Advantages Good photos - Detailed Recipes Including Calories Etc
Disadvantages Only for the food connoisseur!
|Price of Magazine||£3.40|
|Frequency of Publication||Monthly|
I recently subscribed to a few magazines on the BBC 3 for £1 trial offer to see if any of them would give me inspiration in the cooking department. Olive was one of the magazines that I gave a try, which is issued monthly.
It is a glossy quality magazine and has around 130 pages. This month there is a focus on British Food.
~Eating In (of course recipes to try at home)
~Eating Out (reviews of restaurants and cafes)
~Eat Away (recipes and food from around the world)
Every month there is also an in depth discussion about a foodie issue. This month the discussion is about the pros and cons of commercial bread. This month there is also a feature on up an coming talent in the British Food Industry.
Straight away I felt as if the magazine was a bit pretentious. I had subscribed to a few others and so could make a comparison straight away. Good Food magazine seemed more down to earth and a bit more realistic. I can see that in this magazine they want to appeal to a more confident and adventurous cook, however the ingredients seemed a bit too 'posh' and some are only available from the Waitrose of M &S food section! This was for 'Miso Pollack with Edamame Noodles'
"I have been given some salt cod from Madeira and have no idea what to make with it. Any suggestions?"
There was a dish of the day section for the month of June which had some good ideas. I also thought that the styling and photographs made the food look very appetizing! The recipes are rated according to their difficultly which I thought was a nice touch. Each recipe also contains the nutritional content which is useful to know. There was also a challenge were Gordon Ramsay was challenged by a reader to make the best chicken curry. I won't say who won, but this is a regular feature and I though this was a fun part.
I mostly enjoyed the 'Eat In' section, but found the reviews of restaurants all over the UK a bit useless really. I am not likely to visit them and if I do, then I will probably have forgotten what was said by the time I do! This section I thought didn't have a great deal of use to most readers.
The most useful article for me was Lulu's masterclass - 'Olive's guru shares her cooking secrets'. What was it about?.... What cooking secret was she about to reveal?...- Making a simple sponge! Just about my limit!!
When Ciao asks whether you would recommend this to a friend - yes I would, but only someone who is adventurous and confident with cooking.
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