How you spend your time defines who you are.
A Balance of Luxury and Practicality, November 1, 2006
"As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations
of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and
abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other
people." ~P.G. Wodehouse, Something New
Creative advertising (love the GE firefly ad), practical advice
for your home and luxurious perfumes all blend effortlessly
throughout the pages of Real Simple. There I was wondering when
I should replace a down comforter and this magazine had the
answer. They also have some lovely quotes and ideas for
decorating your home with Liz Claiborne home items, like the
lovely bedding and towels.
The do it yourself features are fun with ideas like a hostess
gift you make up yourself with a basket and candles. Loved the
articles like "organizing your recipes; 8 foolproof
methods." But their advice on tossing cookbook in favor of
just keeping a few recipes! Hello. There are some cookbooks you
definitely want to keep.
They always seem to put a spin on old favorites, like the modern
cheesecake that is gourmet and elegant. The applesauce cake in
the November issue uses chunky applesauce so people might think
you spent all that time chopping apples.
~The Rebecca Review
Blueberry Pudding & Food Festivals, December 28, 2005
Saveur is a celebration of authentic cuisine with
everything from Food Festivals to very easy-to-make recipes,
like Blueberry Pudding. While there are a few book reviews for
foodies to enjoy, the writing introduces cooks to international
flavors and seasonal fare. Restaurants are also a feature as are
gourmet cooking essentials.
While reading you may discover a pastry shop or start to dream
of making a recipe like Chicken Fried Steak. Yes, this very
gourmet book has comfort food recipes as well as more complex
recipes like the one for Olive Bread which actually only
requires a minimum of bread making skills.
After reading this magazine I'm normally in the mood to drizzle
olive oil over just about anything I'm putting in the oven. The
recipe for Stuffed Tomatoes and Summer Squash had me wishing it
was October again and the recipe for Fig Jam reminded me of my
childhood in Africa where we had a Fig Tree in the backyard.
Saveur is filled with nostalgia, entertaining food adventures
and delicious recipes. With Amazon's Gourmet food section, we
can now find the ingredients to make many of the recipes in this
Everyday with Rachael Ray
Artistic Design with Unique Features, June 17, 2006
Spa Parties and T-shirts that say "Delish" are very
much a part of Rachael's magazine complete with pullout recipe
cards and travel features. The recipe cards all have shopping
lists on the back, so you can grab the cards and head to the
grocery store. There is also a handy recipe index organized by
categories at the end of the magazine.
The Kids recipe section encourages young cooks to participate in
family meals. This issue had a recipe for a delicious tuna salad
with roasted red pepper and grape tomatoes. Just for Kids tips
give ideas for how to juice a lemon and there are cute kid
comments about the recipes.
Everyday with Rachael Ray embraces life and does it with a
realistic flair. In the June/July issue, ideas for picnics
include shopping lists and recipes for Melon Skewers with
Orange-Lime Marinade. Roy Yamaguchi cooks at home with his
family and offers recipes like Miso Cod with Buttered Mushrooms.
What I like most about this magazine is the realistic recipes
complete with everyone cooking and enjoying life. The pictures
are spontaneous and the series of pictures for the Ice Cream
Cake are step-by-step heaven. Just when you think this magazine
has everything you could wish for, an Everyday Menu Planner
appears to give recipes and shopping lists. Grilled Shrimp with
Cucumber Salad and Smoked Turkey Panini are must-have recipes
for the summer. Peaches resting on a marshmallow meringue are
perfect for dessert after the Baby Back Ribs with Jammy Glaze.
This is a magazine about cooks, chefs and Rachael's recipes. The
"Ask Rachael" section gives you a chance to send in
e-mails to ask Rachael about her life or to have your foodie
question answered in the magazine. She also has decorating
advice so now you know what to do with the shells you collected
at the beach (or you could find them at Pier 1).
What is the best feature in this magazine besides the recipes?
"What is in the refrigerator of your favorite Celeb?"
I'm always intrigued.
If you collect cookbooks, there are many featured in this
inspired magazine. The advertising doesn't seem to overtake the
pages and is subtly blended in so it feels very natural and
~The Rebecca Review