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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Top 5 food magazines

Author: Keith Weller, USDA ARS
It’s official - cooking is the new breathing! From The Great British Bake Off through The Hairy Bikers to Masterchef the Professionals, it seems we Brits have a voracious appetite for the cookery show.

Form many of us, we need a constant stream of advice, ideas and tips to help us in the kitchen. Step forward the food magazine. If you're in the market for a new subscription to keep your family feeds, dinner parties or even late night treats fresh, let us run you through a few of the very best.

BBC Good Food
Best for… foodies

Described as ‘a must for anyone who enjoys good food’ a BBC Good Food subscription to this mag is a one-stop for anyone interested in cooking. The mix of recipes is fabulous with simple ideas to help get young children take their first culinary steps and fantastic dishes to test even the most experienced cook. Nutritional information also helps those keeping an eye on calorie intake.

Healthy Food Guide
Best for… figure watchers

Forget fad diets. A Healthy Food Guide magazine subscription offers scientifically based advice on optimum nutrition and how to eat well. The mix of articles includes news reports, recipes and health-related information on everything from allergies, intolerance, diabetes and heart-health to ensure you stay fit and well. A great choice for health-conscious cooks.

Best for… fans of the celebrity chef and for cooking for friends

You can’t go wrong with a bit of Jamie Oliver. You may not be a fan of his mockney accent, but his inimitable, bish-bash-bosh, chuck it all in, one-pot cooking is healthy, delicious and more importantly fail-safe. A subscription to Jamie magazine makes a fantastic gift for guys, girls and anyone wanting to produce fabulous food, at speed on a budget.

Great British Food Magazine
Best for…. Fans of traditional, hearty fare

The ‘Sunday Roast’ loving man or woman will lap up a Great British Food Magazine subscription. This publication, includes 10 issues a year and eschews ‘coulis of this, noisette of that’ nouvelle cuisine for more hearty fare. Sporting the tagline ‘Local, Regional, Delicious!’ the emphasis falls squarely on recipes that feature locally produced, seasonal ingredients.

Cake Sugarcraft
Best for… budding bakers

If you fancy yourself as a would-be Paul Hollywood (or perhaps just fancy Paul Hollywood), then a Cake Sugarcraft subscription will be the icing on your lemon drizzle! Magnificently illustrated, this quarterly title is loaded with inspirational ideas to get your creative cake-making juices flowing. There are step-by-step tutorials, features on seasonal cakes and new trends such as cupcakes and cake-pops and recipes for those with dietary restrictions. The sweetest of treats.

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