of recipes for almost every cooking stage, it could do better with the more complicated recipes though. 


 


 


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

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

bwf17's picture

(post #39587, reply #6 of 50)

Have you ever tried the ones from Tartine.....they are supposedly awesome.  I have not tried them yet.

 

 
MadMom's picture

(post #39587, reply #7 of 50)

No, I haven't, but I used to make croissants.  Don't know why I ever stopped, because they were absolutely fabulous.  Could have had something to do with my spreading thighs, LOL.



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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!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

nexus's picture

(post #39587, reply #8 of 50)

I keep saying that a waist is a terrible thing to mind.


Cheryl

StevenHB's picture

(post #39587, reply #9 of 50)

I don't think that this is the place to talk about spreading your thighs!


Maybe we'll find direction, around some corner, where it's been waiting to meet us.


Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
MadMom's picture

(post #39587, reply #10 of 50)

Hmmm...either you belong in the corner, or you're referring to calories.  In either case, shame on you!  Perhaps I should say "expanding my thighs"?



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

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

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

StevenHB's picture

(post #39587, reply #11 of 50)

I'm definitely inclined towards the corner.



Maybe we'll find direction, around some corner, where it's been waiting to meet us.


Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
Adele's picture

(post #39587, reply #13 of 50)

TMI!  TMI!  TMI!

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

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

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #39587, reply #12 of 50)

courgette's picture

(post #39587, reply #25 of 50)

Yes, I believe you commented that it was something to do with losing half a Sally......


Mo

teebee's picture

(post #39587, reply #4 of 50)

I would agree that one complicated recipe is not too much. I will admit that I have learned a lot from FC, and have become a much better cook because of reading the magazine. I think that the reason I like the magazine so much is because there is so much information about cooking. I didn't realize that I had so much to learn. I used to think that I was a good cook before I "discovered" FC (I had no idea).

I also read in another thread someone's comment about "Create your own recipe." I must admit that I like that feature, because it might encourage me to make something that I thought that I (or DH) wouldn't like because of a particular ingredient. With the "build your own" feature, I am given ideas of other ingredients to use.

Several of us have recommended FC as a "basic cookbook for a gift" in a thread, so we need to remember that there are brand new cooks subscribing to the magazine as well as those of us who have been reading (and learning and cooking) for years. And also taking advantage of everyone's knowledge and wonderful advice here! So there may be articles that we don't "need," but there may be someone who does.

skeeters's picture

(post #39587, reply #5 of 50)

tyfor the reply...I'm hyper to begin with..no telling what I would do with an EXCITING receipe...(911 comes to mind)  lol  


Skeet

highheat's picture

(post #39587, reply #14 of 50)

First read on new format - issue 97.  First glance I found pictures of food got larger (great) but font size shrunk in some sidebars.  Also found that in some cases pictures are too "cute", e.g. page 79 & page 80, picrture of people drinking and dog sniffing cake.  Would love to have picture of finished roasted potato and mushroom salad instead.  Hope the recipes stay as good as past issues. 

teebee's picture

(post #39587, reply #15 of 50)

Yes--you hit the nail on the head with the pictures! I want pictures of what the recipe looks like finished, or especially mid-process. The coffee has nothing to do with the recipe on page 80, and the picture of the dog sniffing the cake made me want to swat it away (I'm not big on animals near my food--unless I'm in the barn with a leftover apple core for my mare).

I'm glad that several people said that the font was smaller--I was getting ready to call my eye doctor.

There don't seem to be a ton of advertisements--which is normal (and good), but the paper does seem to be "flimsier." I suppose I'll just get used to the changes since my subscription doesn't run out for two more years...Apparently I returned every one of those "subscription renewal" cards!

Gretchen's picture

(post #39587, reply #16 of 50)

I just discovered that mine was here--going through beach mail. It really is a lot different and I think harder to follow. I just quickly went through it, having read all the comments on this thread and the other one in Kvetch.  I don't notice the font so much but there is something "disjointed" about the format--can't put my finger on it. Maybe it is what everyone else is referring to as "white space" in the old format, and less in this.


I think there is more advertising, BUT I know the realities of life and something has to pay, but really, this issue is about the same size as the BA that also arrived which also has a boatload of good recipes--at a LOT less money for the subscription--like free!


Now on to Food and Wine. I need to get a life!!


Gretchen
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bwf17's picture

(post #39587, reply #17 of 50)

It just runs on to me.  Every page looks almost like an advertisement.  I don't like the new titles for the articles and the icon above them.  And I really miss the recipe on the back cover.  I agree...it has been cheapened like BA, but the price is much higher....

 

 
Gretchen's picture

(post #39587, reply #18 of 50)

Well, I don't agree about BA--I like the new look, and think the content is good. It just seems like FC is very similar now, since I had the two issues side by side.


I go through BA and tear out the advertising that doesn't have any cooking content on the other side. Makes a nice magazine that way.


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Jean's picture

(post #39587, reply #19 of 50)

How do you get it for nothing?


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TracyK's picture

(post #39587, reply #20 of 50)

I was offered a free 12-month subscription upon spending $50 at Surly Table several months ago (at least I think it was BA, it may have been Gourmet). Since I was buying necessities and not luxuries it almost felt free, LOL.


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FL.Cook's picture

(post #39587, reply #26 of 50)

I was sent an offer that for $10 I could get a subscription for a year for me and a friend, so I sent one to my daughter in law.  Last year by spending $25 at Amazon I got a year free.  For either price it's worth it.  Also got an offer for Food and Wine for $6 a year, but I passed on that.  Enough is enough! 

Carole
bwf17's picture

(post #39587, reply #22 of 50)

I received it free with an offer on their Cookbook I received for Xmas awhile back.

 

 
Gretchen's picture

(post #39587, reply #23 of 50)

And I got it free for an Amazon order I think (this year) and from Jessica's Biscuit last year.

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MadMom's picture

(post #39587, reply #24 of 50)

I've seen it offered at amazon and others.  Just haven't bothered, because I have way too many magazines to read as it is.



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

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

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

bwf17's picture

(post #39587, reply #21 of 50)

I like the BA content more each issue, but I think it has far too much advertisement vs content compared to the previous format.  And I realize that is what defrays the cost, but we are paying dearly for FC.


 
 
kodiakid's picture

(post #39587, reply #27 of 50)

This is a copy of the letter I just emailed to the editor:

I'm taking you up on the request in your editorial to let you know what I think of the new format. I have to say I'm disappointed. I loved the magazine as it was and the new version just doesn't seem to be the same quality. The current issue doesn't have the clean welcoming look and feel of former issues. Somehow it feels disjointed-maybe less white space? Definitely more advertising, the paper seems flimsier, and there don't seem to be as many nice photos - one of the hallmarks of the magazine. I find the smaller font off-putting. I looked forward to sitting down with my new issue, and thumbed through it before I read the editorial. I found myself thinking, "What's wrong with this issue?"

Fine Cooking has become my favorite cooking magazine and I even praised it on the Bon Appetit forums where people are complaining about that magazine's new format. I suggested people switch to Fine Cooking. This current issue of Fine Cooking is sadly similar in some ways to the new, sad BA. I hope you will return the magazine to the high standard it's had.

Gretchen's picture

(post #39587, reply #28 of 50)

Glad you wrote. Interesting that I find the photos to be distracting, and not all that explanatory of the recipe (except the croissant article).  I like the new BA format, and side by side to the new FC, they are quite similar, in my opinion, even to increased advertising in FC. But the difference is the cost of the subscription. I can put up with some advertising when the magazine is free, or $10.  ;o)

Gretchen

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Jean's picture

(post #39587, reply #29 of 50)

I had subscribed to Threads since day 1, but their last revamping was the straw that broke the camel's back. I no longer have a complete set.


My first thought with these changes was --here we go again!  sigh.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #39587, reply #30 of 50)

It will be interesting, as everyone has said. The uproar at BA was HUGE, and immediate. I think they may have dialed back some of their change, but it is easier to see it on a monthly basis/quicker reaction time. I may be able to get all I want right here on CT after my subscription goes out.

I guess the proof/pudding for them will be if there is an increase in readership with the new look. Demographics yanno.
Gretchen


Edited 1/10/2009 11:04 am ET by Gretchen

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