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Is Food Network Expanding Into the Magazine World?

As you may know, I'm not the world's largest Rachael Ray fan. However I do think that her magazine is filled with yummy tidbits — anyone for dulce de leche cheesecake? — and interesting stories.

Recently there have been shake-ups at her magazine, and several editors are supposedly developing a new magazine at Hearst. So what is this new magazine? Well on Friday, Portfolio reported that Hearst is working on a new food magazine in partnership with Food Network.

So even if the brains behind Rachael's mag are coming aboard, will a Food Network magazine work without their stars (both Rachael and Paula Deen have their own magazines)? What do you think? Would you buy a Food Network magazine?


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kapikani kapikani 9 years
Hmm, I didn't really understand the whole issue with Rachel's mag. Did anyone else know what the real issue was? I actually buy a lot of food magazines because I love cooking and even if I don't get to make anything from a specific magazine, I still enjoy reading the tips or techniques used. It's a great way to get ideas and sometimes I create my own recipe from what I've read and learned. I subscribe to a lot of mags out there, from Taste of Home, Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Martha Stewart, BHG, to Cooks Illustrated; I also buy random ones from Barnes & Noble. From all the mags out there I love Cooks Illustrated (it has great tips and techniques) and Rachel Ray (great recipes). Now I'm not a real fan of her, however I don't hate her either. I'm afraid the Foodtv based magazine won't be any better. I'm assuming what they'll end up doing is including something from all the shows or chefs they have and let's admit it, we don't all like all of them nor do we watch all of them. I'd check it out at Barnes before i decide if I want to buy it.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
it would be great if they did
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 9 years
i do not care for rachael ray at all but....I love her mag, it has great ideas and a nice pull out. I would buy the first mag and then decide if i would buy another. There are some great shows on Food Network so maybe some with less famous (and less annoying) chefs can get thier face out there.
rickimc rickimc 9 years
I would definitely check out the first issue. Any knowing that it will be minus Rachael Ray is a big plus for me.
godeats godeats 9 years
Every season, the Food Network seems to be less and less concerned with offering programming about serious cooking. I imagine that a FN magazine would be a lot like People with recipes--ugh!
tralaladdy tralaladdy 9 years
i might, but there are already so many great food mags. and i'm so not a fan of rachael ray as well!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
No, really it would be paula deens vacant stare and alton brown diagrams, and sandra lee out of focus as usual.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I would get the first issue.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 9 years
I sincerely doubt it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Perhaps...if it had a tantilizing cover I would probably...
gigill gigill 9 years
No, but that's because I don't buy food magazines.
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