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Food Network Magazine Doesn't Break New Ground

Food Network Magazine Doesn't Break New Ground

A month ago, we reported that Food Network was launching its own magazine on Oct. 14. Well, yesterday, we got our hands on the premiere issue of Food Network Magazine. To learn more about the new glossy and get our initial thoughts,


What's great: Since visualizing a dish is crucial for me, my favorite part of the issue was the highly organized recipe index, a spread with thumbnail shots of every recipe listed in the issue, along with the name and page, organized by meal part. The majority of the recipes are not available on the network's website and are fun and approachable.

What's not so great: Key elements — a mac and cheese-themed taste test, the size of the book, the overall feel — largely resemble Rachael Ray's magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray. It didn't come as a surprise to learn that the editor in chief, Maile Carpenter, was a former editor at Ray's magazine.

In PartySugar's opinion, the magazine felt dumbed down. Both of us agreed that the entire publication was like a plug to draw readers back to the Food Network. The book roundup promoted all the stars' newest cookbooks, and behind-the-scenes features focused on Iron Chef America. The secret ingredient from an upcoming battle was even blurred out in pictures, with a side note: "What's the secret ingredient? Catch the battle at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16!"

Does getting the scoop on the magazine make you want to read it? Do you have plans to subscribe?

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nancita nancita 8 years
Thanks for the review. It does sound a little too promotional (that Iron Chef thing is just shameless!) but I like the recipe index idea.
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
I would def pick up a copy to thumb through I was really excited when I saw this was coming out (I just recently subscribed to Rachel Ray's mag after buying a copy at Barnes and Nobles) and my biggest concern would be whether it would just be stuff from their website and shows combined or new material so if it tends to be new recipes I am excited to see it!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
they send to a letter to try it out and I said yes.n But I don't think I will subscribe.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
Thanks for the reviews! I think what I will end up doing is, instaed of getting a subscription (like i have to rachael ray) i will thumb through the recipes sicne they aren't available online, and if there are enough in there i want to try, I will buy that issue.
digigirl digigirl 8 years
Well, of COURSE it's all about drawing you back to the Food Network. I mean, it is called "Food Network Magazine!" Therefore, it makes sense to me that it would be featuring their shows and so on. I'm glad to hear that it has recipes not available online, as that would be one thing that would keep from subscribing. I will definitely pick up the first few issues to see what it looks like before subscribing, but I am interested in this magazine.
FNCrazy FNCrazy 8 years
I really appreciate all of your reviews of things and how simple they are...I don't always like reading and extremely lengthy detailed piece but this gets right to the main points--what's good/what's bad. I don't know about subscribing, but checking it can't hurt, right?
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I would just check it out at Barnes and Noble, I'd thumb through it right there. If it doesn't look appealing, I'd try again in a couple of issues. I haven't bought a food magazine in forever!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I will check it out as well, but I don't know if it's something I would get regularly.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I want to check it out too
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I would probably buy an issue to check it out myself to see what I think.
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