Bob Henrick wrote:if you have an opinion on the magazine let me hear it.
When it first came out, Bob, I loved it, and declared it my favorite food magazine. I still like some things about it - subscriber-supported, no advertising, and a very geeky perspective on hands-on cookery. But all that said, I let my subscription lapse about a year ago and haven't missed it. I'm not quite sure how it changed for me, but it was sort of a combination of it becoming more self-indulgent, more formulaic and less useful. Initially, I loved the idea of articles in which the writer would try five different ways to roast a chicken, then report on how they differed and why, but after a while they pretty much ran out of good topics.
I've also never thought much of their wine coverage. Initially they had a column by Mark Bittman that was so poor it prejudiced me against Bittman's <i>cooking</i> articles. Apparently the editors agreed, as they dropped his column, but the experience evidently poisoned them against covering wine at all. Now they don't do it.