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The American food enthusiast or home cook has a dizzying array of magazines and periodical literature from which to choose. Not only do American publishers produce a magazine for nearly every taste or culinary point of view, they flood the newsstands and supermarket magazine racks with special issues and pamphlets dedicated to holiday entertaining, healthy eating, cooking for families and children, economical cooking, and other popular food subjects.
The four biggest general American food monthlies—Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and Saveur—each have a different look and style; they all contain information about culinary travel, restaurants, cooking traditions, and home cooking ideas, with tested recipes, and advertising by major food and non-food companies alike.
A number of magazines cater to the needs of serious home cooks: Cooks Illustrated, Fine Cooking, Everyday Food, Taste of Home.
An ever growing number of magazines specialize in healthy cooking or weight loss techniques: Weight Watchers, Cooking Light, Light and Tasty, Eating Well, Diabetic Cooking. Health and fitness magazines like Fitness, Self, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Yoga Journal, Shape, Prevention, Health, and many others contain diet plans and recipes for specialty foods and snacks.
Popular specialty magazines for various types of cooking include Cucina Italiana, Grilling, Cooking with Paula Deen, American Cake Decorating, Italian Cooking, Louisiana Cooking, and Chile Pepper.
Some serious and scholarly magazines for the confirmed foodie include Art Culinaire, (a hardcover bonanza of professional secrets, recipes, and techniques), The Art of Eating (a quality journal with recipes, food lore, and resources), Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture (featuring footnoted scholarly articles on food and culinary subjects), and Chef (for those in the cooking profession).
Many regional and lifestyle magazines—Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Oprah, Southern Living, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Cottage Living, House & Garden, to name a few—contain significant food sections, as do women’s magazines: Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and many others.
Most daily and weekly newspapers in the United States feature food sections; some, like those
in the New York Times and New York Times Sunday Magazine, are
considered authoritative and are frequently compiled into cookbooks. Like the general
cooking magazines, newspaper cooking features often combine the subjects of food and
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