Canadian Living, hands down. I have been given gift subscriptions to other food mags over the years (Cooking Light, Gourmet, etc.) but consistently Canadian Living is the one that I actually USE again and again.<br><br>
Why do I like them? Variety. Their are issues with lots of vegetarian recipes, others with meat, others that have lots of yummy baking ideas, other that focus on fresh produce. There is a range from how to do a recipe for the beginner cook to compicated dishes. Just about everything I have tried has turned out well. When each issue comes I mark the recipes I want to try that month and many of those have become regulars.
COOKING LIGHT!!! I love that mag! I think what does it for me is that I see whole healthy foods being used in really delicious recipes. I also love their seasonal features. I'm not veggie, but they have an index in the back of the mag that lists all their veggies recipes, and they have a monthly column that features veggie recipes.
Cooks Illustrated...it's the bomb <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> No advertising, thorough articles, tests, etc. I love it! And the back cover art is always lovely. It's not veggie, it's totally foodie.
Well, I can't make everything in it because they do so many meat and non-kosher recipes, but I like Gourmet. I like the articles, and I find the recipes for the most part very reliable. If you would like to try their recipes, they have a website, <a href="http://www.epicurious.com" target="_blank">www.epicurious.com</a> that has nearly all the recipes in recent issues of Gourmet and Bon Appetit, plus other recipes from cookbooks they have reviewed. You can search by ingredient, and visitors to the site rate the recipes and give comments.<br><br>
Gourmet runs, as a regular feature, a low-fat menu each month, and they list which recipes are vegetarian at the back.<br><br>
I also enjoy reading Cook's Illustrated, even though I think they are a little loony and there are not as many recipes I want to make in that one. I like them because their overly-thorough recipe testing cracks me up! I also find their recipes quite reliable, which they should be after all that testing! Not too many recipes on their website.<br><br>
I also occasionally read Vegetarian Times.
I like Gourmet, just 'cause it's gorgeous, and I also LOVE to look at Saveur, although I have never made any of the recipes--they're a little out of my league. I also subscribe to Vegetarian Times, but don't care for it that much--too many of the recipes seem to include fake meat of some variety. Since I'm a carnivore, I'll eat the real thing if I want it; what I want from a vegetarian mag is good recipes that really showcase the vegetables, KWIM?<br>
I have read a lot of cooking mags and my favorite hands down is<br><br><a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=page-cat&id=cat16260" target="_blank">Everyday Food</a><br><br>
All the recipes are simple and use ingredients that are found in eveyone's grocery store. I highly recommend it!
I too love mags with beautiful pics:<br><br>
Cook's Illustrated every so often--I get a little anal-retentive<br>
when I read it and start critiquing all my pots and pans. SAHMotherhood<br>
doesn't jive with lots and lots of all-clad and le creuset.<br><br>
The holiday edition of Cooking Light always has good recipes.<br><br>
Surprisingly, Oprah often has good recipes (and gorgeous pics) of<br>
food in her mags.<br><br>
FInally, another periodical that I love to read (DECIDEDLY non-veggie in<br>
nature) is John Thorne's newsletter Simple Cooking (<a href="http://www.outlawcook.com" target="_blank">www.outlawcook.com</a>).<br><br>
Saveur for reading. I love this magazine. I also have never made anything out of it but love to read it and fantasize about traveling to all the neat places the report on.<br><br>
Bon Apetit for cooking. I had a subscription for nearly ten years and just recently let it run out as ever since the babe arrived I do less and less fancy cooking and figured I could live off of my old issues until I was ready to start cooking again. I had it for years when I was a vegetarian and always found yummy things to make. I found Gourmet to rich for my taste and Bon Apetit just about right. The recipes are consistently delicious.
I adore my Martha Stewart Living mags. I also like the Everyday Food mag that she came out with too. Her mags always have beautiful pictures. I've made many of her recipes and they always get raves. I like the rest of the content as well, so that's a bonus.<br><br>
I also get Bon Appetit for looking, but don't actually make a lot of the recipes.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Saveur for reading. I love this magazine. I also have never made anything out of it but love to read it and fantasize about traveling to all the neat places the report on.<br></div>
Me too. I have learned so much about food by just reading it.
I always liked Cooking Light. I gave it up a few years ago, but then my husband noticed (this was 2 years ago) that for sending in 2 upc codes from the popsicles we were buying we got a year free! This year, I got a gift subscription.<br><br>
Some of my favorite recipes are in there, but so many recipes seem to use prepackaged food and things that we just don't eat.
I like Fine Cooking. It has good recipes, a lot of information about different foods. Each issue they feature a vegetable or fruit and give lots of info about it and different ways to prepare it. They used to give less detailed info about several produce items, and I think I liked that better, but this is good. They also do taste testing of something (olive oil, chocolate, chicken broth, yogurt, to name a few). And they test kitchen gadgets and give info about which is best, and why (so that if the one they like the best is best at something you don't want to use it for, you can see which is best at what you want it to do -- did that make any sense??). They've done testing on blenders, food processors, and salad spinners, that I can remember. If they call for something you've never seen before, they tell where to find it. They have a feature on different kitchen tools, and they tell you what their favorites are and why.<br><br>
And they have easy recipes as well as complicated ones. And they have an occassional "cooking without a recipe" feature. That one's nice. And the recipes I've tried are wonderful!! And they have an extra holiday issue each year dedicated to baking (my true love)!!<br><br>
Oh, and they have lots of great photos. And at the beginning of each issue, they give some menu ideas from the issue.<br><br>
Well, that's my favorite.<br><br>
Ive been getting Cooking Light for a few years now and I love it. I also use their website for the discussion forum and for recipes. You can put in one ingredient and it comes up with a list of recipes. Very Handy when Youre trying to use up leftover parsley or ricotta cheese. ANd though Im a veggie now, I still find recipes I can use and they are 98% great! Their cookbooks are great too!