In the magazine rack


Once upon a time I was quite familiar with current magazine titles, in pre-Internet days I’d have four or five different titles each month, read them fairly in-depth and buy new ones the following month.

Around the millenium magazine editors were worried that the growing  interest in the Internet would cause the demise of magazines so many of them went out on foolish limbs in an effort to maintain their readerships. This, coupled with ever growing advertising, prompted me to cut out magazines for over a decade.

In the past few years however a few edgy, hip, non-mainstream titles have appeared, Pip a permaculture magazine, Peppermint an eco-fashion and lifestyle magazine and latterly a couple of food magazines which are less celebrity cook focussed and more about home cooking.

I’m quite taken with Donna Hay’s new Fresh and Light which is about eating well, eating clean and green. I’ve always admired Hay who came from an ordinary Sydney suburban background as a cook — not a chef — to become an icon of simple stylish Australian food.

Unfortunately she brand endorses everything from crockery to aprons, she has pre-mixed food products on supermarket shelves and is always looking to expand the empire, activities which I believe cut her concentration on the food recipes. That said, she has a good take on food if somewhat meat heavy and “hero ingredient” focussed rather than offering a balanced meal.

Fresh and Light has a good number of very good recipes which can be made as whole meals and Hay’s baking recipes using different flours and other baking ingredients are incomparable. I think sweet recipes have always been her forte.

Eating Well is the poor cousin subsidiary of the Well Being stable. The budget is obviously limited and I have to wonder if there is any testing of recipes before they are printed. That said, this magazine is full of good healthy food ideas. Alternate sections of the magazine are “Sponsor recipes” featuring a particular product such as Mckenzie’s lentils, but most of those recipes can be used with a substitute product.

Have you found anything interesting on the magazine shelves?

2 thoughts on “In the magazine rack

  1. Well, I guess magazines that I still buy on the very odd occasion are Grassroots, Country Style and every blue moon I will buy a Frankie mag for the daughters – so nothing very foodie. I’m afraid as we do not like the modern push of sensational flavours so much – we are into comfort food which has pretty much become untrendy again


  2. My only magazine purchase these days is Feast from SBS. I enjoy the celebration of multicultural food and family life. So many of the recipes are family favorites with a long and interesting history. I keep the copies and often refer to them and sometimes just enjoy flicking through and salivating over the pictures .
    I checked this morning and my most recent Feast purchase was December 2015, I am certainly not going to keep the magazine running 🙂 .


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