“Hello, my name is Morgan, and I’m addicted to food magazinesŠ…”

magazine mania

It could be worse. I could be addicted to cigarettes or heroin.

When I reach inside my mailbox and find that one (or more) of my food periodicals has found it’s way there, I am giddy.

But do I read it immediately? Oh no!

Like the meals they highlight, these gems are meant to be savored. Slowly. And with wine. I save them up for an evening I’m alone (either literally, or because Husband is catching up on sports on TV). I pour a glass of Pinot Noir, and slowly open the cover.

Dog-earring pages as I go, I challenge myself to make one new meal in the coming week. I stare at amazing photographs of mouth-watering ingredients and wonder what lens was used for each. I’ll read each recipe’s ingredient list and preparation instructions, imagining the taste of the final product. Later, I go back and tear out each marked page, and file the recipes via my nifty system.

A few years ago, I donated most of my cookbook collection. That was a big step, considering I had accumulated nearly 100. But the speed with which I could search the vastness of the internet for recipes made hanging on to them seem silly. And limiting.

So why not go cold-turkey? Why not cancel all 13 (and counting) subscriptions, save the money, go green, blah blah blah? Because there’s something about the tactile experience of opening a glossy magazine and turning the pages one by one as new flavors and techniques are discovered. With the internet, these “discoveries” are few and far between, since I usually initiate a search looking for something specific. And sometimes, as the saying goes, you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find it. Or, in the case of food magazines, until it finds you.

Besides, in the big scheme of things, reading these magazines is a form of entertainment. And it’s cheaper than heroin.

A running inventory:

  • Cooking Light
  • Whole Living
  • Saveur
  • Bon Appetit
  • Food & Wine
  • Gourmet (RIP)
  • Everyday Food
  • Rachel Ray
  • Real Simple
  • Food Shed
  • Cook’s Country
  • Fine Cooking
  • Cook’s Illustrated
  • Cuisine at Home
  • Food Network
  • Edible Twin Cities (added August 2013)
  • Eating Well (added June 2013)

By the way… if you have a similar guilty pleasure, you know that managing multiple subscriptions is hard.  Especially since the publisher starts sending renewal notices shortly after you receive your first issue.  If you want to ensure that you don’t let your subscription lapse OR that you don’t renew the same one multiple times, check out Amazon’s handy-dandy Magazine Subscription Manager.  Doesn’t matter if you originally subscribed through Amazon or not.  Load your info there, and voila!  All of your subscription info is organized in one place.  For free.

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11 Responses to “Hello, my name is Morgan, and I’m addicted to food magazinesŠ…”

  1. Morgan (Laura_ January 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    I am giving a baby shower for my neighbor’s daughter. My neighbor
    is, or thinks she is, Martha. Anyway I want to fix something that will
    “knock” her socks off.

    any suggestions?

    • admin January 17, 2013 at 12:16 am #

      YES! I will send you a couple of things :) Casual? Formal? How many people?

      • mary f.h. January 17, 2013 at 1:18 am #

        your uncle Jim says ribs. na
        30 people, casual, cannot afford formal.
        maybe semi-formal if there is such a thing.

        Just want something other than “chicken salad” if
        you catch my drift.

        • admin January 17, 2013 at 1:52 am #

          Gotcha’. “Noodling” about it. When’s the shower?

  2. mary f.h. January 17, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    did you get it? I am not really good at this.

    p.s. no smoothies please

    • admin January 17, 2013 at 1:52 am #

      Yes, and 10-4.

  3. Faye March 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas, the information is engaging, creative and ohhhhhhhh so good! Have you visited the “Eating Well” website or their magazine? Check it out. With abundant gratitude.

    • admin March 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      Faye, thank you SO much! You are so sweet… I LOVE Eating Well… You all staying safe and warm!?

  4. Amanda Paa April 11, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    I am addicted to food magazines as well! I love paging through them with a hot cup of coffee with inspiration flowing. I have recently started to organize the recipes I truly want to make by creating labeled file folders that follow the seasons, then tear out the recipes and find them a home. It has been fun! Since I’ve got all the important information out, I then give them to my YWCA so that others can read while working out.

  5. Kay September 20, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I laughed when I read your article on organizing all of ones “foodie” magazine recipes. An ongoing issue of mine, but one I simply enjoy. Like you, I love each new glossy magazine…because my husband and I have a bounty of vegetables coming in from our garden right now, I look for recipes that will provide me an opportunity to use as much of our produce as possible. Helps me from getting over zealous with desire to cook everything…!

    • Morgan Wood September 20, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Kay! I think of you and your gardening and cooking often! Hope you and Jerry are doing well — would love to catch up over a meal soon!

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