Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mmmmmm....Glossy Food Pictures
I love Saveur. Love it. I love how they talk about fancy, shmancy food with as much zeal as they do about food from fairgrounds. They give all kinds of food equal footing. They don't see any difference in savoring a good church potluck dinner and a meal from a roadside vendor in Asia somewhere. They take me to places I've never heard of, whether it's some small enclave in British Columbia or a village in Italy to tell me all about their cuisine. I love the photos, glossy and perfect, showing me tantalizing dishes with accompanying photos. I've even made recipes out of the magazine; spicy chocolate cookies and mac and cheese. I love the little sidebars in the beginning that give notices about upcoming food festivals all over the world. Or the Saveur List that is different every month. I keep these magazines and go back to them and read again and again about how something tastes or how this dish was passed down through generations of families. I tried reading Gourmet. I did. Simply because I love Ruth Reichel and her writing. But it was too......for lack of a better word, elitist. The recipes always contained bizarre ingredients that I'd have to pay and arm and a leg for. Saveur is more tangible. I feel like they're trying to just let you know of different things, not show you what you don't know. It's seriously the one magazine I wait eagerly for each month.

Oh, and "Real Simple" I loved you in the beginning. Really, I did. But you just started saying the same thing different ways. I mean, how many times can we organize, remove stains and make dinner easier? I used to tear tons of recipes out of you, but now I just leaf through it quickly and move on. Sorry. It was fun while it lasted.

And "Lucky?" Because a dress is $190 doesn't make it "affordable" or a "bargain." I understand in relation to the $300 dresses you show on your pages it is, but really.

I will however, always love InStyle. Where else can I find photos of celebrities sans the cheesy tabloidism (which sometimes is fun) and helpful hints and styles. I've gotten more outfit ideas from there more than anywhere else. It's my favorite magazine to take on a plane ride.

Oh...and by the way. Saveur has the best last page. They find these great photos and simply caption them with what they are. Whether it's a quirky restaurant in Taiwan where the patrons sit on closed potties and eat on covered sinks, or it's a vintage photo from the Hollywood Golden Era of the canteen, always something interesting.


Kerry said...

Oh yeah, what do they say about balogna?

Kerry said...

I used to read Real Simple, then I started referring to it as Real Boring.
I agree, the same thing said in different ways over and over and over and over and over get the idea.

Crabby said...

All I can see is pie. First Buddah Girl hits me with chocolate. Now you're killing me with pie. I'm never gonna lose weight. I'll be splitting pants seams till the day they bury me.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Kerry - This publication has extolled the virtues of pork roll, so I'm guessing balogna (happy?) is okay in their book.

Crabby - go visit - they make fish paste look appetizing. Maybe I'll have to scan some delicious healthy photos in.

Big Pissy said...

I've never heard of Saveur....sounds wonderful.

I agree with kerry....Real Simple=Real Boring.

I stopped reading/looking at Lucky....everything seemed way to young for me.

I do enjoy InStyle. I especially like InStyle Home. Which it came out monthly. :)

Jill said...

Maybe *I* should read that magazine - I love fancy artichoke and feta from the best pizza place in town just as much as Tony's frozen from the freezer!!! :-) :-) :-) Thanks for the magazine reviews! With summer break coming up I hope to have time to pick up a magazine very soon!!!!!